Stress Relief Inspiration That Can Help You Today
Feeling stressed could be called a modern epidemic. Dealing with stress is something that most of us have to face, on a daily basis.
The causes of stress are many and varied, but the great news is that there are plenty of simple, practical and even inspirational stress relief techniques that you can apply today, which will make a difference, fast.
Over the past decade or so, I have written plenty of articles and created loads of resources to help you feel less stressed. But rather than asking you to trawl through my website to find them, here’s a handy round-up. In this section I have included 3 main areas, to help you to combat stress and feel happier. They are:
2. Meditation & Mindfulness
One of the most painful aspects of being stuck in a stress-cycle is the chatter that goes on in your mind. Discover some practical meditation & mindfulness techniques that can help you turn things around – in under sixty seconds.
3. The ‘G’ Word…
One of the major causes of stress is focussing on what is going wrong in your life – but I didn’t need to tell you that, did I? 😉 Luckily there’s a one-word solution that can have a massive impact: Is it time to talk about the ‘g’ word?
I really hope you find these stress relief resources useful. I’d love to hear how you get on – either via the comments for each of the articles or in our Soul-Sized Living invitation-only online community (joining is free!).
I’m adding new stress busting resources all the time – make sure you’re getting Soul-Sized Living weekly updates if you want to make sure you hear about them.
And remember – often the first stage to de-stress is relaxing! You can find loads of great relaxation resources here.
Helpful Articles With Stress Management Techniques
Quick Fix: Feeling Stressed? De-Stress Grounding Breath Works In Under A Minute
Here’s a super-easy quick fix for whenever you’re feeling stressed or worried, for whatever reason. You can do it any time, any place – even when you’re surrounded by people. And once you know how to do it, it will become second nature, helping you gently let go of whatever is bothering you in a matter of seconds.
Sounds good? Here’s how to do it!
Is Your Monkey Mind Telling You The Truth About Stress?
Have you noticed how your Monkey Mind likes to tell stories about stress? Even when you’re not feeling particularly stressed, if it spots a stress trigger, it uses it as an excuse to start up the story machine again. And it likes labels. It likes to put things in boxes: “That’s a stressful thing. That’s a difficult thing. That’s a happy thing.” When the stuff is in boxes, it makes life easier for your Monkey Mind, because then it knows which auto-pilot scripts and old habitual behaviours to run.
But there’s a problem with all of this: we believe the stories our Monkey Mind tells us.
Find out why it’s such a big issue – and what you can do about it, today!
Are You Eating Yourself Miserable? 5 Food Traps That Could Be Wrecking Your Mood
One of the most common reactions when we’re feeling stressed is to reach for something to eat. Our research showed that up to 75% of people instinctively reach for comfort food, when they’re feel down, stressed or angry.
BUT what you’re eating (or drinking) could be making you feel worse!
Discover the 5 most common food traps that could be wrecking your mood.
How To Magically Find More Time
How often do we spend our time fretting about not having enough time? It seems to fly by. And the more stressed we are, the faster it goes. In our fast-paced society, there’s a common theme in most of our lives – we feel we don’t have enough time.
Most of us would love to find more time – for the things we have to do – and for the things we’d rather do.
So I’d like to share with you a near-magic-wand for creating more time in your day.
How To Magically Find More Time
The Little Book Of Daily Sunshine
If you enjoy reading inspirational aticles that can help you to de-stress and change your life in just a few minutes, then you might want to discover why readers love the Little Book Of Daily Sunshine. It brings you bite-sized inspiration to light up your day. Short & sweet. Practical & inspirational. It can really help you to feel less stressed. Readers tell me they carry it around in their bags, keep it in theirs desks at work or leave it on the bedside table, to dip into, whenever they need inspiration.
Get your copy of the Little Book Of Daily Sunshine today.
Meditation & Mindfulness
Fluff-free zone – trust me, I’m an engineer 😉
Is It Time To Stop ‘Pretending’ To Breathe? Turn Things Around With A 3 Minute Belly-Breathing Meditation
When we’re stressed, our breathing moves from the belly area to the upper chest. This triggers hormones that create more stress, creating a viscious cycle.
When we do this, we’re also denying our bodies the oxygen-rich fuel they crave, which has implications for our health – physically, mentally and emotionally.
Fortunately all you need to do, to turn things around, is to take 10 deep breaths.
Here’s how: 3 Minute Belly Breathing Meditation
Do You Need To PAUSE Today? It’s A 60 Second De-Stressing Mindfulness Technique You Won’t Want To Miss
I was talking to some students recently about how you can work with mindfulness techniques to let go of stresses and icky emotions in under a minute. It’s funny how people rarely believe such a claim – until they have tried it. Of course, it takes practice to get the most out of it – just as with any skill – but this mindfulness exercise is one you won’t want to miss. Is it time for you to PAUSE today?
Here’s a 60 second mindfulness-based de-stressing technique you won’t want to miss.
Six Secrets For Training Your Family To Help You Meditate
When you’re feeling stressed, meditation can really help. But starting the habit can feel hard. Moral support is essential.
But have you ever noticed that, sometimes, the hardest place to ask for help is at home?
Training your family (or house-mates) to help you meditate is vital, if you want to create a sustainable, on-going meditation practice. This is one of the most popular bonus articles from the 28 Day Meditation Challenge course, which I’m sharing with you here, as my gift. 🙂
Here are some top tips, to get your family ‘meditation-fit’
Why Are We So Scared Of Silence?
You get home from work and almost before your coat is off and the keys are hung up, the radio is on. You go to a friend’s for coffee and the TV is on in the background. You sit in your car and give in to an almost physical need to tune in to your favourite station or listen to some music.
But did you know that all of this will be adding to your stress levels?
Discover why we’re so scared of silence – and an insider secret that can turn things around.
3 Secrets Your Heart Wants You To Hear About Meditation
We’ve all heard that high, persistent levels of stress can lead to heart disease. But did you know that meditation not only helps to cut your stress levels, but can help to improve your heart health and reduce your risk of heart disease?
Here are 3 compelling reasons why meditation should be top of your list of strategies. These are the secrets your heart really wants you to hear about how meditation can help you.
3 Secrets Your Heart Wants You To Hear About Meditation
Want To Learn How To Meditate? Join Us For The 28 Day Meditation Challenge Online Course
The 28 day meditation challenge’s approach is unique. It’s about much more than just meditation!
Of course, it guides, step by step, through the essentials of how to meditate, just as you would expect from a course created by a formally-trained, experienced meditation teacher.
But I’m going to help you go further than that – sharing my decades of psychology & NLP expertise (I’m a certified NLP Trainer).
In this inspirational, down-to-earth programme, the 28 Day Meditation Challenge takes you on a powerful journey to free yourself from old excuses, negative thought patterns and limiting beliefs, to enjoy the many scientifically-proven benefits of meditation, no matter how busy your life is.
Drawing from various ancient spiritual traditions, as well as powerful life-changing techniques and practical wisdom, this interactive online course has the potential to transform your experience of life – all served up with an upbeat tone, plenty of encouragement and a dollop of humour!
Join us for the 28 Day Meditation Challenge
How To Rope In Your Monkey Mind To Help You Feel Less Stressed
Feeling stressed often comes from giving all of our attention to what is going wrong – and losing our perspective on what is going right. Psychologists and researchers have now proven what common sense already told us: that focussing on the good bits in life helps us to feel happier and less stressed.
Here’s one of the top solutions they recommend, to help you combat stress – and they have discovered it can produce dramatic results in under 3 weeks. In fact, my readers and students have found that it’s much faster than that. 🙂
Are you ready?
Is It Time For The ‘G’ Word?
We’re talking Gratitude here.
Ok – let’s deal with the #1 tomato-throwing objection first: focusing on gratitude doesn’t mean turning into Pollyanna and pretending that everything in life is ok! Instead it’s about retraining your Monkey Mind to think about things that make you feel great, more often than it tells you stories of things that make you feel bad.
And, unsurprisingly, it can be an amazing antidote (and even long-term solution) for feeling stressed.
Are you up for playing with this idea? Here are some of the most popular gratitude resources from my website, for you to enjoy.
Feel Less Stressed: Change Your Life Now With Gratitude Minutes
Want to know one of my favourite gratitude techniques?
Even if this were the only one you chose to do, it will still have a massively positive impact on your life.
It takes a minute or two – and it’s worth every second of your time.
Interested? Here it is!
Change your life now with gratitude minutes.
Finding It Hard To Get To Sleep? Bedtime De-Stress With The Gratitude Spiral
Sometimes in life, especially when we’re stressed, it can be difficult to fall asleep. It’s as though the worries of daily life just keep going round and round in our mind. But stress doesn’t have to be something that keeps you awake at night.
Rather than fighting your thoughts, which just feeds them and keeps them at the centre of your attention, there are many simple techniques that cost nothing, but make a huge difference!
Here’s one of my favourites.
Forget About New Year Resolutions! Is It Time To Change Your Life With A Gratitude Jar, Instead?
Forget about the whole gym / giving up chocolate / never swearing again stuff. Sure, it’s helpful, but it’s really only twiddling with the outside.
If you want to make real, life-long shifts in your life this year, go for Gratitude instead. Just imagine training your brain to think of happy thoughts and things you are grateful for, instead of pointing out everything that’s going wrong!
Just imagine saying goodbye to feeling glum and fed up, when things don’t go the way you had wanted!
It only takes five minutes a day to train your mind to look for the positives and to feel gratitude for what is good in your life. Here’s a fun technique you can use with the whole family – and it’s incredibly useful, when you’re feeling stressed.
Is it time to start a gratidue jar?
Want To Dive In? Is It Time For A Gratitude Journal?
Want to be inspired? Want to discover how to make the miracle of gratitude an easy and life-changing part of your daily routine? Gratitude: A Daily Journal is more than ‘just’ a journal. It brings you the ‘how to’ of gratitude, in bite-sized, light-hearted, practical chunks – as well as a Readers’ Club, with reader-only bonuses and a supportive online readers’ forum, to share your journey with other like-minded gratitude-fans.
Can you imagine how all of this will fast-track your experience of gratitude changing your life?!
Of course, other gratitude journals are available, but – in true Blue Peter style, here’s one I prepared earlier 😉 Gratitude – A Daily Journal
Give Your Gratitude A Kick Start
We have all heard of the power of gratitude to change your life.
We’re just supposed to ‘think grateful thoughts’ and ‘cultivate an attitude of gratitude’ and suddenly it all falls into place? Hmmmm….
Perhaps there’s a teeny bit more to it than that? 😉
But, actually, gratitude doesn’t have to be as difficult as it might seem – when you know how.
And it doesn’t need to take longer than a week, for you to notice real shifts in your experience of life. Interested? Then the 7 Day Gratitude Kick-Start online course could be just what you’re looking for.
Use coupon code soulsizedliving to get a 50% discount. 🙂
Get started with your Gratitude Kick Start today!
I hope you find the above stress relief resources helpful! I publish new articles and videos each week, many of which can help you to set yourself free from the cycle of feeling stress. If you’d like to know when they’re published (and get your hands on lots of gorgeous goodies as my gift), then please make sure you have joined Soul-Sized Living – it’s free!
With love, Namaste,