The life in today's world is increasingly challenging with more and more demands of professional and family life resulting into excess stress. Stress is basically a physical reaction and it starts when a person feels vulnerable or besieged. Stress and anxiety can emanate from many events such as divorce, losing a job, troublesome kids, long queues, petty arguments, preparing for exams, commuting a hectic distance on a daily basis and other such relatively small irritations.
Below are tips for reducing stress and managing the stresses in every day life.
1. Breathe Deeply - Inhale deeply through your nose. Pull the air all the way down, deep into the lungs. Hold the breath for a count of six. Exhale slowly through the mouth to the count of six. Do this for several minutes. Be careful not to hyperventilate. If dizzy or light-headedness occur, begin breathing naturally.
2. Express Feelings and Thoughts - Call a friend. Join a group. Join a community on the Internet. If you feel these avenues are not helping talk to your doctor, seek out a counselor. Use all resources after through work, church and community. If seeing a counselor is something you're fearful of, consider getting a pet. Pets listen very well.
3. Make Time for Relaxation and Fun - Find an activity that makes you feel good. It may be dancing, listening to music, walking along the beach, prayer, hiking in the mountains, working in the garden, taking photographs, watching birds, going to the movies, golfing, swimming, visiting museums. Make a list of activities that give you joy. Break them down into time segments of 2-5 minutes, 5-20 minutes, 30 minutes to ½ day and ½ day or longer. List the activities that give you joy under these time segments. Do at least three of them everyday. Most people think they have to do big things, such as vacations of whole days away from work or home to relieve stress. Not so, small activities that give you joy are the best stress busters.
4. Exercise - Try something new, like swimming. Begin a walking program. Do some form of exercise that interests you. Make sure to consult your physician beforehand.
5. Laugh - Laughter is a great way to relieve stress. If you find something funny, have a good belly laugh. Watch funny movies. Read funny stories.
6. Learn Happy Talk - Humor your stress.
7. Get Rid of Negative - Take a hard look at the circle or environment you're standing in. People who are negative and prone to "moods" spread negativity to others. Learn to say no to negativity and remove yourself from it whenever possible.
8. Write - Write out your complaints or troubles. Writing is no substitute for professional help but it does allow you to vent your feelings and frustrations. By writing with pen in hand or at the keyboard, you may discover an insight or solution to whatever is frustrating or bothering you.
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