Stress Relief

What You Should Know About Stress

Stress is an unavoidable part of our life and certain amount of it is healthy, but too much stress can be harmful to both the body and the mind. There is no magic formula to prevent stress or its effects, there’s a lot you can do yourself to control its buildup and make it managable. To maintain healthy balance and recognizing when you are reaching your stress treshold are very important first steps.

Here are some tips to learn how to recognize signs of stress:

  • Feeling of rritability and agitation
  • Muscular tension in the neck and shoulders
  • Feeling of frustration
  • Tension in a back and/or stomach
  • General restlessness
  • Memory lapses
  • Clenched hands
  • Profuse sweating
  • Inability to concentrate or think clearly
  • Sleep disturbances

Learn how to avoid stressful situations:

  • Review your daily routine and plan your day.
  • Always include time for short breaks and exercises in your plan.
  • Focus on one task at a time – It will save you time, makes you more joyful and it is more relaxing in a long run.
  • Never try to do several things at once, because that forces the mind to dart back and forth among activities and creates enormous tension and stress
  • Try to express your feelings without anger. Don’t bottle them up.
  • Learn how to delegate work to others, so that they can assist you in future.
  • Learn to relax.
  • Try to avoid mental hardness, iron will, hard-heartedness, and inflexibility.
  • Use your own creative powers for personal growth and self-healing.
  • Find out what works best for you and stick with it.

Holiday Stress Relief

In an idealistic world, the holidays would be an impeccable parade of seasonal festivities, attractively wrapped presents and heart-warming visits from family and friends. For most of us, however, holiday realities are somewhat less than perfect and very often create more tension than good cheer. So when all the shopping, gift wrapping, cooking,after your visitors leave, and whole cleaning is done, you are usually feeling tired and temporarily burnout.

When life gets a little too demanding try these stress relief strategies:

  • Eat a healthy diet with wide selection of fruit and vegetables.
  • Try to relax with meditation or music.
  • Exercise that requires focusing (yoga, tai chi, pilates) helps you to reduce stress quickly.
  • Slip into a piping hot relaxing bath.
  • Replace destructive thought patterns with positive self-affirmations.
  • Choose loving, joyous thoughts to create a loving joyous time.
  • Take a breather with your favorite book or magazine.
  • Watch some relaxing movie.
  • Use herbal remedy, aromatherapy or other available natural products which promote relaxation and healthful sleep.
  • Have some quiet time and herbal tea before bedtime.

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