Stress Relief Tips & Techniques 

...Less Overwhelm and More Zen

You wake in the morning feeling more tired than the night before - filled with dread for what the day may hold.  Reluctantly, you drag yourself out of bed.  Looking at the clock, you realize you overslept and make a mad dash for the shower.   

Three outfits later, you still have not found what you want to wear.  Getting your favorite dress up over your hips was a challenge on its own, now the darn dress won’t zip.  “Aargh!  I knew I should have laid out my clothes from last night.”  Finally, you've found something that fits.  “This will have to do.” 

“No time for breakfast, I’ll just grab something on the way”.  Almost tripping on the fancy exercise equipment as you bolt for the door (God knows the last time you actually used it)

Hopping in your car, you brace for the traffic ahead.  Hoping and praying it's your lucky day. 

...and that's just the start of your day.

  • Do you feel like you are running on the treadmill from hell, with no end in sight?
  • No time for yourself, always in busy mode?
  • Feeling exhausted all the time? whether running on empty or hopped-up on caffeine?
  • Are you desperately looking for more zen and less overwhelm?

The Importance of Stress Management

Stress can be defined as a state of mental or emotional strain or tension resulting from adverse or demanding circumstances.  More and more women have reported feeling higher levels of stress just trying to strike a balance between work and home life.  If not properly managed, it can wreak havoc on your health and well-being - it may even cost you your life.

According to Danzae Pace, it is the "trash of modern life - we all generate it but if you don't dispose of it properly, it will pile up and overtake your life."

The effects of stress are varied and can affect the way you feel in your body, the way you think and the way you act.

Stress can lead to:

  • Increased blood pressure and heart rate, higher cholesterol, and risk of heart attack - heart disease and stroke cause 1 in 3 women’s deaths each year, killing approximately one woman every 80 seconds
  • Mood issues, including anger and depression, lack of energy, and sleep issues
  • Increased fat storage, especially around your mid-section and disrupted hunger cues (not being able to tell if you are truly hungry or full) leading to overeating
  • Aches and pains in the joints and muscles
  • Reduced ability to fight and recover from illness due to lowered immunity
  • Digestive issues including, stomach cramps, acid reflux, and nausea
  • Low/No sex drive and absent or irregular menstrual cycles
  • Lower bone density making you more at risk for broken bones
  • Hair loss
  • Acne and other skin problems

Pay close attention to your body, your moods, your energy level.  The quicker you make the connection with how you feel and what's going on in your life, the faster you will be able to manage the effects of the emotional or physical strain.

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