Stress Reduction Tips to Help You Stay Happy & Healthy

Stress Reduction Tips

One key element of the ‘PregActive Healthy Living Plan’ for new mamas is learning how to reduce and manage stress. So, here are some stress reduction tips to help you get back on track.

Stress is a ‘major ager’ and can cause some serious health issues. So it is important to implement some key stress reduction tips and strategies so that you can reduce the incidence of stress-related diseases and live a longer and healthier life.

Reducing your stress and becoming a ‘healthier you’ will also have a positive impact on the health of your baby.

Response to stress is also individualized. That is the way one person handles a stressful event may be different to how someone else deals with it.

Therefore, you can learn from others but you also need to know that their way of dealing with it may not work for you. What may be stressful for one person may have virtually no adverse effects on someone else.

As a result there are a number of stress reduction tips listed so that you can identify with those that most relate to you.

Stress Reduction Tips

Common Symptoms of Stress

1. Rapid weight loss / gain (obviously pregnancy weight gain is excluded here)

2. Feeling overwhelmed

3. Depression, frequent or wild mood swings

4. Constant fatigue

5. Frequent headaches

6. Increased anger

7. Increased frustration

8. Neck ache or back pain

9. Increased hostility

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Stress Reduction Tips

1. Maintain a Healthy Lifestyle

This involves exercising, eating well, reducing stress, sleeping well, having a great social life, avoiding unhealthy habits and finding what brings you happiness in life.

2. Turn off or Unplug Your Mobile Phone, Tablet or Computer.

If you feel that you cannot escape from work or you feel that you are ‘on call’ all the time then you will never be able to completely relax.

You need to find some quite time for yourself without worrying about when the next important email or phone call comes in.

3. Meditate or do Yoga

Meditation is growing in popularity due to many research studies that have been conducted showing how daily meditation can help reduce stress and have a positive effect on your health.

4. Don’t Stress Over the Little Things

You have to learn to take criticism and accept that it is sometimes better to avoid confrontation by keeping your thoughts to yourself.

You should never forgo your beliefs or morals, it just means that to avoid a bigger issue you need to be a bigger person.

For example; the next time you feel road rage coming on just take a deep breath and avoid a confrontation that could result in damage to you or your vehicle.

5. Think Positively!

You have two choices when it comes to a stressful situation; you can either take the positive outlook or the negative outlook and then your thoughts and actions will follow that initial reaction. Stress and anxiety is tiring so don’t let it drag on.

By being positive your thinking will allow you to overcome your anxiety and find happiness and serenity more quickly than if you continue to allow negative thoughts to control you.

6. Reduce Responsibilities

If you find that you are overwhelmed with responsibilities you have taken on then you need to learn to say no.

If you are working a full-time job, coaching your child’s sports team, volunteering, assisting with the school’s fund raising campaign, driving your kids around to every activity after school then you need to reduce some of your responsibilities and give yourself some time to relax.

7. Reduce Expectations

Are you trying to impress others or just setting the standards too high for yourself. It is alright not to excel at every task or expect yourself to be the super parent, super athlete or best employee. Find the balance!

8. Take One Thing at a Time

This comes down to time management and prioritising. It also comes down to having a schedule, knowing that you can’t take on any more responsibilities and realising that you should try to be great at a few things rather than good at everything.

9. Participate in Regular Exercise

Exercise is a great way to rest and relax mentally. While it may be physically demanding it allows for you to have some time for yourself.

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10. Have a Hobby

You need to have some hobby that you look forward to doing. It could be collecting, scrap booking, writing, singing, dancing, playing a sport, being a member of a club or just gardening. Whatever it is it needs to be enjoyable and relaxing to you.

11. Share Your Feelings

Holding your feelings in can only emphasise the issue causing you stress. Women are better at talking to each other about their feelings where as men tend to keep it all to themselves.

12. Avoid Unnecessary Arguments

Some people say arguing is good. If arguments with your partner become too heated then they will likely become more frequent and can escalate into something more detrimental to your relationship.

This doesn’t mean that you cannot disagree or argue as such, is just means that it is the way you ‘disagree’ that is important. Disagree in a respectful manner where there will be a compromising and positive outcome.

Stress is an unfortunate and often unnecessary condition that affects more and more people every day in our time-poor, hectic and fast paced society. Stress is something that we have to manage on a daily basis.

It may be little annoying things that go wrong such as a broken washing machine or iron to a major health concern for a family member. However, being ‘stressed-out’ is an unhealthy condition that will only result in more health problems down the road.

Kerryn Boyle
Kerryn is a Prenatal Exercise Instructor. Kerryn’s areas of expertise includes providing women with safe at-home pregnancy workouts and postpartum workouts. From pregnancy yoga classes to week by week, it's all right here.

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