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Dealing with Stress

Rev. Dr. Kitty Boitnott, NBCT, RScP

Heart-Centered Career Transition & Job Search Coach | Possibility Thinker

Stress invades people's lives all the time. For some, it is a daily phenomenon. Life feels hard, and it's difficult to juggle all the things that come at us. Just because it is a fact of life, however, doesn't mean we can afford to ignore it. We need to get our stress levels under control. Levels of stress are toxic to the human body. Stress gone unmanaged can cause heart disease, high blood pressure, obesity, and diabetes. It can even trigger certain types of cancer.

It's easier than you may think to help yourself decrease your stress levels. Here are a few suggestions:

1. Avoid alcohol, caffeine, and nicotine. Caffeine and nicotine are stimulants and do not decrease your levels of stress. They increase them. Alcohol is a depressant in large amounts and a stimulant in small amounts. That makes it bad for you to take as a way of relieving stress. Instead of reaching for alcohol, caffeine, and nicotine, grab some water or herbal tea. These are hydrating and will provide you with a sense of relief from your stress.
 
2. Take part in physical activity. Stress releases the hormones adrenaline and cortisol into your bloodstream. Exercise helps to mitigate the ill effects of those hormones. Research show exercise has a positive effect on your stress level.
 
3. Get more sleep. Not getting enough sleep is a direct correlation between high stress levels. And stress prevents you from relaxing enough to fall asleep. If you are having this issue, try taking a warm bath or reading a book or magazine before bedtime. Read by a nonfluorescent light. Turn off your phone, iPad and tablet. Turn off the TV. The lights from these devices trick your brain into thinking it is still daytime. So turn them off. Put the phone in another room to charge instead of leaving it on your bedside table. Another good tip is going to bed at roughly the same time every night. This creates a routine for you to follow. It signals to your brain that it is time to sleep. This can serve to reduce your nighttime stress level.
 
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4. Try relaxation techniques. Try a different stress-reducing technique until you hit on the one or two that works for you. You can try self-hypnosis as this is very simple and easy to do anywhere. You could also attempt saying repeating a positive affirmation to yourself. Choose a statement or word that holds meaning for you. Don't worry if these relaxation tips doní't work right off the bat. Relaxation is a skill that takes time to master. 5. Talk to someone you trust and who can help. Letting someone know how you feel is a great way to reduce your stress. Many people have said that it's like a weight being lifted off their shoulders. Stress can cloud our mind and prevent you from thinking clearly. Talking through your situation with someone can help. It allows you to articulate the problem. Sometimes you figure out a solution to what you're stressing about on your own while talking it out.
 
6. Keep a stress diary. Keeping a diary and writing down your thoughts and emotions will help. The main benefit is that you become more aware of what you're feeling. Write down the date and place the stressful event occurred. Also include what you were doing and how you felt, both emotionally and physically at the time. Writing everything down will enable you to avoid another stressful situation. And you'll discover some new coping mechanisms.
 
7. Manage your time. Many people experience stress when they run out of time to do important things. With a schedule to follow you can ensure that you get all your important tasks done on time. Having all your work done on time will help to decrease some stress.
 
8. Learn to say "no." It's easy to believe that you have all the time in the world and can juggle one more thing in your life. But sometimes you need to remember that you have so many other important things that need to be juggled. There are only a certain amount of hours in a day, making it hard to get many things done. Slow down. Stop multi-tasking. And say "no" rather than being a people pleaser all the time.
 
Take care of yourself. Stress is a fact of life, but dealing with stress is manageable if you know how. Know that everything will get better. The thing that's causing you so much stress now will pass. Time is a great healer for most challenging events that occur in our lives. In the moment, however, if we don't manage the stress caused by those events, we can create more problems. Practicing self-care is one step toward making sure that doesn't happen.
 
Until next time.
 
P.S.
 
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What You’ll Find Inside This Mini-Course

  • Stress is a fact of life but it doesn't have to run your life. You get to choose how to manage (or don't manage) your work, relationships, health, finances, and even your spiritual life.
  • Yet many people feel that stress has taken over their lives. They have lost control. They start skipping exercise and become disconnected with family members and close relationships. They may start abusing alcohol or drugs. That only makes matters worse!
  • Learn how to manage your stress more proactively and effectively. You want to love your life. And you can, but you have to know how to take control of the chaos that surrounds you.

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7 videos providing instruction in bite-size chunks.

Instruction includes:

1) Mindset

2) Healthy Habits

3) Controlling Your Environment

4) Managing Your Workload

5) The 5-Second Rule (Mel Robbins)

6) Setting Better Boundaries

7) Asking for Help

Why I Created This 7-Part Course on Stress Management

This program is designed for teachers and busy professional career women who feel that they have too much to do and not enough time to do it all in.

This is the huge problem you face right now. Most working women have their job duties but they are also responsible for getting things done at home, too. Some lucky women are married to guys who will do the laundry or take over the cooking duties, but those are still the exception rather than the rule.
 
A lot of the responsibility for running your home depends upon you, and if you work full-time, it feels like you have two full-time jobs.
 
Right?
 

But that's not the end of the problem...

If you are a stressed-out, overworked teacher or busy professional career woman, chances are you already understand that stress is impacting you. You are juggling a full-time job and your family, too.
 
You are feeling the extra burden, but you think you can't make time to do anything about it. You just have to power through. What choice do you have?
 
But what if there were a solution?
 
(There is!!)
 
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· Avoid the struggle of feeling that the only way to survive is to grit your teeth
and hunker down.
· Give up feeling that you must give up on your good health habits because you are too busy.
· Sidestep gaining weight and feeling guilty it which leads to more weight gain.
· Save yourself from crashing and burning under the strain.
· Avoid feeling irritable with family and friends.
· Relax and feel centered no matter what is going on around you.
· Discover the sense of peace and poise you long for.
· Exert a peaceful presence on others around you.
· Feel stronger and healthier.
· Understand how stress impacts you and your health.
· Discover the real secret of managing your stress once and for all.      
· See how you can experience relief from stress. 
· Experience a greater sense of joy.
· Enjoy short and long-term solutions for how you can enjoy the holidays for a change.
· Relax and feel centered no matter what is going on around you.
·Quickly discover the sense of peace, joy, serenity, and poise you want.
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·Feel stronger and healthier. 
 
 
 
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Kitty Boitnott
Boitnott Coaching, LLC

Glen Allen, VA 23060
United States of America