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Lyndelle Palmer Clarke is a personal growth expert and author of the Dailygreatness Journal range. A recovering self-help junkie who’d read all the books, been to all the seminars, listened to all the DVD’s and followed all the gurus she realised (after hitting a major crisis in her life) that she wasn’t moving forwards because of the lack of applied knowledge.

Lyndelle has now made it her life mission to empower others to apply all those self-help ideas into your life in a fun, practical and dynamic way so you can start seeing results.

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Today she has six great steps to help you beat the stress in your life so can be happier and more fulfilled than ever before.

Acknowledge your triggers: Awareness is the first step to change. You need first to know what triggers stress for you before you can take steps to change it. Acknowledging those triggers is how you begin to manage and overcome stress, so it doesn’t end up overwhelming you. If caffeine is a stress trigger, then limit your coffees to one a day or less. If certain people trigger stress in you, limit your exposure to them. If certain situations cause you to feel stressed, you have two choices. Either learn to face those situations, so they don’t overwhelm you or limit your exposure to them.

Follow the source: Sometimes it’s not obvious where your stress is coming from. It could be an outside situation that is obvious or a subtle recurring thought pattern that creates your stress. Either way, you need to get to the source so you can proactively work to remove the stress point and find peace.

Remember to breathe: It might seem simple but when was the last time you actually stopped and took a big deep conscious breath? Sometimes that’s all it takes to reduce stress and instantly feel better.

Journal: Journalling brings the unconscious into the conscious, and unconscious thinking patterns are very often the cause of stress. By putting those thoughts on paper, you can begin to reveal the source of your stress and finally empower yourself to let go of whatever is holding you in that stress pattern. Try the Dailygreatness Journal: A Practical Guide for Consciously Creating Your Days which can help you master your mind-set and reach your potential.

Take a day off: Sometimes all we need is to relax, re-set and rejuvenate. Taking a day off to do nothing but rest can be all it takes to feel unburdened, energised and inspired again. It takes emotional intelligence to recognise when we need to rest, and it is the smartest thing you can do for yourself and those around you.

Build a foundation: Stress is usually not an overnight occurrence. It builds up over time due to not taking care of ourselves. Stress strikes when we don’t have a good foundation in place. My simple stress relieving check list includes daily exercise, drinking enough water, yoga or meditation, a good night sleep, a healthy diet and a positive mind-set.

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