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Recognize stress. Obviously, some stress is good for us it adds interest, excitement and motivation to life, in the right balance It is when the level of stress in your life causes you to put up with things that are harming or distressing you constantly that you risk sliding into being too stressed. You could be too stressed if:
All you do and think about is work, non-stop. It might be your own business, a career, a salaried position, a stay-at-home mom or -dad position, or anything else that is soaking up your time and life one hundred percent, and this over-concentration is leaving you passionless, disappointed, unhappy, and unfulfilled.
You experience constant body tension, including headaches, neck aches, back aches, and general soreness.
You`re often irritable, short-tempered, and perhaps unable to focus on completing tasks. Trivial things set you off easily.
You feel as if you have too much going on and that you can`t hop off the merry-go-round.
Your sleep is a battlefield and you wake up feeling less rested rather than refreshed. Insomnia has become your norm rather than an unusual event.
You`re eating too much or too little. Or, you are choosing unhealthy food options.
You can`t remember the last time you had a good laugh and your sense of humor is sadly lacking.
Make healthy dietary choices. Eating well can help your body feel balanced and healthy, making you less susceptible to spikes in blood sugar and feelings of anxiety. Try to practice moderation in these areas:
Avoid the excessive refined sugar found in granola bars, pastries or sodas. Carbohydrates, such as pasta, convert easily to sugar. These can cause severe ups and downs in your blood sugar and lead to and agitation, upsetting your body`s ability to efficiently utilize energy.
Avoid excessive caffeine. Too much caffeine can make you jumpy and irritable. Try not to drink caffeine after 1 or 2 in the afternoon, and keep your morning intake moderate and steady across every day. If you must have more coffee than you should, switch to decaf or an herbal tea with little or no caffeine.
Eat fresh fruits, vegetables and whole grains that are free of refined sugar, such as apples, grapes, carrots, broccoli, brown rice or whole grain breads.
Eat plenty of low-calorie protein, such as chicken, fish, whole grains, legumes, dark leafy vegetables or low-fat dairy. These proteins are a better source of energy.
Take a multi-vitamin. Some vitamins relieve stress. Vitamin B and Vitamin D are especially good for relaxation.
Stop feeling guilty. Guilt is a potent source of stress. Get rid of the source of guilt by behaving yourself; stop engaging in behaviors that make you feel guilty. Seek professional help, if necessary, but don`t allow destructive behavior to escalate and sabotage your life and health.
Develop an invisible shield between yourself and stressed folk. This is really a visualization technique, in which you imagine that you are cocooned against the negative vibes of overly stressed people around you. See their behavior and attitudes for what they are, recognize what their stress is doing to them but refuse to let this penetrate your shield.
Don`t carry the world`s weight on your shoulders these people are making a choice to behave in this way, and you don`t have to come along for the ride.
De-linking yourself from others stress can be hard at first, especially if you are empathic by nature, but keep practicing until not giving in to their negativity becomes second nature.
Avoid toxic personalities. Spend less time with people who try to guilt you into doing things or tell you that you`re not good enough. Yes, even if they`re family.
Steer clear of people who are constantly complaining or miserable, aka "negaholics". Stress can be contagious, so avoid transmitters. Understand that there is always a solution to a problem, even if they don`t, or won`t, see that.
Avoid people who practice the art of woundology (and avoid practicing it yourself!). Wallowing in misery is an artform for some people. You don`t need their negativity, nor their rapacious need for making the worst of every situation.