15 Tips for Stress Management
Stress is something that you need to deal with every day of your life. Here are some useful and doable tips on stress management:
Prayers can move mountains. If you feel that your world is falling apart and you need someone who can listen to you, go talk to the One who is not only going to listen but is going to comfort you and give you peace which transcends all understanding. Let me share this Bible verse: “Is anyone of you suffering? Let him pray.”
Laughter is the best medicine. Read a funny book, watch a comedy film or a funny TV sitcom. Find jokes and laugh heartily. You can not be stressed and laugh at the same time. Laugh for your sanity, laugh for your health. Laughter is a powerful antidote to stress, pain, and conflict. You can depend on a good laugh to bring your mind and body back into balance.
3. Sing and Dance.
Mark Twain said, “Sing like no one’s listening, love like you’ve never been hurt, dance like nobody’s watching, and live like its heaven on earth.” Dance and sing like you don’t have a care in the world and your stress will evaporate. Dance to the tune of “I Will Survive”.
4. Listen to inspirational songs.
If you are stressed, please don’t listen to ballads about losing the one you love or about being so alone or that life is unfair. It will drive you to the edge. Listen to such songs as “What A Wonderful World”, “You Raise Me Up”, “I Believe I Can Fly”, or “Amazing Grace”.
5. Get some fresh air.
Step outside for some fresh air. Don’t sulk in one corner of your room. If possible, take a short walk. If you are really stressed out, plan to spend a day with nature. The fresh air and the green surroundings can clear your mind and improve your mood.
6. Color your world.
Instead of wearing black to express the darkness of your world, reach for a colored shirt. Red promotes energy and happiness. Orange renews your interest in life. It frees you from feelings of self-pity and lack of self worth. Yellow gives you mental clarity and promotes your ability to rationalize and reason. Green promotes balance. It gives you a feeling of comfort, relaxation and calmness.
7. Light up.
Brighten your world with colored and scented candles. Find scents that can ease your stress and you can enjoy at the same time. If you are depressed, anxious and angry, scents such as jasmine, lavender, chamomile, frankincense, sandalwood, rose, and ylang-ylang can help diminish your apprehensions. Many scented candles combine fragrances for more stress-busting power.
8. Be a cheerful giver.
It’s better to give than to receive. It feels great to be able to give. According to the law of the universe, you will get back whatever you give out… give love and receive love, give time and you get more time, give money and you get more money. Oscar Wilde said, “To give and not expect return, that is what lies at the heart of love.”
9. Try something new.
The boredom of doing the same thing day in and day out can really stress you out. Don’t get caught in that daily grind. Break out of the rut by trying something new… even if it is only taking a different route to work. Get a different haircut, color your hair red! (Haha…two things could happen here… either you eliminate stress or make it worse).
10. Forget perfection!
Nothing is perfect means nothing is perfect… so stop trying so hard to be perfect. In this world, no one expects you to be. The only one who expects perfection from you is you. Don’t push too hard… give yourself time and with determination you may yet achieve near-perfection.
11. Empty your mind with free writing.
Pour out your anxieties and worries by writing them all out. Let your thoughts roam free by writing whatever comes to mind. It’s like talking to your shrink (except that this is free)… just ramble on and on. Get those stress-causing emotions out. Scream in paper… write in CAPITALS!
12. Make some time for fun.
Don’t take yourself too seriously. Play with your pets or if you have little kids, play with them. Getting into the world of little children is a great de-stressing activity. If you’re married, fool around with your spouse (that is, if your spouse is not your stressor).
13. Avoid Stressors.
Steer clear of that toxic friend or neighbor who has a negative outlook in life. Stop watching TV soaps. Pass up on the evening news. Don’t burden yourself with problems that you can’t do anything about.
14. Check your self-talk.
There is such a thing as the power of I AM. What comes after your “I am” can bless or curse your future. “I am a loser, I am unlucky, I am ugly, I am broke, I am sick.” You are openly cursing your future by declaring these words now. Change your self-talk! “I am a winner, I am blessed, I am beautiful, I am rich, I am healthy!” Winnings, blessings, beauty, wealth and health will come looking for you and will manifest in your life sooner than you expect.
15. Be grateful.
The blessings that we prayed so much for can be taken for granted after some time. “Whatever we are grateful for, the universe will give us more.”
A depressed man came to his pastor one day and complained that his life was over and that there was no reason for him to go on. The pastor gave him a paper and pen to list the good things in his life worth living for but he said he cannot think of anything good in his life.
Pastor (taking paper and pen): I’ll do this for you. I’m sorry you lost your job.
Man: Oh, Pastor, I did not lose my job. In fact I have a good job which I really love doing.
Pastor (writing on paper): Have good job… I’m sorry your house burned to the ground.
Man: Huh? Pastor, my house did not burn down. I have a beautiful house where my wife and I live.
Pastor (writing): Beautiful house… Then, I am sorry you lost your wife.
Man (getting irritated): Pastor! My wife is with me. I love her and she loves me. Where are you getting all these?
Pastor (writing down): Have a loving wife…
Then the man understood what the pastor was doing, took the paper and pen and started writing on his own.
Count your blessings and be grateful!