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Motivational Life Coaching Corner: Coping With and Managing Stress in Healthy Ways

Between 75-90% of all doctor’s visits are stress-related. Stress comes in a variety of symptoms, ailments, and conditions. Stress can affect you spiritually, physically, and emotionally. There are many things in life to cause us to feel stressed and anxious. Chronic stress can complicate matters and can lead to burn-out and Adrenal Fatigue.

 The Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines stress as a state of mental tension and worry caused by problems in your life, work, etc.; something that causes strong feelings of worry and anxiety; a physical, chemical factor that causes bodily or mental tension and may be a factor in disease causation.

Be kind to yourself.

➡️ What happens to our bodies under stress:

1. Cortisol mediates various metabolic processes. Cortisol levels can be elevated if we are under physical or psychological stress.

2. The immune system can weaken and you can become more susceptible to colds and cases of flu.

3. Have difficulty falling or staying asleep.

4. Bouts of irritability, anger, and easily frustrated/annoyed.

5. Fatigue and don’t feel like you got a restful night’s sleep.

6. Anxiousness, fear, and low moods (mild depression).

7. Mood swings (hormones out of balance).

8. Feelings of being overwhelmed.

9. Eating too much or too little.

10. General sense of not feeling well (malaise).

 ➡️ What are we stressed about? Some common stressors in people’s lives: 

1. Family

2. Marriage (getting married if you are not married)

3. Children

4. Finances

5. Work, career

6. School

7. Budgeting, paying bills

8. Paying for children’s education, college

9. Health

10. Health of family members

11. Friendships (lack of or not spending enough time with)

12. Death of a loved one

13. Death of a pet

14. Divorce, remarriage

15. Stepfamilies

16. Salvation of loved ones

17. Not sleeping

18. Unresolved childhood issues or unresolved grief issues

19. Single parenting

20. Fear of the unknown, not being in control

21. Addictions with self or family members

22. Infidelity

23. Infertility, miscarriage, abortion

24. Moving, adjustments/transitions

25. New job or retirement

26. Having a baby

27. Debt

28. Family member moving in

29. Family member having emotional/ mental difficulties

30. A goal/dream was not accomplished

 ✅ Add up the above stresses for the past year and if you listed 5 or more that occurred this last year, you could have a high level of stress that needs to be dealt with.

Practice taking care of you!

 ✅ Steps to Coping with Stress and Ways to Manage Stress Levels: 

1. Spend daily time in the Word, praying and giving thanksgiving for the things that are good in your life.

2. Write down (5) things to be thankful for EVERYDAY. Keep a Gratitude Journal.

3. Journal, and write often. Write the date on each journal entry and how you are feeling, what God is speaking to you, and anything else that would be helpful.

4. Walk or do light exercise. Walking is the best exercise for stress reduction.

5. Take it One Day at a Time. Focus your energy and thoughts on the present day.

6. Do something fun daily! Enjoy your life!

7. Find a hobby such as gardening, bird watching, or painting.

8. Watch comedies often! Laugh! Smile!

9. Take every thought captive into the Obedience of Jesus Christ and renew your mind continually. Watch what you are thinking and talking about.

10. Eat balanced meals consisting of fresh fruits, vegetables, and protein. Stay away as much as possible from fried foods, processed foods, sugary snacks, and high-energy drinks.

11. Drink 3 cups of green tea and/or Yerba Mata tea. You can choose to drink 1 8oz. cup of coffee.

12. Switch to Stevia instead of sugar.

13. Limit your time with negative, draining, and toxic people. Watch who you're spending your time with.

14. Avoid overreacting to problems as much as possible. Practice praying first, and being still.

15. Listen to relaxation music such as jazz, classical, and soothing sounds.

16. Take bubble baths and light scented candles.

17. Light-scented candles and other fragrant scents throughout your home.

18. Don’t take on the burdens and problems of others. You can pray for others always and intercede ONLY when God calls you to.

21. Set limits and boundaries with others. Learn to say, “No.” Do not try and meet the expectations of everyone.

22. Be a God pleaser, not a man pleaser.

23. Do not seek the approval of others but what God would have you to do.

24. If you can afford a massage or you can have your spouse do it for you.

25. Take time off when you can. Rest when you can. You don’t have to be going and doing all the time!

26. Take small vacations or staycations if you cannot afford to leave.

27. Nap when you can and when you need to, it's okay!

28. Eat sitting down and eat slowly and enjoy your meals.

29. Do not live in a hurry or rush around. Let your pace be relaxing.

30. Help when you can help but don’t take on the responsibility of others.

31. Forgive yourself, forgive others.

32. Be gentle with yourself. Stop being so hard on yourself. Let go of perfectionism.

33. Take a multivitamin, B-vitamin, and look into natural herbal remedies. I do not make any medical disclaimers here. Consult with a holistic doctor/nutritionist. 

 33. 📌 If you need further assistance, book your FREE initial consultation for life coaching with me, or try my e-course on Chronic Stress Recovery. 


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