4 Healthy Lifestyle Habits To Deal With Stress & Live Your Purpose
Jan 08, 2019
Do you feel tired and sleepy for longer than 15 minutes when you wake up in the morning? Still stumbling to the coffee pot for your SECOND cup?
This is because your mind is still cluttered up with all of the day’s work and home-related pressure and stress. The majority of people face a lot of stress in their daily routine i.e. stressful job, a messy home life, kids crying for every little thing, habits like poor eating that are bad for your health. The importance of stress-reducing activities and sleep is to help reverse the effects these stresses have on our minds and bodies.
Some people cope with these problems by drinking, smoking, binge eating, or whatever vice you may have that is also injurious to your health. These are not behaviours supportive of a healthy lifestyle.
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If you don’t know how to manage a stressful life there are three simple steps I recommend to get you started coping better with stress. In this article, I’ll explain that the simple steps to follow to live your life in a more manageable way for a balanced and healthy lifestyle.
- One thing at a time: A perfectly balanced and stress-free life is a myth, but your life will certainly never be close to stress-free if you try to tackle too many things at one time. The easiest way to start decreasing your stress is to focus on the most important task and get it done. Many business and productivity experts recommend this idea of putting first things first, and not moving on until it's done. For example, if you want to write a report at work, make sure you distance yourself from mobile phones and other email notifications in order to focus on writing and you will finish your work more quickly. This idea that multi-tasking is the best way to be efficient and productive is sexy, but we are human! Our brains just are not physiologically optimized to split our focus that way.
- Set (and ruthlessly focus on) your goals: The most important function of goal setting is that it helps you decide quickly what you should NOT be spending your time on. Make a thoughtful list of your goals that focus you on those activities that lead you to the life that you want. Your goals must be written in the SMART layout: specific, measurable, action-oriented, realistic, and time-bound. Look at your personal goals at least once a week to motivate you to keep working toward them smartly. Set your goals as a top priority and learn to say “No” to those plans that are not included in your priority list and actually place needless stress upon you. Develop the habit of writing down your action steps at least once a day to help you to move even closer toward achieving your goal of a balanced and a healthy life. Do this activity every day and one year you will take more than 1000 steps that make your life its best.
- Embrace the journey, bit by bit: The best piece of advice I can give you after setting a goal, is to focus on enjoying process not the results. Life is a big experiment and notoriously unpredictable... the value of goal setting is that they push you to do more than you would have otherwise done. Often this lands you the results you are after but we don't always "get there" or sometimes we get something totally unexpected. In either case, we still end up having learned and enjoyed more than if we hadn't set the goal. So take the journey seriously but hold your results lightly. Remember make your journey a beautiful and enjoyable one.
- Perk Yourself Up With Self-Care: Sometimes, we all need to do something that encourages us. Whenever you feel down or stressful, try to do something creative that makes you feel more active. Alternate ideas: You can take a nap, read a book, take a bath, or go for a nature walk to feel more refreshed. Commit to sleeping well and try to get to bed early because sleeping late can be very stressful and also not good for your health.
If you would like to learn more about adopting a healthy lifestyle, my why not grab your copy of my Health Heat Map Quiz and see how your current habits stack up? Just click here.
Laura Nurse, BBA, ND
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