ArticlesManaging Your Stress
Stress Reduction and Management
The Effects of Stress
Stress Management tips from Don R. Powell,
Ph.D. of The American Institute for Preventive Medicine
Maintain a regular program of healthy eating, good health habits, and adequate sleep.
Exercise regularly. This promotes physical fitness as well as emotional well-being.
Balance work and play. All work and no play can make you feel stressed. Plan some time for hobbies and recreation. These activities relax your mind and are a good respite from life’s worries.
Help others. We concentrate on ourselves when we’re distressed.Sometimes helping others is the perfect remedy for whatever is troubling us.
Take a shower or bath with warm water. This will soothe and calm your nerves and relax your muscles.
Have a good cry. Tears of sadness, joy or grief can help cleanse the body of substances that accumulate under stress and also release a natural pain-relieving substance from the brain.
Laugh a lot. When events seem too overwhelming, keep a sense of humor. Laughter makes our muscles go limp and releases tension. It’s difficult to feel stress in the middle of a belly laugh. Learn to laugh as a relaxation technique. To help you laugh more, visit: http://www.yehuditkotler.com/
Learn acceptance. Sometimes a difficult problem is out of your control. When this happens, accept it until changes can be made. This is better than worrying and getting nowhere.
Talk out troubles. It sometimes helps to talk with a friend, relative or member of the clergy. Another person can help you see a problem from a different point of view.
Escape for a little while. When you feel you are getting nowhere with a problem, a temporary diversion can help. Going to a movie, reading a book, visiting a museum or taking a drive can help you get out of a rut. Temporarily leaving a difficult situation can help you develop new attitudes.
Reward yourself. Starting today, reward yourself with little things that make you feel good. Treat yourself to a bubble bath, buy the hard cover edition of a book, call an old friend long distance, buy a flower, picnic in the park during lunch time, try a new perfume or cologne or give yourself some “me” time.
Do relaxation exercises daily. Good ones include visualization (imagining a soothing, restful scene), deep muscle relaxation (tensing and relaxing muscle fibers), meditation and deep breathing.
Budget your time. Make a “to-do” list. Rank in priority your daily tasks. Avoid committing yourself to doing too much.
Develop and maintain a positive attitude. View changes as positive challenges, opportunities or blessings.
Rehearse for stressful events. Imagine yourself feeling calm and confident in an anticipated stressful situation. You will be able to relax more easily when the situation arises.
Modify your environment to get rid of or manage your exposure to things that cause stress.
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