Three quick coping strategies for stress (about money)

Feeling stressed about money? After the holidays and before tax season, many of us feel overwhelmed and worried about money.

We could all benefit from some coping strategies for our stress.

When we focus on what we are lacking it causes more stress and worry. A stressful thought actually causes physical stress symptoms in the body. When stressed our bodies increase the heart rate, blood pressure, and tension in our muscles.

By struggling and focusing on a problem, we are often wasting time and energy spinning our mind in circles instead of moving toward a solution. Often the best way to cope with a challenge is to get into a relaxed state of mind. Then you come up with creative solutions.

If we are spending time and energy being stressed we are moving away from health and happiness. According to the American Psychological Association stress is linked to the six leading causes of death—heart disease, cancer, lung ailments, accidents, cirrhosis of the liver, and suicide.

Here are three quick coping strategies for stress (about money or anything else) to move toward more health and happiness!

  1. When stressed take a time out to focus on something pleasing. For example move your body; get up and walk around. Look at something pleasing such as nature or a photo. Listen to something pleasing such as soft music or sounds of nature.
  2. Practice belly breathing. Focus your breath into your belly instead of shallow breathing up in your chest.  Allow your belly to fill with your inhale and empty on your exhale. Try for a count of three and then breath naturally. This will activate your parasympathetic nervous system or the “relaxation response”.
  3. Visualize or remember something empowering. For example visualize yourself having all the inner resources you need to come up with a solution. Or remember a time when you suddenly discovered a creative idea that resolved a challenge for you or someone else.

These three simple steps will put you in a more resourceful state of mind like a stepping stone to more health and happiness. “The difference between a stumbling block and a stepping stone is whether you are cursing your bruised knee or admiring the view.” Silent Owl

Well, what do you think? What is stressing you? How might these strategies help or inspire you?

Please share your thoughts with a comment. I’d love to hear from you!

P.S. More practical tools on stretching beyond stuck …
*How to Stay Calm in Stressful Times => Calm in Stressful Times

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