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STRESS - What can we do about it?

Are you feeling stressed or anxious? According to the University of Wisconsin – Madison’s Institute on Aging, “Stress overload may lead to chronic disease: long-term pressures at home and work, plus stress from traumatic events almost doubles the risk of health issues.” Are you asking yourself how can you keep your levels of stress in check? If not, you should be. Your health depends on it.

First and foremost, make a list of everything that you are grateful for in your life. Review this list often so you start to take control of your focus. It is especially important to review your gratitude list first thing in the morning. When you first wake up in the morning, tell yourself it is going to be a great day and spend some time focusing on what you are grateful for in your life. This will set the tone for your day. In contrast, focusing on what causes you stress when you first wake up will have a negative impact on the rest of your day. There’s nothing less productive than stressing over something that hasn’t actually happened yet.


Secondly, have you ever considered meditation? Meditation is a great stress reliever. It can be challenging at first. I remember when I first started meditating. It seemed as though my mind was racing 90 miles an hour and fidgeting was the norm. Thoughts of “When will this be over?” and “It’s only been a few minutes!” were pretty common in my head. There’s good news, it gets a lot easier with practice. Personally, I enjoy an active mediation through yoga. It helps me slow down my thoughts and get rid of the need to fidget. It has also makes it a lot easier for me to meditate while sitting in the same position. Just starting with 5 minutes of mediation each day can have a significant impact on your life. If you are looking for some amazing techniques and a deeper dive into the benefits of meditation, I strongly recommend that you read Emily Flecher’s book Stress Less, Accomplish More. It has been a game changer for me and several of my coaching clients.


There are several other techniques to reduce your stress and anxiety that I will be sharing with you throughout the year. This week I am simply challenging you to consider practicing gratitude with a purpose and meditating on a consistent basis. These are two highly effective habits that will impact your life in an amazing way. Cannot wait to hear how it is impacting you! www.pennvieau.com

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