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4 Tips to Calm Your Body, Mind and Emotions

We all feel it, and it seems there is more than enough stress to go around especially now that the holiday season is upon us. There are ways to calm your body, mind & emotions to stress less.

Stress

Stress is a physical, emotional, or mental strain caused by a good or bad internal or external condition.  When we think of stress, the word usually conjures up the thought of dis-stress or a bad kind of pressure on our body, our emotions, or our mental capacity.  But stress of the good kind, or eustress, also can cause a pressure on our body, our emotions, and our mental capacity. Both types of stress over a long period of time can cause our bodies to struggle to balance and function at its optimal level.

Stress causes a reaction, good or bad, in our bodies and forces our systems to alter “normal” functioning, or what should be normal functioning. A key point to remember is that although the symptoms we may be experiencing may be common, they are not normal.

Stress correlates with what we think of the good or bad pressure.  How you perceive stress also determines how it affects your body, your emotions, and your mental capacity.   Whether it is a good or bad stress, if you are “stressed out” because of that pressure, your body will go into alert mode, it can be harmful to your body over time.

Let’s look at hosting a gathering at your house. You have a lot to do to host.  If this is something you thrive on and love doing, it’s your thing, then your body will handle the pressures well.  If you dread hosting but feel obligated, you will feel the pressure in all aspects of your body, mind, and emotions. How you perceive it can make a big difference on how it affects you.

Your adrenal glands on your kidneys have the main job of handling stress.  Along with the hypothalamus and pituitary gland, they trigger the production of hormones such as cortisol, and adrenaline (norepinephrine and epinephrine), and others. When the normally functioning is out of whack your body tries to compensate for it until it can’t and chronic stress-related symptoms occur.

So what are you to do?

First, you eliminate large, unnecessary, negative stressors when possible.

You should re-frame how you view most daily stressors in your life.  If you can see the positive, be optimistic, and look at events with anticipation instead of dread, your body has a better chance of handling it well and continue to function properly.

Finally, you should manage your stress when you can with the tips below.
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4 Tips When You Can’t Eliminate or Re-frame Stressors in Your Life

  1. Laugh
    Find ways to laugh. Science is showing that laughter has many benefits.  One of which is it can“stimulate circulation and aid muscle relaxation, both of which help reduce some of the physical symptoms of stress.”
  2. Breathe
    Deep breathing activates your body to function properly and in a state of calm.  Just look at this quote from Forbes Magazine’s author, David DeSalvo “Controlled breathing may be the most potent tool we have to prevent our brains from keeping us in a state of stress and preventing subsequent damage caused by high-stress levels.  The relaxation response is a built-in way to keep stress in check.”
  3. Calm Your Mind
    Prayer and meditation are as old as old civilizations past. Meditation does not have to be a state of clearing your mind, but learning to slow your monkey brain by just 1% can have an effect on your stress levels.  Take time to focus, meditate or pray every day.  This practice, in particular, shows its benefits after a period of time.  Don’t expect miracles after trying prayer or meditation one time.  Develop a practice and allow your body to slow and balance on its own.
  4. Practice Gratitude
    The brain is a muscle and therefore, you can train your brain to look at life through a positive lens.  As I wrote in Practicing Gratitude, practicing gratitude helps to improve your health by helping you view stress in a more positive manner.  The Savvy Gratitude Challenge is a 15 Day Email Challenge to help you develop your gratitude for all in your life. You can purchase it any time of the year.

Stress-related, chronic illness continues to rise in the USA and the world.  Do what you can to help your body function properly and not get out whack.  Calming your mind and body can go a long way to help.

Comment below with how you de-stress.

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39 comments

  1. Petra says:

    I love this. As someone who works with mindset strategies and how to transform you life, this is so key. There are so many things we can do to remove stress but I love the ones you pointed out because those are things I incorporate in my life too.

    • Karen G says:

      You can do it. Start small…just 5 minutes of meditation and 1 thing to be grateful for that day. Work up to more time and a few more items. The key is to develop the ritual. Thanks for stopping by.

    • Karen G says:

      I am sorry to hear you struggle with stress. Stress is the major cause of chronic illness. Too much stress on a prolonged basis throws our Hypothalamus, pituitary gland, adrenal gland axises out of whack which can lead to a lot of chaos in the body. I invite you to join my facebook group. Savvy Circle https://www.facebook.com/groups/SavvyCircle We are just finishing a Gratitude Challenge and then we will go back to discussing daily topics. I am sure you would be a valuable asset to the rest of the members. Hope to see you there.

    • Karen G says:

      We need to join together to support and encourage each other instead of judging and criticizing. We all have our own journeys to travel, but if we can share, it is so much better. Thanks for stopping by and join Savvy Circle if you are interested.

    • Karen G says:

      I am so glad to hear that you are practicing the present moment with your mind and body. Keep at it, it makes a difference in all you do. Thanks for stopping by.

    • Karen G says:

      I am so sorry to hear you are all out of sorts with your adrenals. Please find ways to de-stress. Stress causes your cortisol levels to rise until your body can’t handle it over the long term and then your adrenals, hypothalamus or pituitary glands get out of whack. You can take control of your health and make a difference in how your body heals. I hope you are able to find support you need.

  2. Morgan Prince says:

    Great tips, I like the one about breathing. I have to admit that when I’m stressed I tend to hold my breath and grit my teeth, obviously not good things. I think I’m going to start practicing my breathing! 😉 thanks for sharing. x
    #BloggingtoJogging

    • Karen G says:

      Thanks for stopping by from #BloggingtoJogging. I love that you will work on your breathing. Deeper breaths can help so many of our physical symptoms, so I hope you are able to find ways to remind yourself to deep breathe.

  3. victoriadeardorff says:

    Thanks for this! I really needed it today. I’m hosting Thanksgiving dinner, plus two more events that weekend, and I’m about to lose it! I like you point of changing my mindset from dread to anticipation though! Thanks for the great post!

    • Karen G says:

      And remember to ask for help. You don’t have to do it all. That might help a little. Whether they bring a dish or help with clean up. Be calm. Happy Thanksgiving.

  4. Celine says:

    Great tips! Dealing with a toddler and a baby at home can get me worked up (especially when the crazies hit in the evening), but I find the more I take time to laugh with her the better our day is. Taking time for gratitude and breathing in the morning before our day starts also makes a huge difference. Thank you for the reminders!

  5. Thanks for sharing Karen. When you take a deeper look at the stress of physiology and at the fact most of us are in some stage of flight or fight al the time it is a miracle that we aren’t even MORE of a mess. There is a great book called MARGIN, that spells out the impact of stress in a beautiful way. Happy Thanksgiving.

  6. Hi Karen, this is a great post, and so timely too for the time of year. This massively correlates to a course I attended this week which talked about managing stress in a work context. These are great tips and I am definitely trying to be more mindful of what I can do to think differently about stress and manage it in my life. Thanks for linking up to #MarvMondays. Emily

    • Karen G says:

      Thank you for stopping by and your kind words. Sounds like a fantastic course you attended. Hope you are able to be more mindful. It is the practicing of it that is so beneficial.

  7. Because... I'm cheap says:

    Thank you for sharing this with us on the Sunday Blog Hop. It’s so easy to get stressed out this time of the year. I’m blessed in that in our home, we laugh a lot. It has definitely been a great tool to help us heal when we need to. These other tips are important and helpful as well. When my husband isn’t nearby to be the class clown, I use breathing to keep my focus.

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