We all know that psychological stress can causestress physiological issues…(don’t forget…physiological stress can cause issues as well….).  Whether physiological or psychological stress impacts on your adrenals and your entire system in a wide variety of ways:  from fatique to depression to allergies to diabetes to hypertension to arthritis to cancer and much more.

When stressed by workload, deadlines or changes, here are a few tips to help:

Remember the definition of health:  “Health is a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.”

Laugh:  Laughter truly is a great medicine.  It effects everything from your pH levels to your adrenals to your endorphins to the circulatory and the immune system.

Acknowledge what is causing you stress.  This may seem obvious but acknowledging your situation helps you regroup your thoughts and reduce stress.

Take a break:  Take a 5 minute walk outside, get up from your desk and make a cup of tea or do some stretching exercises to reduce tension and allow you to refocus.  Take time to breath, to exercise, to stretch your muscles, clear your lungs and give your head a break.  Many are good at telling others to do this but forget to take their own medicine.

Listen to an upbeat song or motivational pod cast.  Just one song or a 3 minute motivational talk provides a quick escape and can rejuvenate you.  Combine your listening pleasure with your break for double the benefit.

Don’t sweat the small stuff.  This may be easier said that done but its worth the effort.  Write down the small stuff (frustrations, distractions, stressors) in your Business Journal and write out your options or solutions.  Another option is to write these “small” issues on a piece of paper and then discard the note.  Once it has been tossed away, consider it gone and move forward.  Often the small stuff looks really small when we write it down.

Make sure you create a healthy environment around you.  We all know what it is like to work in a toxic environment, whether in the home, the work environment, a school environment, etc.  Make sure you create an environment around you that allows you to thrive.

Make sure you honor and respect yourself.  We often make appoint of validating others but forget to recognize the self – what do you do to honor, validate and respect who are AND what you have accomplished.

Make sure you take time to just sit back and smile and appreciate all that you have.  Often as sole entrepreneurs we forget to do this.  We get so overwhelmed by all the tasks that we simply don’t take the time – make sure you do it differently.

Be responsible, do your research, find a good health practitioner.

Here’s to your health!

For more information, contact: Dr Holly at holly@choicesunlimited.ca

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