Stress Manager Series: Things You Can Do to Combat Stress

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Over the next few blog posts, I will be sharing my Top 5 Stress-busting behaviors that you can implement throughout your day to produce enough calm and stability to return to baseline.

Day-to-Day Living

Your body can actually recover from stressful events from day-to-day living. Most of us can’t rewrite our whole day. We can’t dictate what the weather is going to do or when we are going to receive a phone call. Or if the kids are going to miss the bus, heavy traffic or if your boss, husband or coworker is going to have a bad day.

All these events are happening that we have to deal with throughout our life.

There are positive practices that we can implement to help reduce the effects of stress on our bodies. It’s important that we do these and do them consistently. Develop these little habits of healthfulness to encourage your body to return to that calm centered state that it’s so wanting to get to throughout the day.

I’m not immune to stress. I don’t have a stress-free life.

What I do have are tools and techniques that allow my body to return to that calm state.

It is no fun to go through life not feeling good. We’re meant to have fun and to enjoy our lives and for life to be satisfying.

Life is not supposed to be a grind, draining your energy and leaving you trying to just get through the day to the next. It’s supposed to feel good! Yes, we’re going to have moments that feel sad or uneasy. But for the majority of our day for your life, it should be fun!

You should be feeling good you should have a decent level of happiness with your day-to-day living. That’s why I’m so passionate about implementing positive practices throughout your day. To ensure that your day is full of happiness, fun, satisfaction and all of the wonderful things that life has for us.

Tip #1: Ask 3 Questions

One of the first things I want to share with you is to start implementing Ask 3 Questions. I ask these questions of myself, my family and whoever happens to be visiting for dinner. I ask these three questions because it helps us to focus on the good things that are going right in our life.

Often stress is related to all the things we are thinking about that aren’t going right, the demands that we have in our lives and the lack of resources to meet those demands.

I would like for you to actually ask these questions of your family as well and then share their responses on my Facebook page with your answers.

The first question is:

What’s the nicest thing that you did for somebody today or this week?

The answer can be simple. It doesn’t mean that a person had to build a house for their neighbor or donate a million dollars to a cause.

It can be simple as opening the door for strangers or picking up a pencil for somebody at work.

The second question is:

What’s the nicest thing that somebody did for you?

Maybe somebody held the door open for you, a co-worker fixed you a cup of coffee, or your boss told you what a great job you did on a project.

The third and final question is:

What’s the nicest thing that you did for yourself?

Often we are so busy, particularly mothers, doing things for other people which is not necessarily a bad thing. That’s my role, that’s what I do. My whole day is about giving to other people.

We need to stop every single day and take a moment and do something nice just for ourselves. Something small that you enjoy. The nice thing I usually do for myself is to take a bath. A bath is very relaxing for me, it’s very nice cooling off period for me. It’s one of the few times in my day that I am completely alone and really take a few moments and just fully relax.

Again, those questions are:

  • What is the nicest thing you did for somebody?
  • What is the nicest thing that somebody did for you?
  • What is the nicest thing you did for yourself?

You are doing something wonderful for yourself trying to figure out ways to implement and produce more calm in your life.

Here’s to a calm today and calm tomorrow.

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