Simple Ways to Reduce Stress

May 3, 2013

Stress is more harmful to your health than you may realize. Long periods of stress will take its toll on your body, and even result in illness and disease. If you already have an illness or disease, stress will only make the situation worse.

My personal experience with having extremely high blood pressure before my kidney transplant forced me to become an expert at lowering my stress level. It wasn’t optional for me to lower my blood pressure. It was mandatory. My life depended on it.

Mount Cheam Mimi Luk

 

At one point, I was on four different blood pressure medications and despite the best efforts of my kidney doctor, my blood pressure remained high. My doctor told me this was common with someone who had kidney disease. In addition, I was told that stress is one of the key factors which causes high blood pressure so it was imperative that I kept my stress level low. This wasn’t a surprise to me as I had been monitoring my blood pressure three times a day since I first started having high blood pressure.

Whenever I was stressed, my blood pressure went up. The more stressed I was, the higher my blood pressure. Once I was in such a stressful situation that I burst the blood vessels in my eye. Not a pretty picture. It was evident that my body reacted dreadfully under stress.

 

Hatzic Lake Reflection Mimi Luk Mission Canada

 

I had to find ways to be stress-free. Let me share some practical ways to reduce stress:

  1. Daily Meditation.
  2. Practicing Yoga.
  3. Deep breathing exercises.
  4. Scheduling appointments and meetings far apart from each other so you are not rushed.
  5. Simplifying your life as much as possible (that includes ending toxic relationships).
  6. Limiting your commitments (not overextending yourself personally or professionally).
  7. Being careful of your diet – not eating too much, nor too late, and eating healthy foods.
  8. Having a good sleep. Turning off the TV, computer and all electronics one hour before you sleep to unwind and relax. Soak in a bath before you head to dreamland.
  9. Physical exercise. Go to the gym. Go for a walk. Take the stairs instead of the elevator.
  10. A massage. Even a short five minute shoulder and neck massage makes a difference. Do it yourself, or ask a friend and exchange the favor.
  11. A day at the spa (I know this is not practical on a daily basis, but if you can, treat yourself once in a while).
  12. Spend time in nature. Go to the wilderness. Breath fresh air.
  13. Aromatherapy. Have nice scents around you. The smell of lavender is great for relaxing.
  14. Think positively. Practice positive self-talk.
  15. Write out a grateful list. Focus on five things you are grateful for and spend time thinking and appreciating them.

Of course, preventing stress in the first place is always best. If you are already carrying out some, if not all, of the above methods, you will be in a much better position to handle stress when it comes along.

We all have some degree of stress at different times in our lives. However, it is essential to be aware when we are feeling stress, and consciously reduce that stress. It is also important not to focus and worry about being stressed.

Just acknowledge that you are feeling stressed and do something about it! Whether you meditate, take a walk through the park, or run up those stairs, just do it! Get in touch with your body and discover for yourself what works to lower your stress level and make time to do it! Even if you can only take five minutes a day to de-stress, your body will thank you for it!

Wishing you wellness and peace.

Love & Light,

Mimi Luk

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Mimi Luk is a personal and professional life coach. Grateful to be alive as a kidney recipient, she is also a health and wellness advocate. Mimi has achieved her knowledge and insight from both personal and professional circumstances to allow her to become an empathetic coach. Her experiences have made her a true believer in the power of intent and the unlimited possibilities of transformation. Currently writing her first book, she believes it will inspire readers to begin their journey of self-discovery, and to have an abundant life filled with peace, love, and joy. Please contact Mimi for information on coaching sessions in-person, by phone, or online via Skype.

8 responses to Simple Ways to Reduce Stress

  1. A great blog post Mimi, thank you. Practical and easy-to-implement.

    One thing I particularly like, is that some of these suggestions for being stress-free can also be used as rewards… I’m very keen on rewards, LOL.

    PS: it can be great to get together with a friend and do a home spa day on each other. I will always remember giving a friend a facial and massage the day before she flew out to South Africa to start the preparations for her wedding. Emigration + wedding arranging can get stressful 🙂 she relaxed more and more and then fell asleep – job done 🙂

    • Hi Mhairi. Thank you very much for your kind words.

      You are absolutely right in saying that these suggestions for being stress-free can also be used as rewards…especially the one about spending a day at the spa 🙂

      I love your idea about getting a friend and doing a home spa with each other. My friend and I do facials for each other, so I know how wonderful that Is! Nice of you to give your friend a facial and massage before her wedding. I am sure she appreciated it!

      Thanks for the connection, Mhairi, and let’s keep in touch! 🙂

  2. Mimi;

    All of your ideas are great. I’d like to add a couple to the list. (1) Find a QUIET natural place, where only nature is communicating. The power of QUIET is real by bringing a plateau of harmony. (2) This one I’ve learned over time. It is difficult to learn and master, but once done it unravels the chords of stress – Only worry about those problems of which you have control over. An example is my son is stressing over finding a job and worrying about if his resume is being read – Whay don’t they call me – why is it taking so long…,etc. All of which he has no control over, yet he can be proactive and contact the prospective employer(s) to find out the status – Thus regaining control.

    • Thank you so much for your comments, Barry.
      You are so right about finding a quiet place in nature to reduce stress. I have experienced the power of being in harmony with nature in complete stillness and it is so wonderful. Also, that is very true to not worry about things you have no control over. When we spend precious time and energy worrying about things we have no control over, we just bring on more stress and waste time. Instead, we should focus on what we have control over in our lives and take action.
      I appreciate your thoughtful tips on reducing stress, Barry.
      Thank you!

  3. A friend of mine has started having a girls night. We sit in her back yard (no fragrances on anyone due to my MCS) and visit. She had one a couple of weeks ago and I took my own drink (no wine thank you) and ate because I didn’t know there would be snacks (although I realized I wouldn’t have been able to eat them with my food allergies anyway). She recently suggested dinner at an outdoor place for one night. I plan on phoning ahead and getting their menu to see if I can tweak it to suit me. These nights take me away from being sick and from all other responsibilities. This is a wonderful post.

  4. It is important for each of us to discover what works for us to reduce stress in our lives. We are all individuals with different bodies which respond to different stimuli. I am happy that you have these girls night out to enjoy each others’ company. Socializing is definitely a way to reduce stress, especially if you laugh a lot when you are together! Thank you for your reading my post and am grateful that you enjoyed it, Kathryn.

  5. thanks sharing your experiences…and best whishes