Renew Your Spirit Trough Stress- Relief.
Renew Your Spirit Trough Stress- Relief.
Spring is a time for rebirth and renew. It’s the perfect time to make changes in your life to reduce the level of stress you experience, improve your health, and make your life more enjoyable! Could your lifestyle be causing you undue stress?
We carry stress in our bodies, and hold it in our minds, so a stressful experience can stay with us and keep affecting us after the actual experience has ended. However, the best way to manage severe stress is to prevent it, or catch it while it’s still low stress and prevent it from becoming severe and chronic Managing stress in your daily life. There are many great stress-relieving exercises that can help you release both the tension from your body, and the stressful thoughts from your mind, making you more at peace and able to handle the stress that comes in each new day.
Here are a few stress-relieving practices.
• Watch Your Body – Before you experience ulcers, heart disease and other major health problems from stress, your body will experience milder forms of discomfort, such as headaches, stomach upset and poor sleep.
• Physical Activity– jogging, lifting weights, or even a short walk can improve mood and reduce feelings of stress by increasing endorphins, lowering cortisol levels, and providing many other benefits.
• Eat Well --A healthy diet gives you the energy to handle daily stress, and keeps your blood sugar levels stable so you don’t experience mood swings due to low blood sugar levels.
• Setting Boundaries – Being overscheduled and rushed can be a significant cause of stress. By prioritizing your commitments and saying no to some tasks can help you be more successful with what you find to be really important.
• Find Fun Distractions –Playing games, reading, watching movies and TV. can all help you get your mind off of what’s stressing you.
• Keep a Positive Perspective --Throughout the day, stop and evaluate the endless stream of thoughts that run through your mind. If they’re negative, try to reframe those thoughts in a positive way.
• Get a Massage: Massage can be a great way to relieve tension in your body, pamper yourself is an important but often-forgotten stress reliever.
• Take a Quiet Day: If you don’t have the money or time for a vacation, taking a quiet day is a great way to get a break.
• Laugh With Your Friends: Laughter has significant stress management and even health benefits.
• Read a Book: Getting lost in a good book can be a great way to relieve stress.
• Daydream: Give your mind a break and let it wander for a while. Imagine yourself swimming in a pool of chocolate, floating on the moon. You’ll feel less stressed in just a few minutes!
• Get A Hug From a Loved One: Remember when you were little and a hug from Mommy or Daddy would fix it all?
• Develop a Positive Self Talk Habit: We often don’t realize how much our thoughts color our world, but the impact of self talk is significant and pervasive.
• Eat To The Tune of Classical Music: Music can slow down your system and aid digestion.
• Cultivate Mindfulness Worrying about the future or rehashing the past can really drain you in ways that you may not readily realize. Practice the art of ‘being in the now.
• Stop Self Sabotage: Are you your own worst enemy? If you’re sabotaging your own happiness and sense of peace (either consciously or unconsciously), now’s the time to stop.
• Play With Your Pets (or Someone Else’s): Pets carry great stress management and health benefits. Whether you’re stroking a cat, tossing a Frisbee to a dog, or staring at the inhabitants of a fish tank.
• Artwork: Getting in touch with your creative side may have been easy for you during childhood, but if you’ve lost touch with your penchant for drawing.
• Visualize Your Ideal Life—And Make It Happen! Guided imagery, self- hypnosis and visualizations can help you to visualize where you’d like to be in life, and then BE there.
• Get Help If You Need It --If stress is affecting your ability to work or find pleasure in life, seek help from your doctor, mental health provider or other professional. There’s no need to let stress overwhelm your life, and there are many effective forms of help available.
As you develop these stress-relieving practices in your daily life, you should experience less stress, and be better able to handle the stress you do experience a lot better, leading to a happier, healthier life.