How to Live a Stress Free Life No Matter How Tough Life Gets

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“It’s not stress that kills us; it is our reaction to it.” – Hans Selye

In today’s world people are drowning in stress. While some stress, like the stress of a deadline can motivate you to get a project done on time, all this stress can add up and after a while even what seems to be a small amount of stress can adversely affect your ability to perform adequately.

A research study entitled, “Cognitive Emotion Regulation Fails the Stress Test,” found that even a small amount of stress directly and negatively impacts a person’s ability to keep their emotions in check. ( The Proceedings for the National Academy of Sciences of the United States, vol. 110 no. 37, Candace M. Raio,  15139–15144)

A very real problem is that if it is left unchallenged stress can adversely affect both your mind and body. For example, stress causes a release of hormones circulating into your blood stream, causing your heart to beat faster and making your blood vessels constrict. This increases blood pressure, and can exacerbate an existing heart condition.

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Studies have also found that chronic stress can have an undesirable impact on your love life, causing impotency in men. Other studies have found that high levels of stress in pregnant women can have a negative effect on their child’s development.

On top of all that, studies have found that stress can also cause issues with your body weight.

Here’s what you need to know. If you want to survive in today’s busy world you are going to need to learn how to deal with stress effectively.

Don’t Worry – Be Happy

Most people worry about all kinds of things that never even happen. Bobby McFerrin had the right idea, don’t worry be happy.

Decide here and now to stop mulling over things that are out of your control. Instead start using outcome thinking, visualizing the outcome you’d like to see. Using visualization you can improve your outcomes while reducing your stress levels.

Besides, worrying doesn’t contribute to the problem-solving process in any way. In his recording, “The Essence of Success” Earl Nightingale tells us that the statistics about worry are as follow:

“1. Things that never happen: 40 percent. That is, 40 percent of the things you worry about will never occur anyway.

2. Things over and past that can’t be changed by all the worry in the world: 30 percent.

3. Needless worries about our health: 12 percent.

4. Petty, miscellaneous worries: 10 percent.

5. Real, legitimate worries: 8 percent. Only 8 percent of your worries are worth concerning yourself about. Ninety-two percent are pure fog with no substance at all.” (Earl Nightingale, The Fog of Worry (Only 8% of Worries are Worth It))

Using What If the right Way

A lot of people ask “What if…?” and think about the most negative outcome. You can still ask “what if…?” in a situation but instead of worrying about what might go wrong use your “what if” question to think about what might go right.

What if you get that project done on time? What if you make that sale? What if you improve your health? What if you get that new job? What if she says yes?

Instead of getting caught up mind worry and stress the what if things go right questions puts your mind in a positive frame that helps you generate solutions to the challenges you face.

Remember that at any given moment, you’re either working on a solution, or you’re spending time worrying. Why not focus on the solution.

Belly Breathing

Using belly breathing is a great way to clear your mind and reduce your stress. Belly breathing is when you take deep breaths that cause your stomach to rise instead of your chest.

To begin your belly breathing practice simply designate five minutes out of your day to focus on your breathing. Just continue to focus on your breathing. If your thoughts move away from your breathing – and they always do – take a moment to refocus on your breaths.

With practice you’ll find you can use belly breathing to relax almost instantly.

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Stop Letting Your Stressors Gang Up on You

Just like a single neglected weed can take over a garden in a few weeks, if left alone small everyday stresses can add up quickly and start to take over your life.  You can free yourself of these low-grade stressors by understanding them and then taking action to deal with them as they come up.

Start now by making a list of all the stressors in your life. Once you think you’ve got them all down, step away for a day, and then go back to the list to add any you forgot.

Then, go through them one by and write a sentence or two on how you plan to handle them when they come up. The next time a stressor comes up try using your solution. If it works great! If it doesn’t try something else until you figure out what will work. This takes time, but step by step, you’ll begin feeling stress free.

What you’ll find is that as you remove these small, everyday stressors you’ll improve your ability to deal with life’s larger issues. Small issues will no longer drain you, leaving you with more energy and feeling more optimistic. With optimism comes opportunity.

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While you will never get rid of them, proactively dealing with stressors will improve every area of your life. You’ll do better work. You’ll form deeper relationships with your family and friends. You’ll begin to feel grateful for your life again.

Stop letting stress run your life. You can live stress free. Start today.

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Wil Dieck is the founder of Total Mind Therapy©, a system that uses Neuro Emotional Conditioning (NEC)©, a process that combines advanced hypnotherapy (hypnosis), NLP or Neuro Linguistic Programming techniques and the deep breathing meditative breathing techniques from Qigong, a Chinese Martial Art into a highly effective healing and transformation process.

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