Before I started my journey to apply Love as a Lifestyle, I was stressed, tired, often had sleepless nights, and was at a bit of a stand still. I had so much to juggle that my mind was simply overwhelmed and I wasn't progressing as quickly as I should have been. What's crazy is I didn't even realize how bad it was. I still laughed, smiled and seemed to be living-it-up, so I thought I had to suck it up and deal with consequences of being a busy bee. I had everything I wanted, so what was there to complain about? For whatever reason, I was programed to believe that I was lucky to have the stress and it just came with the territory - so deal with it. 

Hindsight: I couldn't have been more wrong. The truth is: we can't fully enjoy life with our minds clouded by worry and stress. When our minds are preoccupied, trying to control the future, or stressing about our endless to-do lists, it's nearly impossible to enjoy the current moment. Why do we stress about things that haven't even happened yet? It doesn't help the situation it only harms it. Stress leads to sleep deprivation, weight gain, loss of motivation, self-doubt, even terrible diseases. I'm confident you see the tragic snowball this can become. Stress is not to be taken lightly, especially when it's been linked to cause serious health problems such as cancers, heart disease, diabetes, Alzheimer's, among others. No one should ever have to deal with it.

So, before anyone goes spiraling out of control, here are some simple things I actively practice that help me eliminate stress. Hopefully you'll give them a shot. I know they can help you, too!

1. Sit in silence. 

It's easy and I swear it will help you tremendously. Here's what I do: every morning before I do anything else, I sit for 20 minutes outdoors in a quiet corner of our patio. I turn my cell to airplane mode, turn on a guided meditation I downloaded from my wellness coach and yoga teacher, Erin of Pure Light Wellness, and I sit and clear my mind. Simply sitting in awareness with your eyes closed draws your attention in. This practice helps to connect your mind, body and heart in a way we simply can't during an active day. This is the most important thing I do every day.

Don't be alarmed if you haven't tried meditation before. Sitting in quiet time without interruption will have a similar result. Over time, as you learn to quite your mind and control your worrying thoughts, your day will improve tremendously. If you do nothing else on this list, try this one. 

2. Put away your crystal ball. 

I can't even begin to explain how wrapped up I was in predicting the future. If you do this, let it go! It only leads to more crazy stress. Let me be clear here: this is different from planning for your future. You can plan, set goals, and be responsible in your commitments and obligations, just don't dwell on what it will all look like in the end. Keep an open mind!

If you give today everything you have, tomorrow will be the best version it can be. Maximize today and it will prepare you for tomorrow and whatever tomorrow brings. No more crystal balls and stress about what hasn't even happened yet. It doesn't even exist so just let it be..

3. Maximize today! 

That's it! Simply give it your best shot. I know it's easy to kick yourself around and focus on what you could have done, or should have done, but that's negative and only brings more stress. Break that habit! Simply set your intention to give it 100%, own it, do it, and that's it. Work effectively and efficiently and stand confidently in what you accomplished. You may have a day planned with your family, or an important presentation to give, or a report to turn in, or all of the above! It's okay. Focus on giving every moment 100% of you - do it for you and the people that count on you.

Trust me, when you can walk away confidently at the end of the day knowing you gave it your best shot, there's simply nothing left to stress about. Maximize it! 

4. Stay active. 

Move around a bit - especially if you have an office job. Take a 10 and walk around the building, hit the gym a few times a week, or go for a walk after dinner. Whatever you choose to do, simply remove yourself from your "tasks" and be active. Being active and exercising helps detach your mind from worry, increases endorphins, helps regulate sleep, and ultimately reduces stress.

Plus, imagine your self-esteem boost and glowing smile when you realize you're not only lowering your stress levels, you're also doing your body good in the process. Be active, look good and feel even better!

5. Don't cheat yourself of the good stuff. 

In practicing Love as a Lifestyle, one of the commitments is to do what you love! For me this comes in form of my passion for media, yoga, travel, trying new restaurants, cooking, spending time with my loved ones, enjoying romantic getaways with my other half, hitting the beach for a weekend, etc.

Whatever it is for you, whatever you love to do, keep it in your life and do it as often as possible. Share what you love with others, be in the moment, rejoice in what you love. If you're bombarded by stress, learn to channel that energy to be used on the good stuff. Energy can't be eliminated, it can only be transformed. Take time to refocus your energy and spend time thriving in what makes you happy.

Loving yourself and doing what you love are sure ways to clear whatever stress was clouding your mind before and set you on a path to happiness.

Wishing you a wonderful, stress-free day! With Love, Yarei


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