By Amberin Chaudhry-Rehman (Coaching for Muslimahs - Life coach for Muslim Women)

Stress is an inevitable part of life. Unfortunately, we cannot escape stress, but there are a lot of things we can do to help manage. Today I will mention five ways that you can do that.

1. Mindfulness- is the ability to stay focused on the present moment. It is accepting one’s feelings, thoughts, and bodily sensations. A few ways to achieve mindfulness is through mediation which is quieting the mind and just letting the thoughts come and go. Taking deep breaths can help keep you calm. Through our prayers we can also learn to be in the present moment by focusing on the meanings of the verses that we recite that will also help you attain kushoo in your salat. Lastly focusing on one task at a time instead of rushing from one to the other.

2. Exercising- This is one of the best ways to combat stress. Allah swt has given us this body to take care. Exercise helps keeps your mind, body, and spirit healthy. Make sure you find an activity that you enjoy so you will do it consistently. Even a 20 min walk daily can do wonders for your overall well being.

3. Journaling- Helps articulates your thoughts and feelings that you may not otherwise be able to express verbally. When I am journaling, I address my thoughts and feelings towards Allah swt, by writing everything that happened in my day whether its family or work issues, just being able to pour my heart out to Allah swt by writing it all out is a great stress reliever. Also keeping a gratitude journal and writing three things that you are grateful for is a way to develop a positive mindset.

4. Hobbies- Allah swt has created so much beauty around us, that even going for a walk in nature can do wonders for our stress levels. Just walking for example on a trail with the peace and tranquility around you can help keep you calm you. Art therapy is another popular trend nowadays. Painting helps you to focus and concentrate on one thing and can also be way to help you relax and express your creativity.

5. Diet- Allah swt has given us only one body that we need to nourish with healthy and beneficial foods. Eating the wrong types of food such as processed food and loaded with sugar, also play a huge factor in managing our stress levels. The Prophet swt also never indulged in eating too much food. There are numerous studies to prove that your gut health affects your mental state of being as well. So, choose your foods and drinks wisely.

There you have it five tips that can help you manage your stress levels. By incorporating these consistently, inshallah you will start to feel calmer and more relaxed. This will not only benefit you but those around you. Wish you well!!!

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