Five Methods to Reduce Your Stress Levels
As one of the lucky people of the world, I get to hang out with a number of high performers in all the functional areas of business and life. One of the interesting things I have learned is how well the real high performers in life gain control of their emotional world – thus reducing their stress levels.
As an observer and practitioner of some of these habits – yes they are habits, actually success habits used by the high performers – I have seen the different methods they use.
So here are five methods you can use to reduce the stress level in your live – what is really cool is they are simple to implement. Here are the five methods…
Five Methods for Reducing Your Stress Levels
Sleep & Rest
Now, let’s look in depth into each of these methods or habits used by the high performers in life.
First, exercise is one of the greatest stress relievers we can use. In fact, several of the behavioral style possessed by people require exercise as THE method of releasing stress. And, I’m one of those folks. If I cannot find the time to exercise continuously, the results are a shorter trigger for anger and less emotional control when dealing with problems, issues and challenges. Exercise allows us to relax and sleep at deeper levels too. For more patience and longer attention spans, exercise is a must.
Second, Nutrition is all about what we eat. The key is to limit the three white poisons in our diet. These are sugar, white flour and salt. I recently wrote a complete article on the three white poisons and you can find it by clicking here- the Three White Poisons. One of the things parents do still amazes me to this day. They feed their kids with Sugar (sodas, candy, etc.) and then get angry when these same kids go hyper – talking loud, running around, unable to be still – when it was the parent’s actions creating the kids behavior. DUH! Think of the old saying…
You Are What You Eat. If you eat healthy foods – you will have a healthy body. If you eat unhealthy – you will have an unhealthy body.
Third, Sleep and Rest are combined and used by the high performers. Sleep is definitely needed by everyone as it is the time the body takes to regenerate and repair. And, the mind uses sleep to file all our memories of the day – much like a computer moves data from the ram chips to the hard drive for long term storage. The desired amounts of sleep are 7 to 8 hours per night. Now, did you notice I also used Rest? Rest is an often overlooked trait by most people. The reality is periodic rest contributes to our ability to generate higher levels of energy and thought. You have probably heard you should take a break every 90 minutes and change your space, walk around or get some water. This break in activity actually helps your concentration levels and takes away some of the built up stress of sitting for long periods of time. While most of you will not be able to actually take a Nap during the work day – I know of many high level business people and business owners who take a short nap in the middle of the afternoon. The reason I was told by them, it gave them a blast of new energy to make it through the rest of the day. Thinking and working at higher levels.
Fourth, meditation is one of the must misunderstood and under used method of stress reduction available to you. And, it costs you nothing to do. No memberships or travel required. Just a quiet place to sit and reflect upon your thoughts. This focused reflection time allows you to gain more clarity and focus on everything you do. More importantly, you gain a feeling of calmness or relaxation which immediately lowers your stress levels. Meditation is simple to use and works extremely well for you. Try it, you will like it.
Fifth, optimism is a trait used by the high performers on a regular basis. In fact, the research and studies on what makes high performers – optimism or being optimistic is identified as a major component for high performers. The reason it works is an optimist is not worrying about meaningless things. Therefore, the optimist stays focused upon the solution rather than the problem. Folks who are overly occupied by their problems become more stressed over time. So your goal is to release the stress by thinking in positive mentality. Positive people the research shows, achieve more in life than the negative.
There you have the five methods to reduce your stress levels. Do a quick review of how you rate on each of the five. Give yourself a score between 1 and 5, 1 being “I really need to work on this.” to 5 being “I use this method everyday and have little stress in my life.” Add up your scores and see how you rank. Your goals is 25 points – anything less shows you have some work to do.
Pick the areas you need the most improvement (anything with a 1 attached to it) and create your own personal development program. Take control of your life and your results by reducing your stress and improving your health.
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