A Better You: How to fight stress

January 7, 2008 8:44:06 AM PST
Everyone gets stressed. How do you handle it?Stress coach Dr. Terry Lyles tells us how you can learn to fight stress better.

Stress-fighting Tips:
  • Avoid bringing your work home with you

  • It's important to separate your work and home life in order to manage stress.
  • Have balance in your life

  • Set aside 30 minutes every day to do something that you enjoy. You can read a book, further your hobby or just speak to someone who makes you feel good. This 30 minute boost will do wonders for your energy level.
  • Rest and Refuel

  • Take a break every 90-120 minutes; have a healthy snack every 3-4 hours .This quick resting and refueling period will rejuvenate you and help you focus on your work. We all have three hour glycolic acid oscillation cycles which needs to be maintained with regular eating.
  • Turn off the TV, computer, etc. 20 minutes before you hit the hay

  • Not only will this give you time for reflection and allow you to shut down, but it will also help clear your mind and get to sleep faster.
  • Focus on the positive

  • Live each day filled with gratitude - as if it's your last. Count your blessings everyday and don't wait to live your life in perfect circumstances.
  • Stay Active

  • Employ cardio training 3-4 times per week. When you get stressed, your body releases extra chemicals such as glucose and adrenaline. Exercise can help rid your body of these stress hormones, make us feel better allover and increases our capacity for handling stress. It also helps you stay healthy by keeping bones and muscles strong so you can sleep better, and ward off chronic illnesses.
  • Sleep

  • Try to get at least 8 hours of sleep at night. Sleeplessness can be one of many signs your body is under stress. Other signals include headaches, backaches, digestive problems. Talk to your doctor if these symptoms don't go away with your efforts to reduce stress.

Dr. Terry Lyles, Stress Coach

(BACKGROUND) Dr. Lyles is hailed as an international educator, author and speaker to universities, schools, world-class athletes, and public audiences. He has trained hundreds of individuals, sharing his approach to stress utilization. He has appeared on a variety of media outlets, including CNN, ABC, NBC, MSNBC and Fox News Channel. His website is terrylyles.com.