You have probably felt some kind of stress or frustration lately. We all get stressed more often than we should. The great news is that there are many techniques available to you to keep that stress at manageable levels. Some of the best tips are gathered below for you to use.
Set aside a little time today to plan and prepare for what you intend to do tomorrow. You’ll be surprised by how much stress this can relieve! Little things, like making your lunch or setting out your clothes in advance, can help the next day run more smoothly, thereby greatly decreasing your cumulative stress.
Think about the feelings you get when you are calm if you feel stressed. Try imagining yourself as a scoop of melting ice cream under the hot sun, or lying in a hot bath while your stresses wash down the drain. Another trick is to close your eyes, breathe deeply and think of a calm scene. A calm scene might involve sitting on the beach or walking in a flowery meadow.
Rate your stress level on a scale from 1-10. If at one on the scale there means only minor problems, a ten then indictaes major problems. This will really help you not stress over minor things.
Daily life produces different emotions such as fear or anxiety. Try to choose narrowly descriptive labels for what you are experiencing rather than labeling all uncomfortable feelings as stress. Using words such as uncomfortable or restless can help you understand that what you are describing as stress may be produced by a variety of different situations in life. Consider that if you tell yourself you are stressed all the time, you will be that much more stressed. Vocalization of your feelings will only reinforce them further.
One weapon in your stress-fighting arsenal might be music. Music has the ability to affect us in various ways. It has been proven through recent studies that simply listening to music can help calm us. Everyone likes different genres of music, so make sure to listen to what calms you down.
Single out your main sources of tension, and find ways to minimize or eliminate your exposure to it. For instance, if you have a friend who continually creates unwanted stress and drama in your life, find ways to distance yourself from that relationship. You can improve your health and attitude towards life by eliminating sources that cause harmful stress.
Gardening can be a great stress reducer. If you own your home, you can dig a garden wherever you want!
Make certain you tell those closest to you that the stress you are feeling isn’t because of them. Surrounding family members often feel responsible for contributing to your stress, most especially children. The stress you hold is your issue, and it’s important to not transfer it to those close to you.
Stand next to a wall, place both hands flat on it, and then push against it as hard as you can. You will be able to feel the stretch of your hamstring and it will take your mind off your problems, thus helping to relieve your stress.
Try going out to a romantic dinner if you are dating someone. You can just focus on your loved one and the time you have with them, rather than worrying about your problems.
By now, you know that there are many effective tools and resources available to you as you learn to love life again. You now have an education in stress management.