Wouldn’t life be great if there were no such thing as stress? Well, believe it or not, we do need some stress in our lives. It’s when stress levels rise too high or are present all the time that stress becomes a problem. Integrating some of the following stress management techniques into your daily routine can help you maintain healthy stress levels and a more peaceful life.
Write down what is bothering you. Writing it down and seeing it on paper, will help to provide some perspective on what it is that is causing you stress. Divide your paper in half and on one side, list the stressors you can change and on the other side, list those that you can not change. Try to let go of the things you can’t change and try to fix the ones that you can change.
Get together with a bunch of friends and go and have some fun exercise outside in the fresh air. You can sweat out the toxins circulating in your body while you jog. Enjoy a quick run and burn off some stress.
Put worry time into your schedule. Some things do need immediate attention, but some stressors can wait until the time is more convienient. If something is bothering you, and it can wait, write it down, and when it becomes your time to worry, sit and worry about it and figure out how to fix it.
Limit the amount of alcohol that you drink during the course of the night when at the bar or club. When you consume alcohol, your stress levels will go up and you will become flustered quicker. Instead, drink soda or a fruit drink if you want to limit your stress.
Learn how to breath fully using your diaphragm. As practice, breath through your nose, and watch your belly increase in size. Hold the breath for a few seconds before releasing. These deep breaths fully oxygenate your blood, relaxing you quite quickly! In fact, it’s been found that the opposite, short breathes, can speed up your heart beat, tighten your muscles and increase your stress!
Ahhh…. Who doesn’t love a hot bath? Soaking in a bath is a great stress reliever. But, we don’t always have time for a hot bath. If you don’t have time for a bath, wash your face or even your hands with some hot water and imagine you are soaking your stresses away.
Monitor your stress. Stress that becomes excessive to the point where it takes a toll on your daily life can frequently lead to depression. To avoid getting to this point, try to eliminate as much stress from your life as possible. Learn to say ‘no’ to others, and be sure to surround yourself with positive people and things. Try to use humor as a coping skill, as research indicates that this helps to reduce stress.
Although it may seem incredibly silly, the very act of counting to ten slowly can really help you to clear your head and allow you to move past the stress. If you think that there is no way that this could help you out, you should give it a try.
One way to deal with stress is to take up yoga as a regular activity. This can be helpful because yoga combines fitness with meditation – both of which are ideal ways to cleanse your body of stress. Consider either getting a book or a video to help you with your yoga technique.
If you are not the kind of person who enjoys running than you can also consider some type of martial art. The act of hitting an object or other person in an appropriate context can really help to ease the desire to hit people in the absolute wrong situations in life.
In every person’s life, there needs to be some kind of balance. Living a balanced life is important for stress reduction. Doing too much of one thing, such as work is an easy way to become stressed. Instead of focusing on only one thing, allocate your time and energy to multiple areas.
Try giving whatever is bothering you a number on a scale from one to ten, where one is a minor bump and ten is the end of the world. You’ll probably find that most of your daily problems are no more than a five. In other words, they’re not worth getting upset about.
Plan a weekend with your friends to go to the casino and enjoy the pleasures of great dancing and gambling. All of the lights and glamour of the casinos will inject excitement into your day and put you in a great mood. Enjoy all of what a casino has to offer to feel uplifted.
Now you have learned a few new techniques to help you keep your stress levels to a manageable level. While no techniques are guaranteed, none of them do anything at all unless they are put into practice. Give these tips a try, work them in to your daily routine, and see how stress management can improve your life.