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Creating a strong foundation to resist stress will put you in a better position to have a great relationship with yourself and others, to be a better parent and to be calmer and more relaxed and increase your ability to deal with the any experience life throws at you.

Good habits for eating, exercising and keeping a comfortable and clutter free environment (home/office) are crucial in supporting and sustaining great results. I research a lot in this area and talk to many people to get their views. I have learned it is never a one size fits all approach. I encourage you to do your own research to create a plan that works best for you and your family.

My top tips are:

Engage in physical exercise daily

As you work up a sweat, endorphins are released, which create feelings of happiness. Working out can help manage physical and mental stress, increasing concentrations of chemicals (hormones and neurotransmitters) that can moderate the brain’s response to stress. Studies have shown that exercise can even alleviate symptoms among the clinically depressed.

Maintain a healthy diet

You will have fewer mental and physical health-related problems and more energy if you eat well. Lacking proper nutrition can put strain on the body, which becomes mental stress and can contribute to illness.

Two things you can do now to encourage excellent results are:

  • Get off junk food — it has no nutritional value. It may satisfy an energy slump, but it also decays teeth and declines heart health. The sugar in junk food is doing a heap of bad things to the brain — impairing memory and learning skills, and contributing to anxiety and depression. Moderation is key.
  • Drink more water – This is the most effective habit anyone can choose to improve his or her inner health, energy, life balance, and skin health.

A nutritionist once explained it like this — “When dehydrated, your cells become more like sultanas than plump healthy grapes and consequently that’s how you think and feel. Blood flow to your brain is reduced, which limits the amount of oxygen reaching your brain cells and slows it down. Therefore, you feel tired and lack energy. When our cells are like shrivelled-up sultanas, the process of nutrients flowing in and out of the cells is hugely decreased and this has ramifications throughout our entire body—our health, our moods, our thoughts, our appearance, our vitality are all below par.”

The vision of the shrivelled sultana was a definite motivator for me. A must-have is a refillable environmentally friendly water bottle. Drinking enough water each day is easier when it’s readily on hand.

De-clutter to minimise overwhelming feelings

Studies into this topic report that clutter increases cortisol (stress hormone) levels. Disorganised people with cluttered lives often feel frustrated, anxious and out of control. They find it difficult to unwind and relax. In my experience, de-cluttering has the ability to create energy, mental and physical space, and release negative emotions.

To begin to de-clutter and make life easier for you, consider that clutter can fall into two categories –

  1. Anything that you do not love, need or use.
  2. A disorganisation of things that you love, need, and use.

Pause for a moment to gaze around the area you’re sitting in. Note things that catch your eye that may bring to mind phrases like—

  • I need to pick that up and go through that pile.
  • I’ve never liked that ……
  • X could use that item; it is just taking up space for me.
  • That reminds me of x (person or situation), and
  • That’s a mess!

Statements like these alert you to clutter-spots.

Ask yourself three questions to keep you focused and making good decisions as you de-clutter -

  1. Do I love it?
  2. Is it useful?
  3. Is it in full working order?

If the answer is no to any of the above questions, consider getting rid of the object, either by giving it away or throwing it away. If you cannot bring yourself to do this, then pack it away neatly in the back of a cupboard. If you do not give it a second thought for six months then it is time for it to go.

And finally,

Get enough restorative sleep to enhance performance, as poor sleep patterns and stress go hand-in-hand.

Without taking time out to rest, recover and have adequate sleep judgment, mood, and the ability to learn and retain information are weakened. Your health, mentally and physically is impacted. People who have poor sleeping habits are less productive, anxious, less safe when driving and suffer more mood swings – compared to those that have good sleeping habits live longer and have stronger immune systems; and possibly those that live with them live longer and are less stressed too!

What can you change to create a strong foundation to resist stress, feel better, have more energy and enjoy a good nights sleep? Share with us below!

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  • Very helpful tips, thanks for that.

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  • These are great tips that I will have to try to follow.

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  • The decluttering tip is new to me but I think it would contribute to stress in my life – thanks for sharing!

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  • Great tips !

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  • I really need to get better at this. A few bad habits have crept back in. I need to start going to bed earlier of a week night, start up my morning walking again (now I hope the Magpies have gone) now the rain is starting to clear, and tidy/clean/declutter those things I’ve had on my list for months.

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  • Great tips and I fully endorse all of them.

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  • I agree with all the items listed to reduce stress!

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  • By having a “to do” list and tackling one job at a time I find that it stops me from feeling overwhelmed and keeps me calm.

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  • Something I would add, is always trying to find some time just for yourself. Half an hour is enough. By waking up earlier in the morning, or during the day. Just take time for yourself, to read, dream, write or whatever relaxes you.

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  • Really great tips

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