Having a really crappy day?
No matter what life dishes out, your physical, emotional and spiritual health depends on you remaining positive. Sometimes people get so overwhelmed with stress that they acquire eating disorders which can then lead to digestive problems, weight problems, sleep deprivation, confidence and esteem challenges, and more.
In fact, did you know that 43 percent of all adults suffer adverse health effects from stress—and 75- 90 percent of all doctor’s office visits are for stress-related ailments and complaints?
It’s also important to remember that we attract what we put our energy on—so if you’re thinking and dwelling about the negative, chances are you’ll just attract more of the same. As the saying goes: “Worrying is like praying for what you don’t want.”
Here are some ways to cope when you’re having a bad day:
- Give yourself a “time out.” Do something pleasurable, whether it’s playing with the kids or the pets, taking a long walk, gardening or bicycling. If you’re in the office, close your door, stretch, move around– and take a few minutes to breathe deeply.
- Practice self-care: It’s easy to neglect ourselves when we’re so busy taking care of other things. But we can’t be much good to others if we’re not feeling up-to-par ourselves, right? Get some “alone time”–take a hot bath, get a massage, read a good book—whatever you need to feed your soul.
- Eat Mindfully: Eat slowly, savor every mouthful and give your body a chance to digest and your brain to register satiety. Working through lunch? Everyone has at least five minutes to eat calmly and peacefully; close the door, shut down the computer and let the phone go to voicemail.
- Breathe! We tend to engage in shallow breathing when anxious, but when you feel that way, stop, take a few deep breaths and exhale.
- Strengthen your sense of community: Make a phone call to someone to whom you haven’t spoken in a while. Re-connect with someone whom you haven’t seen in a long, long time (Hint: social media, like Facebook, is great for finding old friends.) Make it a point to say hello and speak to that neighbor with whom you’ve never connected.
Ok, so I’ll just keep saying it—have a consistent gratitude practice. Every night, make a list of 3-5 things for which you are grateful; even the worst day has positive moments.
ABOUT IRENE: Irene Ross is an integrative nutrition and holistic wellness coach who helps people alter unhealthy habits so they can transform their lives into one of vibrant health and happiness.
Her website is: www.irenefross.com.
Author of the e-book, Sugar’s Sour Story. and of the forthcoming book, 25 Ways to Fire Up Your Day: Increase Energy, Get More Done in Less Time, Balance Your Life, she also writes a pet wellness blog called http://www.furryfriendshavefun.wordpress.com