Managing Stress the Right Way

Managing Stress the Right Way

Stress is an emotion that inevitably pops up from time to time in our modern and fast-paced world. It is something that we face regularly, and it affects us both psychologically and physically. In fact, research says that stress is the root cause of many illnesses today.

However, there are plenty of things that we can do to lessen our stress. Here are ideas for handling stress without causing more strain and struggle:

  1. Figure out where the stress is coming from. Identify what you are actually stressed about. If you can pinpoint the specific stressors in your life, you will be one step closer to getting organized and taking action.
  2. Simplify your to-do list. Sort your to-do list from the most important to the least. Try to do only one thing at a time, so you do not become overwhelmed.  It can be stressful when you have a lot of balls in the air at once.  Focus on one thing at a time, so you can complete things versus having a bunch of unfinished projects.
  3. Listen to soothing music. This has a positive effect on the brain and body, lowers blood pressure, and reduces cortisol. Cortisol is a hormone linked to stress. Classical music and nature sounds are great options.
  4. Manage your time. This is an important skill to master if you are going to be able to reduce stress. Especially in the corporate world where we come across heavy workloads and deadlines almost every day, it is necessary to apply effective time management techniques to ensure everything is done efficiently.
  5. Exercise. Cardiovascular exercise can stimulate brain chemicals that foster the growth of nerve cells. It also raised your heart rate, which causes the release of endorphins and a hormone known as ANP, which reduces pain and helps control the brain’s response to stress and anxiety.
  6. Eat right. Most of the time we forget to eat well and resort to consuming sugary and fatty snack foods. Always choose fruits, vegetables, and fish with high levels of omega-3 acids, as it has been proven that these foods help reduce the symptoms of stress.

-M. Germaine Parra
D.C. Area RealtorFeng Shui Consultant
Licensed in DC, MD and VA
Long and Foster Realtors
6862 Elm Street Office, McLean, VA  22101
Fax:   703-873-1901
Cell:  703.650.8838

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