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Enjoyable Ways To Manage Stress

Updated on January 10, 2017
Stop and smell the flowers
Stop and smell the flowers

Stress Management

Stress. Unfortunately, is often a big part of our lives we cannot avoid, no matter what we do. Many people experience stress in one way or another, stress can arise from many different things. A job that is full of tension, strained relationships, drowning in financial problems, loneliness, crowds of people, and even traffic jams can cause a great deal of stress. Stress will often cause anxiety for some people.

Many people handle stress extremely well. While others may be more negatively influenced by it. Long term stress often occurs when the situation that causes that anxiety is not alleviated in some way. Prolonged stress can cause a variety illnesses.

Stress And Anxiety Related Illness

  • Fatigue
  • Headache
  • Heartburn
  • Indigestion
  • Insomnia
  • Hair Loss

More Serious Illnesses Related To Stress

  • Acidosis
  • Backaches
  • Cancer
  • Crohn’s Disease
  • Depression
  • Diarrhea
  • Hypertension

Not everyone handles their stress in constructive ways. Your body can handle some stress normally, but eventually it must be dealt with in some manner. There are many different ways to deal with stress. Choose ones that best fit your needs. The following is a suggested list only. The suggestions are not a cure for stress, just tips to help you relieve stress and anxiety.

Physical activity or exercise of some kind will help clear your mind and keep stress under better control. Try taking a nature walk or a long bike ride to sooth your mind. Perhaps playing basketball or baseball with the kids or neighbors will work off some of that built up stress. Swimming is a great stress reliever. Any type of physical exercise can help get your stress levels down. If it is possible, work at getting into a regular routine that gives you a daily benefit.

Meditation and breathing exercises are excellent ways to deal with stress. Meditation is fairly simple and it doesn't cost anything. Learning Yoga and stretching are also ways excellent ways to get anxiety and stress to a minimum. Bring you inner peace and relaxation.

Sleep is essential. If you have serious problems with sleeping, you may need to check in with your doctor. Regular exercise can often times help with sleep. It is a good idea not to exercise to close to bedtime. Keep your caffeine and alcohol levels to a low minimum. If you are pumped up on caffeine or alcohol you may have trouble sleeping. Make bedtime a comfortable routine, no tv, or loud noises at bedtime. Go to bed at regular times if you can.

Keep a journal, write down what is stressing you out. What gets your goat up. How you spent your day. This can give you a wider picture of where your stress is coming from. Keep up with your hobbies. Watch a good movie, read a book, play with your pet. It's best not to dwell on your stress. Try to make some time for yourself and enjoy what you are doing. By concentrating on yourself at the moment.

If you cannot deal with your stress, and it just keeps building up, it may be the time to consider seeing a professional. Your doctor or perhaps a therapist. Talking to someone about your problems, anxiety and stress can greatly reduce your suffering. It is possible a temporary medication is needed, or just having the professional support will help you get through the rough times you may be experiencing.

Swim your stress away
Swim your stress away

Perhaps a Change

Sometimes those of us that are stressed out need to make changes to eliminate what stresses us out beyond our limits. Maybe you are in a bad relationship that is causing you pain. Making a change may bring some of that stress to an end. Some of us live in remote areas or in a large city. This can cause quite a bit of stress if you don't want to be there. So perhaps making a decision to move to a location you desire more would reel in some of that stress.

Learning to think in a more positive way can accomplish a lot. Write down some affirmations you like and tape them in your view and repeat them to yourself. Make yourself say them, until you believe them. They have the power to guide you out of negativity.

There really is no simple answer to relieving stress. Work and more work, on how you are going to deal with it is the way to fight your way out of it. Be conscious of what bothers you, pay attention to your triggers and stick to your stress relievers. Make them part of your daily routine. Make them as important as brushing your teeth when you wake up. You deserve peace of mind.

If you have a medical emergency

Please call your local emergency number, or contact a medical professional for advice.


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    • Kristen Howe profile image

      Kristen Howe 2 years ago from Northeast Ohio

      You're welcome Boo. Good for you for walking to deal with stress.

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      Boo McCourt 2 years ago from Washington MI

      Thank you Kristen. I am getting better at handling stress. I walk and am finding that is a huge help.

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      Kristen Howe 2 years ago from Northeast Ohio

      Boo, great tips on how to deal with stress and feel better afterwards. Very useful for everyday life. Voted up!

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      Boo McCourt 6 years ago from Washington MI

      Thank you elija_god, your comment is appreciated greatly.

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      elija_god 6 years ago from Abuja, Nigeria

      Thanks for that hub,well written hub!

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      Boo McCourt 6 years ago from Washington MI

      After my cat Ethel died (18) 2 months ago I started walking because I couldn't sleep. I would wake up at odd hours and start walking. Couldn't go very far at first b/c of a back injury but now walk about 45 minutes and lost 20 pounds, I also started jumping on the mini trampoline for about 10 minutes a day. As far as motivation I just needed to stop crying, and then I liked losing weight, so you're right about that. Making it a habit is the major key.

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      schoolgirlforreal 6 years ago

      Very valid points and the more one exercises and gets into the habit...well the better they just needs motivation and sometimes encouragement.