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8 Ways to Deal with Stress
8 Ways to Deal With Stress By The Stress Relief Guy
In these challenging times, being able to escape from the bad news and economic peril is more important than ever. Nothing is more important than taking care of yourself and focusing on the things that money can’t buy. That’s why stress cannot be allowed to consume you, strip you of your passion and deprive you of your health.
Stress is inevitable. Anything that happens to us, whether it be "good" or "bad" causes our bodies to react. That reaction is stress. Stress is the result of our evolution. Stress thickens the blood, increases the heart and activates the production of key hormones that help us to fight or flee from the situation.
Although it is impossible to eliminate stress permanently, we can learn to manage our stress and prevent it from becoming chronic (ongoing). At its worst, chronic stress will kill you. If you don't manage it, chronic stress can result in the following:
- Canker sores
- Chest pain
- Decrease in sex drive
- Headaches or migraines
- Heart problems
- High blood pressure
- Irritable Bowel Syndrome
- Lower immune system
- Muscle tension
- Skin conditions such as eczema, psoriasis, rashes, or hives
- Tooth and gum disease
- Tension in joints
- Weight gain or loss
Some estimates say that up to 90% of all doctor visits are caused by stress-related issues.
Right now, the economy is stressing lots of people out. The stress created by the uncertainty of what tomorrow will bring and where the next paycheck will come from can be debilitating is left unmanaged. The more stress eats away at you, the less "useful" you become. It makes you a liability rather than an asset. Learn to deal with the stress and you can name your price in gold.
Additionally, holidays can be extremely stressful. The stress might be caused by the aggravation caused by lots of snow, or dealing with drivers, or working extra hours to be able to afford gifts.
Stress might be created from dealing with family members, classmates, clients, tenants or co-workers that you really don't like. The more you focus on them, the more power they have over you.
To help manage your stress levels, consider these suggestions.
1. Exercise. Get on a tread mill or Elliptical machine and get your heart pumping. Cardio-related activities get the heart rate up and help to release pent-up stress. It also helps you to focus. In addition, do some weight-bearing activities. Pick up a dumbbell, do some push ups. Also, stretch frequently.
2. Breathe. Deep breathing increases you body's oxygen levels and helps regulate stress. Try breathing in through your nose filling your lungs completely. Hold it for about 7 seconds and release through your mouth slowly. Do this a few times throughout the day and you'll notice your stress levels go down and your ability to deal with the situation go up.
3. Get massages regularly. A deep-tissue massage can release stress that has accumulated throughout your muscular system. Add in light touch massage and you help the body release natural pain killers. Just spending time with someone who will listen to you while they massage you for an hour or two is deeply therapeutic and ultimately healing (for both you and the massage practitioner).
4. Learn to say NO. The holidays, job demands, family obligations and life in general can pull you in multiple directions. Instead of trying to make everyone happy, realize that your sanity is more important. So if someone asks you to do something or to attend an event or to make a donation or whatever, smile and thank them for the offer. Then kindly say no. Then excuse yourself from the conversation and walk away.
5. Make time for yourself. We love our spouses, partners, kids, friends and family. That does not mandate that you be connected to them at the hip all the time. Just scheduling time where you can be alone or do something just for you can make your stress level more bearable.
6. Live in the present. Don't dwell on the past. Whatever you've done or someone did to you is history. And tomorrow can only happen if you do something today. Now, this moment, is what matters. And it is special. Cherish this moment and live in it completely. Let your senses experience the world around you. Live without regret.
7. Turn off the news. How many times do you need to be reminded of how bad the economy is? You get the point quickly enough without having to be bombarded by the nays ayers and gloom and doom merchants repeating the same factoids over and over again. So, turn off the TV, the radio, the Internet site and focus on what you do have.
You are so blessed, despite the challenges thrown in your direction. Now is not the time to sulk. Now is the time to get extraordinarily good at your job, or take the plunge and do something new.
8. Keep holiday, anniversary purchases and birthday purchase to a minimum. Remember that few of us really need more stuff! While you're at it shop online. Malls are full of stressed people. Your body picks up that stress and often internalizes it. If you have to shop, pick a time that is slower. Also, if you must purchase stuff, get it now. Procrastination is a huge stress inducer and totally avoidable.
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