How To Relieve Stress

Posted: March 28, 2013 in TIPS

Stress. We all deal with it. Whether it be our jobs, family life, drama with friends, a relationship problem, or finances, stress is there. While a little stress is probably good for you, it’s the excess that does the harm. But there are ways of relieving it or destressing.

Quick Relief

  1. Breathe

  2. Smile

  3. Visualize

  4. Exercise

  5. Organize


  1. Stop shallow breathingTake a deep breath, as an immediate defense against stress. If you can get in the habit of realizing your stress level rising — and then always taking a nice, deep breath every time you feel stress beginning to take hold, you’ll have won half the battle just by preventing it from taking over. Don’t just sigh; that is too often a sign of quitting or shirking a task.

  2. Create the habit of deep breaths: Why — if you can get in the automatic reaction/habit of pausing and taking nice, deep breaths every time you feel stress beginning to take hold, you’ll have won half the battle just by preventing stress from taking over.

  3. Visualize and communicate your vision. Whether you talk to a friend or talk to yourself, getting concerns off your mind will help a lot. If you don’t feel like talking about it, write it down. Keep a journal and write down whatever it is that’s bothering you. Writing is a therapy of its own.

  4. LAUGH Rediscover your sense of humor by making fun of your situation and allowing others to laugh without anger or disputing. View it from your future self’s perspective, telling this story to a bunch of your friends over pizza and soda. Laughter, whether it’s yours or someone else’s, is the best medicine–and it’s contagious!

    • Crack some jokes.
    • Do your goofiest impression.
    • Tickle a child that you love.
  5. GET FIT. Perhaps your health and appearance are stressing you out, but even if they’re not an issue, being physically fit can directly help relieve stress, which exists on both a mental and a physical level. Sometimes there’s nothing like a long run, an intense yoga session, or a fresh swim after a stressful day to help you feel relaxed and stress-free again. Also, exercise releases endorphins; a feel good hormone. Chocolate releases endorphins as well (just only in moderation)!

  6. BE ORGANIZED For the most part, stress arises from feeling overwhelmed. Use a planner to keep track of your “TO DO’S”. There’s just too much to do, and not enough time to do it. Being organized and getting your priorities straight can help you break responsibilities down into manageable pieces and focus on the things that really matter to you, rather than getting caught up in details and creating extra work for yourself–all of which leads to more stress.

  7. Soothe the senses. Light a scented candle that has a calming fragrance like lavender. Listen to your favorite, most relaxing music or, better yet, go somewhere that you can listen to wind rustle through trees or waves crash on the beach. Enjoy the scenery, whether you’re outdoors or viewing an art exhibit. Drink some warm tea or taste–really taste–some dark chocolate. Treat yourself by getting a massage or, if you want to be alone, take a bath (bubbles are recommended).

  8. Be aware of your choices; you always have a choice.

  9. Learn to say no; you cannot do everything you are asked.

  10. Learn how to delegate.

  11. Be Thankful. It does wonders for your state of mind.

  12. If you need to apologize to someone, and it will not make the situation worse, find a way to do so. More importantly, learn to forgive, particularly to forgive yourself. Guilt adds pain to stress.

  13. Do Nothing That’s right, folks, do nothing at all. Close the door, open the window, have a seat, and take a little break from life. If your mind is racing, learn to meditate and just let that stress go.

  14. Listen to music. Listening to music does wonders and is a great way to relieve stress, if it is not something that will make you feel worse. Listen to good songs that get you in a happy mood; and just forget about your problem. Music is known to be a significant mood-changer and reliever of stress. Ocean sounds tend to simulate calmness and serenity so, listening to a sound machine while lying down could help.

  15. Get a drink of water. If you’re dehydrated that can lead to headaches, which just adds to the stress. So relax and get a cup of water.

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