Stress relief will help you think more clearly and boost all the activities of your daily life. Stress management is the key to living a happy healthy existence.
Benefits of Stress Relief
- More Fun
- Life Will Become Easier
- Less Headaches
- Lower Blood Pressure
- Less Illnesses
- You Will Think Clearly Again
So you have decided to learn how to manage your stress. Well if so this is a great decision for you and the benefits will pay off in a very short amount of time. When you get your stress under control your body will think you physically and mentally. When you are under heavy stress you put an extra amount of physical strain on your body and over time it has accumulated effects. This can lead to a number of illness including high blood pressure, insomnia, headaches, muscle tension, foggy thoughts, low energy, and more.
Stress isn’t an illness in itself but a symptom of how you handle the things that life throws your way. It is completely managable and in most cases can be eliminated from your life completely with a few lifestyle changes and having the right attitude.
Tips & Advice to Help You Relieve Stress
- Take A Walk
- Listen To Music
- Hot Bath
- Then Laugh Some More
- Breathing Exercises
- Stop Your Anxiety
There are so many ways to relieve stress and for each of us there are different ways that are more effective than others. You can use any of my suggestions here or come up with your own combination of things that work for you. Each person is an individual case and some things may work better for you than others. The main thing to understand is that stress can be managed or eliminated from your life completely, no matter how much you have or how long you have had it.
After having stress for a few years it will have an accumulated effect on you and start causing more health issues the longer you have it. Everyone has stress in some form or another whether its test anxiety, money problems, health issues, work related, or family there are many forms of stress that can take hold in your life. Now what exactly is stress? Stress is the extra worry and tension you apply to things happening in your life right now or in the future. You have a strong mind and you can solve complex problems that come across in your day to day life. This is great in most cases, but in the modern world with all of the high speed data and fast paced lifestyles your body can get overwhelmed and start accumulating stress. You have natural chemicals the your body produces to help in the combat of stress and anxiety, but the problem is there is a limited supply and the constant pounding of stressors will deplete these chemicals in no time leaving your body open to deal with the negative effects of stress on its own.
You can boost your bodies natural ability to handle stress with a good diet and a regular exercise program. These are two very effective ways to lower stress in the long term and keep it down forever. When you eat healthy and get in shape your body will have an easier time handling the daily activities you do. This in turn will save you more energy for thinking and at the end of the day you will have enough extra energy to get things done that you wouldn’t have been normally able to do, thus eliminating some of your stress right here. Also, when you do a regular exercise your body releases endorphins that fight away the feelings of stress and replace them with a calming euphoric feeling. Dieting consists of eating more vegetables, fruits, lean meat, nuts, juices, good carbs, and good fats. Things to avoid are caffeine, sugars, candy, cakes, bad carbs, bad fats, processed foods, junk food, fast food, and most anything with ingredients in it that you can’t understand.
Meditation is another very effective technique to relieve stress. The great thing about meditation is that it has a more immediate effect and if practiced daily can lead to a very calm and peaceful lifestyle. It’s very simple and doesn’t cost any money to do. All you need is a way to listen to meditation music via any media source, a quiet place to sit, and patience. Start out by sitting in a comfortable chair and closing your eyes while listening to your music. Guided meditations are also great you can do a search on the internet and find several good ones for free. Sit in your comfortable position for as long as possible relaxing your muscles in the different parts of your body. Try to clear you mind as much as possible and just think of pleasant thoughts or things you love. Also focus on your breathing and take deep 7 second breaths in and 10 second breaths out. Once you start out meditating it may seem like you aren’t making much progress but after a few tries it will take your relaxation deeper. You can play something relaxing such as rain forest sounds or just simply play your favorite band. The main thing is if you are using music to help you relax you play something that is going to calm you down and not have you bouncing.
Another great stress relief is to take a simple walk in the park or down your street. You don’t need anything for this just walk outside and start heading any direction. You can do this for 5 minutes or an hour if you like. While walking take the time to enjoy the beautiful day and smell the fresh air while your out. This one is a double benefit as well, because you are burning calories while you are relaxing so you get the benefit from both.
Some other suggestions for you would be a hot bath with maybe some calming salts or bubble bath, watching a comedy movie, cleaning or organizing your home and car, drawing, writing, reading or visit your library, afternoon naps, play with an animal, volunteer work, yoga, a game, play a musical instrument, or anything else that can get you lost from the real world and keep your mind cleared for as long as possible.
If you practice relaxing on a daily basis you will feel the effects accumulating and you will undo all those years of stress your body has built up.
**Note** I am going to recomend some over the counter things you can buy to help reduce stress. These should be researched and taken with caution as they may have side effects or interfere with medications. Always ask your doctor before making major changes to your diet or before starting out on a herbal home remedy for stress.
Ok now for some things you can use to help with stress that others have found very useful both in short and long term.
- ST. John’s Wort – This one is very effective I have used it myself. You can buy a month supply from your local grocery or vitamin store usually for under $5 and it works as a mild antidepressant.
- Licorice Root
- Passion flower
- Kava Kava
- Black Tea