Stress Relief: Five Essential Tips

Written by Beth Marlin Lichter
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Stress is a built-in component of daily life. Health problems, financial crises and relationship challenges, are just a few of the issues which continually require personal fortitude. When a pipe bursts while getting ready for work, or your child spills something nasty on the rug, if you are already piled high with anxiety and worries, overload occurs. Consider the following five ways of combating and managing stress:

1. Are you getting enough sleep? Anything under six hours is considered insufficient to get through a demanding day. Is it possible to get into bed an hour earlier with a book or magazine to help focus, relax and get ready for sleep? How about a nap at lunchtime? A couch, a car, any place quiet will do. Half an hour of rest can work wonders.
2. Exercise can improve health overall, which includes providing a way to release built-up stress. Certainly a few minutes of vigorous walking, twice a day, is doable. Walk some stairs or take a turn around the block. Going to the gym a couple of times a week, even if it’s only for a short period of time would be beneficial. Try to incorporate some sort of exercise, whether it’s a sport you enjoy or an exercise dvd, into your life on a regular basis.
3. Practice deep breathing. Yoga classes are an excellent way to learn breathing techniques for relaxation. Meditation also calms, focuses and clears the mind, temporarily easing stress and rebalancing the psyche.
4. Get out more. Make dates with friends who are supportive and enjoyable companions. Go listen to music or enjoy a funny movie. Laughter is great medicine.
5. Make a list of all the positive things in your life. Change your attitude. Is your glass half-empty or half-full? Focus on it being half-full and remember that each day is a fresh start, an opportunity for growth. The mind is a powerful tool.

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