WOMEN in RECOVERY – Do Women Have Trouble Controlling Stress?


How can you manage your stress?

Let us take a look at 7 simple steps which you can easily use to manage your stress levels. Stress can cause all manner of health problems from headaches to high blood pressure so avoiding stress seems like a good idea. Here is the problem, some stress can be good for you so avoidance is not always the best solution – stress management is the key. Let me take you through seven steps to manage your stress without letting your stress manage you.


Do You Have Trouble Controlling Stress?

SEVEN STEPS TO CONTROL STRESS:

Step one is to stay healthy, this means exercising regularly and eating a well balanced diet. Eating a variety of food everyday will ensure that your body has all the nutrients it needs to fight the onslaught of stress. Magnesium and B vitamins are vital for your nervous system. The antioxidant vitamins of A,C and E are essential for keeping your immune system healthy. With a healthy immune system you are less lightly to get sick, which is a sure way to weaken your stress armor! Five serves of vegetables and two of fruit every day, plenty of water and a reduction on overly processed food will keep your body in ‘Stress Busting’ condition.

Exercising regularly is also important as it helps keep your mind and body active. Exercise also produces endorphins which give you a natural ‘high’. I have also found that exercise is a great way of redirecting any feelings of anger you may have. Unresolved anger can cause a great deal of stress.

Step two is to look after your emotional health, stress really messes with you emotionally and can make you feel exhausted and depressed. Eating healthy, as above, will ensure that you are able to physically deal with any emotional toll. Another way to deal with your emotional health is to take up meditation or yoga. I also love using Bach Flowers. Bach Flowers are a completely natural remedy that work on your emotions.

Step three is time management and the little word that some people have trouble saying – no. Managing your time effectively is the best way of controlling your stress levels, if you are running around like a headless chicken trying to do a million and one things at once then your stress levels are going to be at an all time high.

Sometimes it is important to say no to people.

Remember that there are only 24 hours in a day, 7 days in a week and you cannot always do everything that people ask.

If you have trouble saying no then the Bach Flower remedyCentaury can help.

Step four is to stop and smell the roses, I’m not talking about taking a break here, I’m talking about smelling! Aromatherapy is a fantastic tool in managing your stress levels. If you are able to use a diffuser in your workplace you will find it is incredibly useful. Lemon oil is great for keeping bugs and viruses at bay if they are going around. Rosemary is great for keeping you alert if you have a lot of things to do that requre a clear head. Oils such as Bergamot are fantastic for keeping stress levels managable.


If you find that the stress has got on top of you then use lavender or chamomile oils to relax you, a drop of lavender massaged into your temples is also fantastic for relieving a stress-induced headache.

Step five is taking a break. Sometimes you need to get away, when you are feeling a little stressed do not spend your lunch time in the break room or tied to your desk, take a walk outside and clear your head. Holiday time was given to you for a reason, people who have regular holidays find it easier to stay on top of their game. If you can’t have a holiday as often as you’d like, make the most of your weekend.

It isn’t always possible to go away on weekend breaks, but you can treat yourself at home. Turn your phone off, lock your door, even tell people that you’re going away if you like and treat yourself to some pampering – a day spa, reading a book all day or watching non-stop movies.

Step six is watch who you socialize with – avoid negative people who will suck up all of your energy and instead spend time with people you can have fun with. Great friends will always help to reduce your stress levels, but there are some people who are plain toxic. Not sure which of your friends are no good for you? Next time you see them stop and think about how you feel once they are gone – are you happy and energized or feeling down, angry or tired?

Step seven is laughter, they say laughter is the best medicine for a reason. Give yourself permission to laugh. I worked in a call center for a while which is a very stressful environment and when we had a lull one of my work colleagues would always manage to do something to make us all laugh – it was probably the happiest call centers I ever worked in.

Spend time with friends who make you laugh or get out a funny movie

– I like certain tv series like Seinfeld and Frasier,

even though I have seen them all they still make me laugh.

Following these seven steps and you will be able to manage your stress levels and stop them from taking over your life.

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