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Has stress become a routine part of your life?

Posted Dec 20 2009 8:04pm

Has stress become a routine part of your life?

Winning techniques to alleviate stress on and off the job. Is work stressing you out? Has stress become a routine part of your life?

That needn't be the case.


The leading web developers has identified some effective stress-busting techniques which incorporated into your routine should enhance your emotional well-being and improve your performance both on and off the job! Breathing Exercises Clear your mind of all its worries, imagine your mind is a clean white slate and focus on a warm bright light (or object) and breathing slowly and deeply in and out in regular counts of 5. In the midst of panic attacks, lying down on the floor and placing your hands on your stomach as you breathe in and out at regular counts also helps you regulate your breathing as you feel your stomach expand and contract every time you inhale/ exhale.

Remember, many people react to stressful situations by holding their breath which adds to that feeling of heightened stress and discomfort as their body tries to come to terms with its diminished oxygen supply. That feeling that you simply can't get in enough air may be a signal that you are actually breathing in too much air in panic and forgetting to exhale. Diet Is your diet rich in all the wrong things? Do you drink too much coffee and end up with more 'buzz' than you can possibly channel in a positive direction? Are you malnourished because of a general fashionable preoccupation with being thin and as a result feeling weak, lethargic and drained? Or maybe you're overeating and ending up feeling slow and unhappy with yourself?

A balanced diet is your first step to general physical and emotional health. No amount of stressbuster techniques can make up for a diet lacking in essential requirements. Emotional health is often symptomatic of underlying physical problems so make sure you start out by treating your body right and giving it the nutrients vitamins and minerals it deserves. Aim to drink 8 glasses of water a day to help detox your body and keep the circulation going. Exercise Formulate an exercise plan that works for you and vary it to keep it interesting. The emotional high you get from exercising is immediate and for most moderately strenuous aerobic or muscle-building programs, you should start to notice physical results too after about three weeks providing you stick to a healthy diet and a regular exercise routine of three times a week.

Aromatherapy After a long day's work in a highly stressful environment, if you are too drained to do anything at all, aromatherapy may be just what you wold want.. Aromatherapy involves using the sense of smell to heal and restore physical and mental harmony. Essential oils for aromatherapy are generally available in cosmetic as well as health food stores. Essential oils based candles, soaps and bath salts can also do the trick. One of the most common and well-known healing oils is lavender which is well-known for its soothing and relaxing qualities as well as its antiseptic abilities. Other relaxing oils include cinnamon, lemon balm and geranium. For general mood enhancement, chamomile, clearly sage, marjoram and rosemary are very effective. Thyme, peppermint, frankinsence and citrus scents such as orange, lemon and grapefruit can also act as stimulants. Ginger, sandalwood and jasmine are known to have aphrodisiac qualities.

Talk Therapy This really works. Find someone to talk to about your work problems and stresses. This will help you see things in more perspective and even if the person isn't able to provide constructive advice, you will benefit from an objective party's viewpoint on the situation. You can talk to a professional for really effective advice - either a career counselor or a psychologist or a veteran in the industry. Professional talk therapy can be remarkably effective in helping you see and shed bad habits or thinking patterns and resume a positive direction in your life. Alternatively, a friend or family member who will not provide unwarranted criticism and impose their own needs can be an effective sounding board. Ideally, try to a mentor who will be a good sounding board as well as a source of wisdom and strength. Creative Endeavours Does your job leaving you feeling bored and unfulfilled? It may be your creative impulses that are not being stimulated. Oftentimes, taking up a creative endeavour can do wonders to channel your negative vibes and giving you a sense of fulfillment and centredness. Writing in a journal, writing fiction, drawing, baking, experimenting with cooking techniques, decorating, arts and crafts for the home, are all means to channel and challenge your creative impulse. Remember, the goal is not to replicate Rembrandt or Wagner, you are merely venting artistic energy and trying to make the art that makes you happy.

Hobbies Take up a hobby that will add a new dimension to your life and allow you to feel a sense of accomplishment and joy quite distinct from your professional life. Find something you really enjoy or have always wanted to do or learn. Remember, you are never too old to start something new. There are many many options for hobbies to pursue and you are bound to find at least one that interests you and slogistically feasible. Make the time to pursue your hobby and make sure your hobby makes you happy and fulfilled. Holidays Needless to say, a holiday does wonders for your emotional health. While most of us would love an exotic getaway to our location of choice, holidays need not entail a suitcase, an airline ticket and a huge expenditure. After a really stressful month, checking into that delightful 5 star hotel down the road for the weekend may take all the energy and time you can muster and may be just as effective!

Stress-busting holidays the Bayt team have noticed nearby include very cost-effective yoga weeks in exotic rural locations in Asia, roughing it in shacks on the riverbanks in Thailand and desert treks where you can camp among the dunes and experience a different face of nature. In addition there is the usual assortment of sinfully delicious European spas which are not too far to enjoy and are almost guaranteed to make you come back as sharp, shapely and polished as a gem.

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