Most people planning to work from home are generally under the impression that working from home ensures a stress free life. They attribute this to the fact that they no longer will have to work under an irritating Boss, an unhappy working environment, unpleasant office politics and also the agony of commuting long distances.
Learning to deal with stress could save your life. Maybe some of these tips will help to lower the stress in your life.
Yoga has been used for health benefits for more than 5000 years. Yoga involves stretching through different poses and controlled breathing. It is known to have a positive effect psychologically and reduce stress. The best thing about yoga is you can do it almost anywhere. You can get a DVD for beginners or join a class at the gym.
Getting the body moving is a good way to relieve stress. Doesn't need to be complicated, just go for a brisk 20 minute walk. Do it regularly and you'll maintain good physical health as well.
Meditation and Prayer
Take the time to just be alone and self reflect. Sit in a quiet spot, let your mind relax and let the stress just drift away. If you find it easier said than done there are many good meditation products that you can listen to on your iPod.
Getting a massage can relieve stress. All you have to do is lie on your back, and let someone else do the work for a change.
Exercise benefits both physical and mental health. It includes cardiovascular training, strength training and stretching. When we exercise, our body releases chemicals called endorphins. These are also called happy chemicals, since these naturally make us feel good.
Taking deep, slow breaths helps relieve stress within the body. Just take a few quiet moments, take a couple of deep breaths and refocus.
Start writing, don't think - just write about what is stressing you. Because stress is mostly mental getting it off your mind and onto a page can be helpful.
Just listening to music with slow rhythms and relaxing sounds, can quickly put you into a more relaxed state of mind.
Take time to be with your friends. Have a drink, have a laugh! Doing this tends to put the stress into its proper perspective. Here are 3 tips to help you begin to reduce the amount of stress in your life.
Reduce the amount of advertising and negative media that you allow in your life. It always take effort to change the habit of listening to the radio or sitting in front of the tv. Don’t eliminate the entertainment, just the news and commercials! Switch to an MP3 player for your music source, watch DVDs or Video Tapes instead of sitcoms, or get yourself a Personal Video Recorder and fast forward through commercials!
Make a list of things you are proud of, people you love, fun times you have had in the past. When you are feeling stressed, go through the list and take the time to visualize those people, places and things and notice how it changes the way you feel.
Use self hypnosis recordings to empower yourself and tap the resources of your unconscious mind. Hypnosis is deeply relaxing and allows your body to rest and repair while providing a positive experience.
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- Guest 8 years ago
Sure... working from home sounds like a dream, but just you wait until those deadlines start closing in on you :-) I've been a Internet free-lancer for over 5 years now, and one of the greatest hurdles I've had to overcome was indeed stress!
Strangely though, I was only aware of my problem after taking this anxiety quiz. The worst thing about this kind of job is how people often don't realize how anxious they are, until they notice they're always on the edge and screaming at friends and family members for interrupting their work.
Anyway... This is all good advice! I've tried several of those methods over the years, and I can attest to the notion that natural stress management is indeed possible. Personally, I've achieved great results by doing regular exercise and a bit of meditation. My advice to people suffering from this problem is... try everything until you find something that works for you.