[vimeo id="98757617"] Relevant magazine published a really interesting article on the most stressed states in America. To my surprise the most stressed state was actually Florida, followed by Georgia, New Jersey, California and Nevada. The article brought to surface the fact that stress is something many of us deal with every day, but at different degrees. I thought today I’d share a few healthy spiritual and physical disciplines that you can add to your routine that will reduce stress in your life.
First, exercise regularly. This is a great physical discipline that will help you get into a new environment and release some pressure. Personally, I love working out in the mornings, but regardless of when you work out, physical exercise helps relax you from the daily grind. So start doing some weight lifting, attending fitness classes or just doing some walking and jogging. Not only will you find relief from stress, you’ll be on your way to getting in shape.
Second, have quiet times. This is a spiritual discipline that absolutely needs to be cultivated into your life. Spend a good amount of time praying and reading your Bible or another devotional book. This doesn’t mean that you check your phone, email and texts while you’re in the middle of it. You must actually have a QUIET time with no interruptions. Once you do this, I guarantee you’ll begin to experience stress relief and will see peace being cultivated into your life.
Third, keep a healthy diet. This is another physical discipline that has a lot to do with lowering your stress levels. We may not pay too much attention to this, but if your diet is poor, your stress levels will be higher. If you’re a coffee lover like me, you need to learn to drink it in moderation. Too much caffeine will definitely add to your stress. An overall poor diet will be bad for your body in the long run and will increase your stress. So be sure to eat healthy. Drink water and eat your vegetables.
Fourth, sometimes you just have to laugh. Believe it or not, but laughing is actually a great stress reliever. Even God has a sense of humor so don’t be afraid to laugh. Whenever you have chance to crack some good jokes and laugh with your friends and coworkers, take advantage of that. Not only is it a good stress reliever, but good humor adds to a positive work environment – it’s a sign of a healthy organization. It goes to show that people enjoy their work and their environment. Constant stress is never good so take some time to laugh a little.
If your feeling stressed, cultivate these healthy spiritual and physical disciplines into your life and you’ll find your stress levels decreasing. Thanks for checking out my blog, I trust you enjoyed it. Are there disciplines that you’d like to add to this list? I’d love to hear from you – please feel free to respond below. I hope you have a great day!