When stress starts to have a physical impact on my health and my life, the thing that turns it around, is exercise. When the spots, IBS symptoms, restless sleep, picked fingers and frequent illness kick in, it's not medicine I need or a gluten free detox, it's a regular fitness pickup.
This mind is always making noise - more so when we are not talking. To develop silence of the mind, initially you need a quiet place. Then listen to your mind without expressing any opinion to confuse the matter.
Naturally and completely rationally (ha) I was afraid of having a panic attack on my wedding day. My main concern was that once I was in that church, I couldn't leave until I was married. It was that mental feeling of being trapped.
Having too much stress in your life, will make you anxious, irritable and unproductive. It will affect your relationship with yourself, your performance at work, your long term physical and emotional health and your quality of your life.
Our internal and external worlds are intrinsically linked. Internally, when we have negative, fear-based or busy thinking it accumulates and manifests as thought clutter, clogging up the flow of energy in every aspect of our lives.
What is important is that I keep reinforcing the message that she can do anything she sets her mind to. I sent her on pack holiday with a letter telling her how brave she was and that, having faced this challenge, the next one would be that little bit easier. I also encouraged her to let her little light shine - something we have previously discussed - and told her that, as long as she did this, she would be just fine. It is a message we should be giving all children.
With flexibility, work time can spill over into non-work time, especially when a deadline needs to be met or something unexpected comes up. This 'emergency time' is further facilitated by mobile technologies that allow employers to contact employees at any time.
The discussion I learnt the most about digital stress from last week was with a leadership coach who told me that by avoiding talking about the problem of digital stress we are only making it bigger. Many managers never take the time to talk about what makes us feel stressed at work. If you never point out the weaknesses it's hard to do anything about them.
I found a green lifestyle that would make my family life better, happier and healthier, not worthy, guilt-filled and exhausted. This meant changing things that would benefit us and letting fun and family activity be the guide.
With many teenagers becoming increasingly stressed and overwhelmed, it's no surprise that parents are feeling the pressure too. Sound familiar? Here's how you can help your teenager cope.
When we carry our digital devices with us it means that we bring our work with us everywhere we go. It's right there in our pocket or on the table next to us. Our brain and body are never really disconnected from our work life.
When we're overloaded, not coping well with life, stress can become a negative factor in our lives and inhibit our body from taking care of itself, from functioning well, adapting, healing and repairing itself.
Evaluate how you spend your time. Calculate how much time you use productively. Do you waste time responding to situations in a haphazard or random way? There's no merit in appearing busy for the sake of it or delivering a panic response to situations.
Life sometimes moves so fast that it's hard to keep up with the pace without feeling like your head is going to fall off. If you're reading this and you feel like you're going to to smash into a thousand tiny pieces, don't worry, here are four proven ways to help reduce your stress levels...
Every time we find ourselves compulsively checking the media, we are exposing ourselves to more and more information. Feeling like we 'need to know' what is going on around us can become an addiction and distract us when we feel bored, restless, or anxious.
Thinking back to when I did my exams, the feeling of dread and worry comes flooding back. I found them unnecessarily stressful and got really frustrated because I think that exams are such a limited viewpoint into how intelligent somebody actually is.