November 1, 2017 is Stress Awareness Day and let me tell you, I AM AWARE THAT I AM STRESSED. But there are things everyone can do (starting this minute) to make you feel happier and healthier. Read expert tips below.
Dr. Bradley Nelson, a holistic physician and bestselling author of “The Emotion Code,” tells HollywoodLife.com readers how to de-stress today and everyday. Here are his six top tips:
“1. Plan ahead and be flexible about your expectations. Think about your plans for the upcoming holidays. Everyone else has expectations and sometimes they won’t match with yours. Plan for spontaneity. If you allow the plans that others have to be a part of what brings you joy, you’ll have more fun as everyone shares ideas and activities. Be the one who makes the holidays fun for others and it will be more joyful for you.
2. Be aware of what your body needs. This includes healthy food, plenty of water, rest and exercise. So don’t throw your routines out the window when you’re on vacation. Get plenty of exercise so you’ll feel good. Continue eating healthy. You’ll feel better about yourself if you’re really taking care of your body!
3. Decide to take care of yourself emotionally. You may need specific things such as the emotional support of a spouse, a lunch date with a friend, or even just some time alone. Decide how busy you want to be – or not be! Say “no” to trying to do too much if it interferes with your health, family time, or if it feels like it’ll cause too much stress for you.
4. Communicate with love. If you’re feeling stressed by interactions with family or others, take a breather. Go outside for a few minutes to get some fresh air. Be kind to everyone, including yourself. Give hugs. Make sure you’re not overreacting. None of us communicate perfectly. Try to see what others are really mean, not just what they say. Give them the benefit of the doubt because it’s likely that no offense was meant. Ask for clarification and react appropriately, with kindness, love and forgiveness. Some people really don’t have a handle on their behavior but it doesn’t have to affect how you feel or be your problem.
5. Choose Your Emotions: Most people have this mistaken belief that our emotions choose us; that we are at the mercy of whatever emotions we tend to start feeling. But the reality of it is, no matter what the circumstance is, we always are choosing our own emotions. It’s important to recognize that fact. You don’t always have control over what happens to you but you can choose to respond proactively.
6. Identify and release “trapped emotions,” — unresolved feelings from negative and traumatic events in your past, and emotional baggage can cause us to make wrong assumptions, react emotionally and can contribute to anxiety or depression.”
HollywoodLifers, how are you trying to de-stress this holiday season?