Secrets of How to Cope With Stress

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How to cope with stress

While some stress can motivate you to get your work done on time, too much stress can be bad for your mental and physical health.

The problem with stressful situations is your body reacts to them with a fight or flight response. While this response is helpful if you are being attacked by a saber toothed tiger, it can cause serious problems if you react with it on an ongoing basis to normal stressors, such as driving. Then your stress can become chronic.

So how can you cut down on your stress?

Learning How to Cope With Stress

While there are circumstances beyond your control, there are ways to deal with approach stressful situations.

Here are 7 methods use can use to cope with stress and live a calmer life:

1) Use Conscious Stress Coping Methods

If you are being affected by stress your first line of defense is to take charge of your stressful situations and seek solutions. Avoiding challenges only makes them worse, compounding your stress instead of reducing it.

2. Choose How You Label Stressful Situations

A situation is only as stressful as you perceive it. You can label a situation any way you want to. So instead of thinking about an event as stressful you can label it as an exciting puzzle that needs a solution.

• You can choose to be a victim or you can take action and make it better.

3. Use Exercise to Cope with Stress

Your fight or flight response causes your sympathetic nervous system to dump lots hormones into your body. Exercise is a simple way for you to burn off these chemicals.

• Too much exercise can also cause stress. Exercise enough to get your body moving and a little sweaty, not so much that you stress it out.

4.  Meditate

Meditation can help you relax and defuse your body’s stress response.

Most people think they have little control over their stress response. Meditation gives you direct control over your breathing, heart rate and blood pressure.

• Just finding a quiet place to sit and take slow, deep breaths can be very calming. An easy way to do this is to take a slow, deep breath, hold it for two seconds, and then release it slowly.

5. Practice Mindfulness

According to Psychology Today “Mindfulness is a state of active, open attention on the present… mindfulness means living in the moment and awakening to experience.”

Mindfulness means completely focusing on the task at hand. This means if you’re folding laundry, you should only be thinking about folding laundry, not thinking about your spouse, work, bills, or anything else.

• It’s essentially impossible to be stressed when you’re living in the present moment. When you’re worried or stressed, you’re either worrying about something in the past or future. In other words you’re either getting upset about something that’s already over or worrying about something that hasn’t happened yet.

6. Take Care of Your Health

One of the most important things you can do to cope with stress is to eat a healthy diet and get adequate sleep.

• Your body needs nutritious food and regular sleep to de-stress and heal from the rigors of the day. Two easy ways to cope with stress is to eat healthy foods and follow a regular sleep schedule.

7. Find Some Stress-free Activities than You Can Regularly Enjoy

Be proactive. Maybe golf is your thing. Maybe volunteering makes you feel better. Find a new hobby that engages your mind, like chess or learning the guitar.

These types of activities can help to get your stress level under control when it first starts to rise.

• Take the time to pay attention to your body and mind. When you first begin becoming stressed, take the time to partake in the activity of your choice.

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The effects of stress can be extremely damaging. Animal studies have shown that the average lifespan can be greatly reduced when an animal is subjected to constant stress.

This doesn’t have to happen to you.

Use these tips to cope with stress to reduce your stress level as much as possible. Not only will you feel better you’ll also be happier.


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About the Author

Wil Dieck is America’s #1 Mental Fitness Coach©. He is also the founder of Total Mind Therapy©, a system that uses Neuro Emotional Conditioning (NEC)©.

NEC is a system that uses the best of three highly effective processes, Advanced Hypnotherapy, Neuro Linguistic Programming techniques (NLP) and the deep breathing meditative breathing techniques from Qigong, a Chinese Martial Art. He has combined them into one powerful system that can help you make quick and lasting shifts in your thinking and your behavior.

Wil is a Master Neuro Linguistic Programming Practitioner (NLP) hypnotherapist and Qigong Practitioner. His office is located in San Diego, CA.

He has taught hundreds of people in individual and business settings how to use Neuro Emotional Conditioning (NEC)© techniques in both their business and personal lives in methods of finding happiness and building the life of their dreams.

Wil is available for individual coaching sessions and group presentations on how to use NEC or hypnosis and Neuro Linguistic Programming as well as the deep breathing meditation techniques from Qigong to cope with stress.

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