Stress can keep you off balance, subconsciously searching for that one "Aha" moment when you realize what you must do in order to resolve the situation and easy your discomfort.
Unless you've experienced it you just don't know how debilitating these feelings can be: feelings of constant turmoil and fear. You know, that sick, churning feeling in your gut that just won't go away: feelings of inadequacy, and of responsibilities so overwhelming you're sure you'll never be able to handle it all.
Stress can affect women both physically and mentally. Some of the most common life events that can cause stress are:
- Death of a family member or spouse
- Financial worries
- Loss of job
- Serious illness
Each woman has her own set of worries and responsibilities. In order to cope with the onslaught of our daily lives we need to develop some outlet that allows the mind and body to "take five" and step off the roller coaster, if you will, even for a short while. Below are 3 coping skills you must have for self-preservation:
1. Do Something Physical:
Run, swim, walk, play tennis......anything that you really enjoy doing will fit the bill. Run an extra mile that day. Add a few extra laps in the pool. Do whatever it takes to get your body moving and let your mind rest. Exercise also has a calming effect that lasts long after the activity is over. When I am physically tired I find it much easier to fall asleep and stay asleep.
2. Learn How To Relax:
True relaxation is a skill you need to develop. Deep breathing exercises, slow stretches and meditation are a great place to start. They can be done anywhere and don't require any money to enjoy. Relaxation can ease the effects of stress placed on your body, which allows you to think clearer and make better choices.
3. Get Away From Your Stressor:
Although learning how to cope with stress is sometimes not an easy feat, with practice, you can take control of your feelings and get your life back on track. Never give up. Life is just too short not to enjoy it to the fullest.