Certified Wellness Coach Sarah Kirk (M.Ed., Exercise Science), who is also a member of our awesome Customer Success team, is back on the blog this week to share about what wellbeing and wellness methods can help you deal with the stress in your life.
We have all been through a stressful situation or two in our lifetime and there’s no easy way to escape our daily stresser. Stress can be derived from traumatic events, change (good or bad), work, family, school or other daily life responsibilities.
However, regardless of why you’re experiencing stress, it’s important to remember that it’s something that everyone experiences. That said, even though we all experience it, how we manage our stress is crucial, especially when it comes to our overall wellbeing.
Studies show that excessive stress can really take a toll on your long-term health; meaning you could become sick with things like the “common cold” more often and even developing conditions such as obesity, diabetes, etc. So what can you do?
One of the first steps to overcoming stress is determining the cause behind it. Once you have an idea of where it’s coming from, start with these actions:
- Write down the name of your stressor.
- Brainstorm ideas to overcome that stressor. (For example, is money stressing you out? Ideas can include creating a budget and listing ways to help you stick to that budget.)
With those actions getting you on the right path to beating your stressor, consider these additional options that can help your overall health and wellbeing.
- Exercise: As few as 30 minutes a day of exercise (going for a walk or run, lifting weights, group exercise classes) can help reduce stress levels.
- Yoga & Meditation: Even a few minutes of deep breathing can encourage feeling more calm and relaxed.
- Make a To-Do List: Prioritize the work that needs to be done first, and is of most importance to complete, and then tackle each item one at a time.
- Set Realistic Goals and Deadlines: It’s unrealistic to think that you can eliminate your stress in one day, give yourself time and encouragement for what you’ve accomplished so far.
- Seek Professional Help: If your stress becomes too much or you feel yourself becoming overwhelmed, seek medical attention; your doctor may have additional recommendations or professional resources that can help.