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Overcoming Stress: 18 simple ideas

April 11, 2014 0 comments Peak Performance

Overcoming Stress: 18 simple ideas

By Thomas Hadley

Running late for work. Argument with a spouse. Parenting challenges. Kids are sick. Conflicts on the job. Financial stress. None of us are immune to stress. In some ways it is healthy, giving us the boost we need to take appropriate action. In other ways, it disrupts our lives and prevents us from being the very best we can be in our personal and professional lives. What can we do about it?


Here are 18 simple ideas to help you overcomes stress:

  1. Take some time to exercise. 20 minutes is good enough.
  2. Breathe deeply. This helps change our mental circuitry and disrupts our stressful thought patterns.
  3. Journal the issues that are bothering you. When finished, reread the entry and jot down plans, solutions and insights that help defuse the issues.
  4. Spend time in a place that inspires you.
  5. Read spiritual material or any material that shifts your perspective.
  6. Talk about your challenges with someone who can help you gain a healthy perspective.
  7. Evaluate your environment and associations for sources of stress. Make the appropriate changes.
  8. Be in the moment. Simply observe your surroundings without thinking about the problems that happened yesterday or the challenges that are ahead of you. Simply be present. Try to engage all senses. Take it all in and enjoy what is around you. Doing this actually allows your subconscious mind to feed you ideas to solve problems
  9. Observe your situation and current circumstances nonjudgmentally. When we place judgments on events and circumstances, the interpretations lead to our stress – not the events themselves.
  10. Examine your beliefs. What beliefs are you holding that are causing stress? It is ALWAYS the belief about the situation that causes the stress. For example, “Everything I do needs to be perfect or I cannot live with it.” This is a sure stressor.
  11. Explore energy medicine & energy psychology. Energy methods help address and heal sources of stress at the root.
  12. Pray. The benefits of this practice have been well documented and researched.
  13. Do something fun to take your mind off of the issue.
  14. Know the most stressful times of your day, week or month. Plan leisure time around these times to counterbalance the stressful events.
  15. Change your perception about the stressful situation by writing down the good that is coming from it.
  16. Get more sleep. It is no secret that we are more irritable when we don’t get enough sleep. This shortens our “stress fuse.”
  17. Be sure you are eating healthy foods and drinking plenty of water. We cannot expect to deal with stress effectively when we are not providing for our nutritional needs.
  18. Do something nice for someone without expecting anything in return. It gets the focus off of our stressful situations and can give us a renewed perspective on things. It also causes the release of healthy chemicals in our bodies.


This is a short list of things you can do to address the toxic stress in your life. Taking actions to turn stress into opportunities for healthier thinking and behaviors will help propel you forward to greater levels of effectiveness. I am sure you can think of other things you have done that you find effective. Feel free to add those in the comments section below.



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Thomas Hadley

Thomas Hadley

Thomas Hadley is a peak performance consultant for executives, business owners and investors. He enjoys writing, teaching and presenting on increasing creative output, energy management and overcoming limiting beliefs in performance. He founded Higher Level Training Corp. in 2006 and resides in Irvine, CA with his wife and two children. Thomas Hadley Peak Performance Consultant
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