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Simple, effective care skills for stress relief

What are you tolerating that causes you stress or inconvenience?

There are a million things that can cause stress. Today I'm focusing on two that come up quite a bit in coaching sessions.

#1 Our Finances: Is this a trigger for anyone? Yup, I thought so. Our relationship with money can be quite dysfunctional. Do you work for money, or does your money work for you? Spending time with the part of you that spends - and what you spend your money on, can help move you in the direction that relieves some of that stress. It is not always about making more money, I mean sometimes it is, but not usually. Most of the time, our stress about money comes from the past, our own values and how they carry over into our lives. It also seems quite tied to our emotional bonds with others. Taking time to change our perception takes a little practice, but it's worth it (no pun intended) to take action today. One small step today can make tomorrow feel so much better.

#2 Our Health: This is a big one. I thought I was healthy, really, I did. I eat lots of vegetables, I exercise, and I work my body every day outside. Like I said, I thought I was healthy. Unfortunately, I was forgetting about two things... One, how much water I consumed in a day. And believe me, it was not nearly enough when I actually measured the amount of water I consumed. Our bodies age drastically when we do not drink enough water. Our nervous system (both the sympathetic and parasympathetic) need the body to be fully hydrated to send and receive messages. Our brain doesn't function properly when we do not have enough fluids as well. Depending on your body's unique needs, try adding one more glass per day. What if you can't do it yourself? Again, it only takes asking someone you trust that can help you with this challenge.

The second thing I struggled with was never resting. Yes, I'm calling out the people pleasers here. I know because I'm one of them. For the longest time I loved taking care of everyone else instead of taking care of myself. I had this, "I'll sleep when I'm dead" attitude and didn't think I needed to get rest. Well, I'll be the first one to tell you that is very, very bad for your health. Getting enough rest is not just about sleeping either. It's about how you work. I'm a natural work horse. I like to get things done. I finally gave myself permission to take breaks. A 15 minute mental break does wonders for your productivity. It's also a wonderful idea to purposely take three deep breaths, roll your shoulders back and release any tension that may be building up throughout the day. One small care skill adds up to the over well being of your body. Care skills don't make you selfish. Care skills mean you understand that you've got to put your own oxygen mask on first before you can save others.

Stress relief comes in many ways and yet it is also the silent killer among many. Don't become a statistic or a martyr. Living your best life is possible. And if you're not sure where to begin, call or email a life coach that you resonate with. It is our biggest pleasure in life to see others thrive, heal, and live their very best life.

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