7 Steps to Reducing Stress

Want to lower your stress, but feel like you don’t have time to meditate? Try these steps to reduce your stress today and in the future.

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Know that stress is normal and stop beating yourself up

The first thing to know here is that there is good stress and bad stress. Good stress comes from excitement. Good stress might be a first date, knowing you got someone the perfect Christmas gift, or getting engaged. Good stress is typically short-term, feels good, and we don’t even think of it as stress.

Determine where the pressure comes from

Stress is the result of pressure. Pressure to do things, fix things, get things, listen to things, etc. But where does that pressure come from?

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Acknowledge what you can and can’t control

We can control what we do and how we behave. We can’t control what others do or how they behave. You can’t control what will happen in a week or a month, but you can control what you do right now in this moment.

Eliminate what you can

Once you’ve figured out where your stress is coming from and what you can control, it’s time to start eliminating some things. Stress often results from taking on more than we can handle — or more than we think we can handle, at least.

Lower expectations on what’s left

After you’ve eliminated what you can, it’s time to lower your expectations on what’s left. This isn’t permission to just let go and hope for the best. But it is permission to stop seeking perfection.

Take care of yourself physically

Eating healthy foods, getting consistent exercise, and ensuring you get a good night’s sleep each night all seem like such trite advice when it comes to reducing stress but they are the foundation of easing stress.

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Take time to focus on deep breathing

When we’re stressed, we resort to shallow breathing without even realizing it. And this shallow breathing keeps that stressed out feeling thriving. Shallow breathing indicates to the body that it’s still in danger, still under stress, still needing to be prepared for any threat coming from any direction.

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