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Category: Less Stress, More Ease (Page 2 of 7)

21 Ways to Eliminate Stress from Your Life

Helpful Ways to Eliminate Stress

Wouldn’t it be better to prevent unnecessary stress rather than scramble to manage excessive stress once it’s out of control and wracking havoc on your body, brain, and emotions?

It’s not possible to remove stress completely, and you wouldn’t want to.  Stress is a natural response to potentially dangerous events.  And positive stress, known as “eustress,” keeps you moving through challenges towards your goals.

With a little thought and determination, however, you can subtract many of the sources of stress from you life.  Once you do, ease and joy will become the norm rather than a constant sense of frazzle.

It takes time to eliminate stress.  I’ve been eliminating stressors for a while now and there’s more to go.  Some causes of stress are deeply rooted in the psyche, so naturally it will take longer to remove them.  Nevertheless, I think you’ll agree, eliminating the causes of stress is one of the best ways you can contribute to your own health and well-being.

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How to Stop Stress: Know Your Early Warning Signs

Monthly Stress Challenges | Stress Tips

When you know your early warning signs of stress, you can head tension off at the pass.  This is such a worthwhile habit to develop because chronic stress is a killer. Too much of it kills your joy, ruins your relationships, and wrecks your health.

Take 5 minutes right now and jot down your immediate response to the following questions.  When stress starts to mount:

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My Morning Routine: How I Start Each Day with Ease

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When you start your day with a calm morning routine, ease will naturally punctuate the rest of your day.

In fact, research shows that an early morning increase in stress can continue all the way into the afternoon.  Best to avoid that, don’t you think?

Here’s a peek into my morning routine.  I hope it will inspire you to start your day off with ease too.

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Stress Tip: Enjoy Time In Nature for More Ease

Would you like to reclaim your calm, your cognitive clarity, and your productivity. Discover the stress-relieving benefits of nature.

According to countless research studies, spending time in nature can improve mental performance, better your health, extend your life, and reduce cortisol, that pesky stress hormone.

In the 1980’s, the Japanese instituted a preventative health technique called “forest bathing” or “shinrin-yoku.” Forest bathing involves walking calmly in a woodland area, gently breathing, and taking in the sights, sounds, and smells of the pastoral atmosphere.

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9 Ways to Find Serenity In A World Gone Mad

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When I read about the unrelenting work demands at a company like Amazon, I’m convinced the world has gone utterly insane.

You can work as hard as you want, but eventually you’ll discover that a healthy balance between activity and quiet is essential for a happy and sustainable life.  Too much busyness will eventually lead to a breakdown of one sort or another, as illustrated by the experience of some white color workers interviewed in this New York Times exposé of the brutal and bruising work environment at Amazon.

Accidents, injuries, and minor illnesses like the common cold often seem to arise when your life tips out of balance.  You might brush these warning signs aside, but the body and the heart refuse to be ignored indefinitely.  Eventually, stronger and deeper indicators will arrest you once again.

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How to Overcome Digital Overwhelm, Once and For All

Overcome digital overwhelm + digital overload

With an irresistible force as strong as a black hole, digital reality can suck you into a Never Never Land where you lose all track of time, sense of dimension, and gravity of importance.  Without question, digital engagement can be addictive.  In fact, university students have described digital media as a “drug.”

In a major research study, more than 1,000 college students around the world were asked to go without media for a 24-hour period.   They used terms like “addiction” and “withdrawal” to describe the decidedly distressful experience.  Imagine itching like a crackhead because you can’t use your phone.  Without their digital accessories – for just a single day – many students reported feeling sad, lonely, depressed, or even “dead”.

Do you too sometimes feel like you can’t resist the call of digital media?  The truth is it’s not easy to disconnect – for almost everyone, not just you.  Scrolling through email, typing out text messages, and looking at rising blog statistics can fire up the brain’s dopamine reward system creating a pleasure-inducing hit that has even become clinically addictive for about 6% of the population.

Isn’t it a relief to know you’re not alone?

There are many practical fixes for digital madness to help reduce the insanity.  But like any addiction or unhealthy habit, digital fascination tends to return to haunt you again and again.  That’s certainly happened for me.

So how do you uproot digital overwhelm once and for all? 

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