It's true the proper amount of stress helps to keep us stay at the top of our game.
If none of us cared whether or not we succeeded at work, made a good impression on a new friend, or learned to do something new, we’d never be motivated to move outside our comfort zone. A little stress can help to make us the individuals that we are.
It’s true a little stress can be a great motivator, but, too much stress can make us sick in both body and spirit. If you’re being subjected to too much stress, try these quick and simple stress relief techniques and see if they don’t help.
Quick And Simple Stress Relief Tip #1: Cut Back On Your Alcohol
It’s quite alright to have a glass of wine or a beer in the evenings. Most research suggests that it might even be good for you—but don’t drink to the point of intoxication. It may temporarily ease the stress you’re feeling, but since alcohol is a depressant, you’ll only feel worse in the long run. And if you thought your boss was hard to handle before, just imagine what he’ll be like when you’re nursing a hangover. There is no good reason to drink to excess.
Quick And Simple Stress Relief Tip #2: Exercise Regularly
So you’ve had a long hard day at work. A good workout on a treadmill or an aerobics class may be the last thing you want to do. Before you retreat to your easy chair, however, remember that exercise is a great way to blow off steam if you’ve had a tough day. Exercise also floods the brain with neurotransmitters that increase your sense of well being. Most of us are stressed over how we look, the size and shape of our bodies. The simple act of having a regular exercise program can alleviate this source of tension which relieves some stress.
Quick And Simple Stress Relief Tip #3: Take Time To Do The Things You Love
Maybe you like to read. When is the last time you set down and truly relaxed and read something just for the fun of it, like you used to do? I bet you haven’t made a trip to the library or the local bookstore in ages? Maybe you love your pet but you hardly ever have time to enjoy your pet? Whatever you love to do, whether it’s watching television, playing computer games, writing in a journal, or taking a long walk on a beautiful trail, do your best to make time for it. Participating in activities you love is part of what makes life worth living. So try harder to make your life worth living.
Quick And Simple Stress Relief Tip #4: Keeping a Brag Book
It’s human nature for us to remember the negatives instead of the positives. For example, I’ll bet you can recite almost verbatim the last criticism your boss gave you. I’ll bet again you can’t remember the last compliment you received? When someone says something nice to you, even if it’s admiring an outfit you hate or complimenting you on losing weight when you’ve actually gained ten pounds, take a moment to write it down. From now on when someone says something complimentary to you right in your brag book. Then whenever you’re feeling stressed, you can go back to your book and read all the wonderful things about yourself. It really works.
Quick And Simple Stress Relief Tip #3: Take Time To Smell The Flowers
Even if sniffing roses isn’t your thing, however, the spirit of the advice is correct. An old cliché reminds us to “take time to smell the flowers.” Sometimes in this rush, rush, rush world we live so much in our heads that we all but forget about our bodies until some ache or pain reminds us. Take some time to enjoy a soak in a tub of hot water, a soothing massage, savor a delicious meal, turn off all the lights, light a candle and watch it flicker, enjoy the aroma, or appreciate the feel of your dog’s furry ears under your fingers. It’s amazing just how relaxing a place your body can be when you choose to inhabit it fully.
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