- Mental Health
How to Fill Your Life With Positive Energy and Reduce Stress
We all go through difficult periods of time in our lives. Our jobs may be beating us up, or we can’t seem to maintain a healthy relationship. Sometimes, the situation can get desperate enough to prompt us to be very self destructive.
Before you get to the breaking point, there are some techniques anyone can use to reduce stress levels and draw positivity into your life.
The Importance of Sleep
Stay As Healthy As Possible
One of the first things to go when stress gets too bad is your physical health. At the very least, you might constantly fighting colds off, but it can eventually grow into problems like high blood pressure. When you start getting sick on top of everything else you need to deal with, stress levels only get higher.
Build a little time into your routine to eat well, get as much rest as possible and exercise. These are the basics of good health, but they can lessen stress on several levels. Exercise releases endorphins and can actually increase brain function. Of course, this works hand in hand with proper nutrition, since your body needs the right balance of nutrients to build muscle while providing energy.
Rest gives you time to recharge and allow time to get a slightly different outlook on goings on. There have been studies showing that dreaming actually has a powerful link with how we cope with every day problems.
Three Nutrients Which Help With Stress
Where It Comes From
What It Does
Omega3 Fatty Acids
Fish, flax seed
Strengthens nerve cell membranes
Enriched milk, sunshine
Enhances calcium, immunity
Milk, yogurt cheese
Needed for cell genesis and brain function
A big part of the reason why stress has the effect it does is due to poor management strategies. Experiment with different techniques and use what works for you.
Affirmations work wonderfully for some people, while meditation works for others. If you need extra help, there’s no shame in finding a good psychologist who specializes in coping. Other options include reflexology, Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) and deep breathing.
Once you can handle what’s going on more efficiently, you’ll be able to concentrate on bringing more positivity into your life through your own actions and thoughts.
Tell Someone You Love Them Every Day
This might seem a little strange, but expressing love for another can help ease the pressure on you because it’s such a positive action. It doesn’t need to be a human, either. It can be your cat, dog or any other pet you keep. Not only will you make someone else feel better, you’ll feel a little better, too.
Don’t forget to tell yourself that, either. Loving yourself leads to positive changes because you automatically want to care for yourself.
Reflect on Personal Successes
Not only will looking at past victories give you a much needed ego boost, it can make moving forward more easy. Those successes remind you of your strength and can be used to seek your current goals, even if they’re only “I will get through the day without breaking something”.
Take It One Day at a Time
Through organizing your days and focusing on individual steps or tasks, you’re less likely to become overwhelmed. Living in the present will not only allow you to do a better job, it will actually get the job done more quickly than if you spent time fretting about what else you need to do.
You’re human, and you have many great qualities, but you can only do one thing at a time. Accept it and let yourself focus on what’s right in front of you for a while.
Be Grateful For the Good Things
Even at the darkest of times, there is still some positivity in our lives. Even during a storm, rain can feel refreshing against our skin and roiling clouds have their own dramatic beauty. At the very least, you can look forward to the fresh scent of a clean world once the darkness passes.
Be thankful for all of the little things. The fact you can even read this is something to be grateful for. The soothing darkness when you close your eyes is another.
Be thankful for the big things. Friends, family and the ability to continue living are all precious.
Through finding positivity already in our lives, we will feel just a little better. When we do that, more positivity comes rolling right on in. That’s called the Law of Attraction, and it happens every day.
When you need to, take five minutes to walk away for a little while.
There’s a reason why companies are federally mandated to give their employees 15 minute breaks when they work over 5 hours a day. They prevent burnout, and they can actually help avoid physical problems, including circulatory disorders and repetitive motion injuries. So remember to pause, stretch, take a moment to live in the now and find one good thing about your situation.
Regardless of how difficult things get, keeping an eye on the lighter side of life will allow you to get through the rough times and further appreciate the good. You’ll find more and more positive energy in your life, and stress will be easier to handle.