Thank YOU & Stress Less Tips!

First of all, thank you SOOOOOOO much for the many notes of congrats and support on the exciting newsI shared last week. If you missed it, read about it here! It warms my heart to know that you are reading this and that you are in my corner. Also, thank you for welcoming me back after the brief hiatus. As you can see, I love it when you hit reply and engage with me. I want to know what’s exciting in your world too!

And now onto the real topic…STRESS. Totally zen or hair-falling-out-I-can’t-sleep-at-night, or maybe somewhere in between…where do you fall on the stress meter? Work, kids, family, finances, obligations galore…it all adds up, and depending upon how you manage the responsibilities, trials and tribulations of adulting, it may add up to one big mountain of stress. Am I right?

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Stress affects all areas of your life — body, mind and soul, and if left untreated stress can kill you. Not to be dramatic, but seriously, stress kills. It can show up as anxiety, depression, acne, back/neck pain, heart disease, obesity, high blood pressure, and a multitude of other health issues. You may not realize how stress is taking its toll on you until your health begins to fail.

As April is national stress awareness month, it only seems fitting to talk about how you can stress less. Why did I wait until the end of April to even bring up the topic? Well, I want to continue the conversation past the month of April, and bring into your awareness how managing your stress is a daily practice, not simply for only 30 days out of the month (although it’s a great start!).

Here are 10 ways to manage/decrease stress (in no particular order):

1. Exercise
2. Meditate
3. Laugh
4. Live in the now
5. Gratitude practice/journal
6. Connect with friends
7. Help someone else
8. Breathe
9. Prioritize/manage your time
10. Have fun

Instead of reaching for food, alcohol, or isolating yourself, take a deep breath, call a friend, go for a hike, focus on the now, and give thanks for the good in your life. How you cope with stress impacts your health and wellbeing, so it is important to find ways to manage and/or alleviate your stress in ways that make you feel better overall.

“What are the top causes of stress that you see women dealing with these days?”
For my answer to this question, along with more in-depth and practical tips on dealing with stress, check out my feature on Traveler and Tourist.

Can’t seem to get stress under control? Schedule a complimentary discovery call where we can chat about ways to stress less!

Sending all the zen vibes your way.

be well. love mel.

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