Stress Management Techniques

Stress Management Techniques

There are a lot of factors that affect your health negatively. The psychological ones are as important as the physical ones. You should definitely not ignore the presence of stress in your life. The chronic anxiety and the inability to relax may lead to heart conditions as well as to increase your chances of having stomach ulcers.

That is why you need to find the most effective methods in which to deal with the problem. There are a number of ways to relax your mind and your body that are effective as well as easy to adopt. You can pick one or use all of them and you will feel the benefits in no time.

You will be surprised to find out that playing with your children is one of the most effective ways to get rid of stress. Generally, enjoying any kind of game relaxes your mind and makes you feel more positive, which in turn leads to positive thinking. Furthermore, spending more time with your loved ones gives you the motivation to go on and be more productive in whatever you are doing. Now there are simple ways of letting going of anxiety and depression with some simple exercises.

1)         When you feel yourself getting stressed out breathe. Take a deep breath in and let it out slowly. Repeat until you feel your heart rate slow down and your anxiety fade.

2)         Systematically let go of the stress in each part of your body. Imagine your head muscles relaxing, then your neck, then your shoulders and so on. Take your time and really focus on relaxing each muscle group.

3)         Eliminate caffeinated beverages from your daily routine. They simply make you feel jittery and more nervous.

4)         Take a 15-30 minute shower or bath, if you can. Play some mellow music and just let your thoughts drift away.

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5)         Stop fighting your thoughts. The more you fight them, the more you keep them in mind. Allow yourself to have a negative thought than say to yourself ‘cancel cancel’.

6)         Spend time imagining your life the way you truly want it. Allow yourself to feel what you would feel if it was perfect. Add as much detail as possible from sight and sounds to even smell if you can manage it.

7)         Take a relaxation class, meditation class or yoga. Surround yourself with others who are just as intent on relaxing.

8)         If you get stressed out at work, take a bathroom break. Just go sit in the stall and take a second to get focused and grounded again. Almost no one will stop you from taking a potty break, so this is a great way to take a minute for yourself without it being considered personal time.

9)         Send love and approval to everyone you encounter, especially the ones that seem to go out of their way to press your buttons. Hating them does nothing to them but I guarantee that it does not help your stress levels. So do yourself a favor and allow yourself to feel loving toward them. Separate the person from their actions and realize that they probably have problems just like you do and are simply not handling it well.

10)       Make a daily list of the positive things that happen to you in your life, even if it is as minor as finding a great parking space. Go over this list at the end of the week and realize how much good you actually do have in your life. As a friend of mine always says, ‘Positive attracts positive’. When you focus on the good things that happen to you throughout the day more good things will naturally come to you.

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Taking care of your very own garden has been proven to be totally relaxing. You can opt for container gardening if you live in an apartment or if your house does not have a back yard. You can plant anything from vegetables and herbs to flowers depending on your preferences. The time you take to care for the plants as well as watching them grow will help to relax you and aid you in beating stress.

Getting a spa treatment is one of the best ways for relaxation. You can devote one hour every day to a nice massage and to a refreshing sauna experience. There are also some innovative treatments that include aromatherapy and even covering your body with melted chocolate. These tend to be even more effective. As a result, your entire body and all the muscles in it will be more relaxed, plus you will clear your mind from all the negative thoughts.

Practicing yoga and meditation is voted as one of the best methods for beating stress. You do not have to sign up for a class even though it is recommended for beginners. In any case, you will get a wide range of benefits. The ancient yoga techniques provide for the relaxation and for the healing of the body, the mind, and the soul at the same time.

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