Sunday, March 1, 2009

10 Ways to Reduce Stress

By:Sharon Reid

Finding ways to reduce stress is important as most of us lead busy lives that tend to get busier as we get older. If we’re not careful this can lead to feeling overwhelmed and can cause physical and mental symptoms such as high blood pressure, nervousness, depression and so on.
Learning to deal with stress could save your life. Maybe some of these tips will help to lower the stress in your life.

  • 1. Simplify Things The best way to do something is usually the simplest way. Don’t choose a longer, more complicated route when going the easier route will produce the same results. Making life less complicated will reduce your stress.

  • 2. Exercise Getting the body moving is a good way to relieve stress. Doesn’t need to be complicated, just go for a brisk 20 minute walk. Do it regularly and you’ll maintain good physical health as well.

  • 3. Meditation and Prayer Take the time to just be alone and self reflect. Sit in a quiet spot, let your mind relax and let the stress just drift away. If you find it easier said than done there are many good meditation products that you can listen to on your iPod.

  • 4. Massage Getting a massage can relieve stress. All you have to do is lie on your back, and let someone else do the work for a change.

  • 5. Sleep Assuming the stress is not so bad that it’s causing insomnia, sleep is one of the best ways to fight stress. Everything always seems worse when fighting exhaustion as well. If stress is causing insomnia you’ll have to reduce stress using other techniques and then start good sleeping habits.

  • 6. Deep Breathing Taking deep, slow breaths helps relieve stress within the body. Just take a few quiet moments, take a couple of deep breaths and refocus.

  • 7. Writing Start writing, don’t think - just write about what is stressing you. Because stress is mostly mental getting it off your mind and onto a page can be helpful.

  • 8. Soothing Music Just listening to music with slow rhythms and relaxing sounds, can quickly put you into a more relaxed state of mind.

  • 9. Friends Take time to be with your friends. Have a drink, have a laugh! Doing this tends to put the stress into its proper perspective.

  • 10. Pets Is there anything more relaxing than patting and cuddling your dog, or cat? They listen, don’t judge, and ask for nothing in return. Studies have shown that people who have pets tend to live longer and are more independent than those who don’t.
    My hope is that these 10 ways to reduce stress are helpful in keeping your stress under control. Keep doing them and your health, both physical and mental, will be better for it.

    About Author
    Sharon Reid is creating a self improvement website for those wanting to create abundance in their lives. Visit her website here

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