Fight Stress With These Tips

Stress Management Techniques


A good lifestyle choice that impacts one aspect of your life and health will oftentimes also affect another.  Exercise happens to be among the very best methods of reducing stress. Stress makes your body build up extra energy, getting it ready for fight or flight. Exercise spends energy and brings down your stress levels. It also metabolizes stress hormones in your blood and steps-up levels of your body's built-in anti-anxiety hormones, allowing you feel more tranquil. Exercise may make you more efficient and energetic, and make you feel less swamped by the stresses you do face. For instance, just walking on a regular basis can increase the level of beta-endorphins and brain-derived neuro-trophic components (both groups are neuro-transmitters or hormones that assist the body in feeling pleasure or increase memory) in the brain, to lessen anxiety and tension and raise one's mood. Additionally, all exercise—and particularly aerobic exercise—helps deviate energy from worrying and anxiety.

Other good stress reducers are relaxation methods, bio-feedback, prayer (group or individual), and imaging. You could have already instinctively recognized these would be beneficial, and perhaps already practicing some of them. If not, give it at least one a try. Combining programs like yoga that involve both stretching and mind relaxation can be especially effective in alleviating emotional and physical tensions. One simple process is visualization. Close your eyes, relax your muscles, and think of yourself being some place far away from the chaos around you. Picture yourself on a beach or in a mountain meadow, sense the warmth of the sun on your skin, and allow your muscles to feel soft and heavy. Relax into them. Breathe deep. Feel the tension scatter away. Another unconventional way is to scrunch up every muscle in your face as hard as you can, making your face really contorted. Focus on scrunching up your face really hard. Count to ten and then gradually release every muscle of your face. This can be an effective way to center your attention and then relieve tension.

A healthy diet and a steady schedule also help bring down stress levels. Our favorite food vices—salt, sugar and caffeine—could literally bring up our stress levels. So can cigarette smoking, excessive alcohol consumption, and not getting a enough sleep. Even when you think that you don't have time for a full night's sleep, you'll be much more productive if you are comfortably rested. You will also be more able to assume a positive attitude, so the tasks and problems you face that day will not stress you as much.

Interestingly enough, one thing that causes a lot of people stress isn't the situation they're in, but the amount of control they have over that situation, particularly when they have numerous demands on their time. If you are feeling stressed by something that's happening to you, try to find out what you could do to allow yourself to be more in control. Figure out how can you make the situation work for you, rather than being controlled by everybody else's needs? When at work, be more proactive in specifying your responsibilities. When the boss sings to you only when something fails, make a habit of often telling him or her what you have done correctly. It could change the tone of your interactions and make your job feel less stressful.

Job choice impacts the control you have over what you do any given day. Thus your choice of job and what you do at that job can bear upon stress and your perception of stress. And if you believe you have several tasks at home, find out which ones are necessary and which ones aren't. Check if you can simplify your tasks. You may also explain your frustrations to your family and request them to pitch in.