We live a life that is so fast and furious. The pace often feels like we are in a race to keep up with all the demands of work, family and personal care. We never see the finish line because our daily routine is repeated over and over again. We are pulled in so many different directions, that at times it feels like a constant tug of war. Consequently, we end up feeling out of balance as we begin to experience stress. Stress leads us to worry, eat more, lose sleep, feel depressed and/or anxious. And then, the unfortunate happens-our health is compromised and diagnoses such as Diabetes, Hypertension, Obesity or Stroke plague us.
So we are told to minimize stress. But that of course is easier said than done, right? Certain stressors do not have immediate solutions or resolutions. So what are we to do? Here are a few suggestions that we can use to cope with stress:
- Count your blessings. Be grateful for the things that are going well in your life.
- Prioritize and Organize. Address those things that require immediate attention. Make a list and go down the line, one step at a time.
- Let go. Don’t sweat the small stuff. There are bigger things that need your attention.
- Reach out for help. We all go through tough times, so let go of your ego and ask for help.
- Rest: As crazy as life can get, you need to rest your body and mind. Sleep 7 to 8 hours every night.
- Eat right. Eat three balanced meals or eat five small meals throughout the day. Pre-plan your meals ahead of time. Limit fried, processed and salty foods. Opt for fresh whole foods such as fruits, vegetables, nuts, grains and lean protein.
- Exercise. Despite all the demands, take and make the time to exercise. Schedule your workouts.
- Breathe. We are human beings, not robots. Cut yourself some slack and don’t beat yourself up for not getting it all done.
- Enjoy nature. Get some fresh air and appreciate the beauty around you. I personally love seeing the sunset.
- Have faith. God’s grace will get you through it.