6 Strategies for Stress Relief You Can Implement Today!
Posted Jan 10 2013 2:00pm
If you’re experiencing stress within your work, relationships and other areas of your life, you need to get it under control and learn how to manage it before it takes a toll on your health and your mental state. Sometimes, we experience stress because we’re not taking care of ourselves, our work and private life are unbalanced or we’re having problems managing everything we have to do at home.
We create impossible situations for ourselves by taking on more than we can handle, both with work and in our personal lives, and that creates more stress. At some point we must find ways to manage our stress before it gets the best of us.
Here are a few pointers:
Make yourself the number-one priority. If you’re not taking care of yourself, chances are other parts of your life will suffer too. The best stress reducer is exercise. It releases magical endorphins that are vital to your happiness and well-being. Mini vacations, spa treatments and just taking time to listen to music or read will keep you more able to handle stress.
Take a break. Stress at work is something that most of us have experienced. If it’s an occasional problem, try taking a break in a quiet place where you can relax and meditate. That strategy sometimes works at home too, when you’re dealing with children who want your attention or have a too-full schedule.
Keep your mind functioning at a high level. Too much stress in your life can sometimes be handled by sharpening mind skills by reading, games and other ways that keep you thinking. Then, when stress enters your life, you’ll be more able to cope and find a solution.
Become organized. Stress at home and at work can be reduced by finding a way to become organized. That means having a plan – a plan for meals, proper scheduling, laundry, errands and other areas that could cause stress. And, don’t forget yourself in this organization process. Make time for exercise and a healthy diet.
Social networking. Your social network might hold the key to reducing stress in your life. Friends, personal trainers and counselors usually have online sites or blogs that can help you “get away from it all” for awhile and interact with others who share your interests. Spend a little time on the Internet interacting with others when stress gets you down.
Deep breathing techniques and stretching. When you can’t exercise or get away for any length of time, it sometimes helps to take a mere minute to practice deep breathing techniques such as those taught in Yoga. Standing up from your desk and performing some stretching exercises will also serve to give your mind and body a break from stress.
You may not be able to totally eliminate stress from your life, but you can get it under control by making some small changes in your life that will make a big difference.