Best way to handle Stress : Stress Management 101

Stress we all have experienced stress at one point of our lives. Stress can be a good thing if used as a sudden burst to get things done but if it gets out hand or the stress keeps building up without an outlet it would lead to health issues and anxiety. As we grow older, stress tends to build up due to work exhaustion, financial commitments, raising the kids having less time for ourselves. During our younger years stress just comes and go may it be from the upcoming exams, a pile of assignments, school projects and other social activities though they do pile up our younger self can handle stress and just shrug it off and go on living carefree. Why? Because there are less responsibilities when we are young, we are also much active and have a good balance of life to work (or school), fun social interaction and activities, we also eat and drink anything we want and have much time to do crazy stuff.

But what if we can bring that die hard, no surrender mindset to our current older selves. It’s hard to maintain a carefree lifestyle of you have kids and a family that depends on you. But it’s also harder if you’re almost on the verge of a breakdown.

You can still regain that carefree stress free lifestyle but still have to tailor fit it to your current lifestyle.

Stress Management
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Focus on yourself

Once in a while, you really have to focus on yourself, find a time when you are alone (Since I’m a late riser, I do my “me time” at night when everyone’s asleep) and just think of yourself and your life priorities aside from thinking of what to do, I plan my day, though things may not go as planned the next day and that may lead to more stress but having a multiple plans and scenarios set for the day ahead calms me, it helps me be in control (even if most of the time, I’m not).

My “me time” or my alone time helps me recharge my batteries, helps me focus more on what I want and what I need. Even if things go wrong the next day, I still have a time for myself later that day, where I can remember all the details that happened may it be good or bad and look at it a different angle. If you do it that way you can remember simple details you may have missed because of the emotion tied to it. Looking at it from a different angle reveals the funny side of something that made us angry or sad earlier.

Plan a day for yourself

Go ahead and plan the most awesome day for yourself even if it’s just for a couple of hours this can help you forget about your worries, think, why do women go on a shopping spree or go to the salon to get their nails or hair done or to the gym for a quick workout? That’s because it’s their form of stress release, feeling good about yourself helps manage the stress and anxiety. Though I definitely won’t suggest a shopping spree, it could be a simple as playing a video game or the newest gadget or upgrades to your gaming pc. I mostly game when I have free time so for me checking out gaming peripheral reviews are my stress managing weapon. I also like to DIY stuff so planning a weekend project calms me down.

Exercise is good

Breathing exercises help a lot you can also read our article on the best exercises to start your day right. Nothing can go wrong with exercising, the benefits are great plus helps your body produce that feel good hormones for countering the stress buildup. Don’t be afraid to go out breathe the fresh air, to sweat, to get tired physically. If you are tired physically it helps take your mind off the things that make you worry. Exercising helps you sleep better rather than being tired mentally while your body is still awake.

Have fun

Always remember, have fun! What is fun for me may not work for you, so plan a time where you can do all the things you love, talk to your family and friends you need their support. Having a me time as well as a family fun day. Really helps manage stress.

Exercise Benefit for Moms

I’ve been reading health fitness articles on my spare time and since I was asked If I could share my thoughts and contribute on this site. This article is mainly influenced by the post: Benefits of Exercise

Most moms are too busy taking care of their family. While other focuses on building their career. That leaves doing some physical exercise on their least priority.

This should not be the case. How can you take care of your family or to have a higher position you want at your office if you will not take good care of yourself? Make sense, right? Eating healthy meal and getting 8 hours sleep is not enough.

So, here are 6 benefits of exercise that may entice those loving mothers to put on their rubber shoes.

 

Weight Loss

This maybe the first reason to why moms will consider to do some exercise. Who wouldn’t love eating? After finishing a very stressful project that you want to indulge yourself to your favorite milk tea. Or after giving birth it’s very hard to lose those baby weight. As your food intake increases balancing it with exercise will increase the metabolic rate as well which help with weight loss. Having a firm body and muscles on the shoulder is a plus.

Helps with Skin Health

Exercising can also help the skin stay healthy and vibrant. Pores open up when you sweat it flushes out toxin. It also makes you look younger.

Energize the Day

Starting your day with any kind of exercise will give you all the energy that you need. From cleaning and moving the furniture in the house; to picking up the kids at school and running errands. You will still have the energy to cook meal at night feeling less tired.

Helps with Sleep

After finishing a lot of chores during the day and still can’t get the good night sleep that you want. Doing aerobics helps you get a deeper and longer sleep.

Improves Brain and Mental Health

As you exercise, the heart rate increases which helps the flow of blood and oxygen to the brain. This means regular exercise prevent you from chronic disease such as diabetes and heart attack. In addition to this, exercise is a powerful depression fighter; a natural and effective anti-anxiety treatment and relax you muscle when under stress.

Helps with Menstrual Cramps

It is common for women to have menstrual cramp as part of their Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS). It has been studied that doing stretching and moderate-intensive exercise may reduce the pain from having menstrual cramps.

Helps Improve Sexual Health

After a long day work. All you want to do is to get home and throw yourself on bed. But once, you start doing physical activities you’ll get excited to go home early and have romantic time with your husband. Exercise can improve sexual performance and sexual pleasure. Not to mention, you’re getting back the curve that was lost for years.

You may want to try different physical activities at first until you’ll find the right one for you. Here are some activities you may consider: running/brisk walking, Zumba, trampoline, weight lifting and boxing.

Enjoy these activities with your friends, your kids or even your husband.

There you go! So, skip your fave TV program and getting to your feet to do some crunches. You only need an hour and I guarantee you’ll love exercising.

Remember, taking care of yourself is also part of taking care of your family.

Living healthy means living happily.