You can’t take a break from life but you can give yourself a break and not allow life to just “happen” to you. As life “happens” and responsibilities increase, stress and overwhelm can ensue. Stress on a chronic basis can lead to loss of your passion, vigor, dreams, focus as well as adverse physical symptoms. But that’s not the end of the story.
~ At all times and under all circumstances, we have the power to transform the quality of our lives.~
3 Ways we can transform the quality of our lives and take a break before life breaks us:
Light “You light up my life, you give me hope to carry on…”
“You light up my Life” by Debby Boone
Be mindful and intentional of who you allow in your inner circle. As the saying goes, “You are the company you keep”. During those dark moments when stress has overwhelmed you and you want to take a break from life, find your light. Healthy, nurturing and supportive relationships are important. When you are in your dark days, supportive friends and family can shine their light and help you find your way.
Find what lifts your spirit when you feel heavy and burdened down. Your lift can come from a walk in the park, healthy energizing foods, or an uplifting conversation. People of like mind and spirit can facilitate your lift or contribute a few feathers to help you spread your wings and fly. For women especially, one of the ways we manage and release stress is through what is known as “tend and befriend”. In response to stress, women connect and create social groups and “sister circles” to manage stressful conditions. According to research published in the “Psychological Review” Shelley Taylor et al. found that the hormone oxytocin may contribute to this phenomenon. Oxytocin is important for childbirth and breast feeding. But it also influences specific areas of the brain that contribute to feelings of relaxation, trust and psychological stability.
They say laughter is the best medicine. Laughter offsets the impact of mental stress, restores emotional well-being and a sense of connection between two people. And all the health benefits of laughter may simply result from the social support that laughter stimulates.
The muscle tension many experience across the neck and shoulders when you feel like you are carrying the weight of the world, laughter can be the remedy for that. Laughter stimulates circulation and aids muscle relaxation, both of which can help reduce some of the physical symptoms of stress.
Find a way to laugh about your own situations and watch your stress begin to fade away. Laughter can also make it easier to cope with difficult situations, allowing you to take a break from the pressures in life before life breaks you.
Register for The "From Stressed to STUNNING: 5 Steps to a Successful Stress FREELIFE"
This live webinar empowers you to be aware of stressors and triggers to interrupt the “auto-pilot" mode we engage in day to day. This live webinar helps to gain a fresh perspective on life shifting your mindset to release stress and recharge your motivation to achieve your goals.
Tuesday, August 8, 2017 at 7 PM CST/ 8 PM EST
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Yours in Health,
Dr. Michelle Clay
Dr. Michelle Clay is a speaker, best-selling author & Holistic Physician specializing in the release and management of stress and its associated symptoms simply and naturally. Through her company FREELIFE7, Dr. Michelle enhances lives by harmonizing all dimensions of wellness through wellness coaching programs to help stressed out and burned out professionals, leaders and exhausted executives discover their sense of calm, clarity and confidence to live a FREE life on purpose with passion. Join her private community, Wellness WOW Factor exclusively for 'Super Wonder Women' and those looking to up-level their wellness