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Effective Ways to Control Stress
Work, kids, church, deadlines, problems, finances, car problems, relationship problems... and the list goes on and on. Trying to keep up with the hustle bustle of our daily lives will sometimes leave us emotionally bankrupt, on edge, drained - wiped out! There are some ways and techniques we can use to effectively manage the stress built up in our lives. Simple modifications in little things like posture, habits and our thoughts may go a long way toward reducing those feelings of stress and tension. Here are several things you can do immediately to help you cope with stress.
Control Your Anger
The next time you become annoyed or angry at something trivial and unimportant, make a conscious choice not be become angry or upset. Don't waste precious time, thought and energy where it isn't warranted. Effective anger management is a definite stress reducer.
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Take slow and deep breaths. Before reacting to the next situation, take three deep breaths and release them slowly. If you have more time, try to meditate.
Whenever you feel overwhelmed, slow your talking speed down. You will probably think more clearly and react more reasonably. When you are stressed, your adrenaline kicks in and your talking speeds up. By slowing your speech down, you will appear to be more in control of the situation.
Avoid Hunger and Dehydration
Drink plenty of water and eat nutritious snacks. Hunger can provoke aggressiveness that you're not even aware of. I get cranky when I'm hungry and so do many others.
Complete an Item on Your To Do List
Choose one simple thing you have been putting off and do it immediately. It could be anything from returning a phone call to making a doctor's appointment. Just taking care of a responsibility that's been hanging over your head may improve your attitude.
Get Some Fresh Air
There is a healing power in fresh air. Don't let bad weather deter you. Five minutes on a balcony or terrace can rejuvenate you. Taking a quick walk around the block can clear your mind for more rationale thinking. Fresh air can do wonders.
Check Your Posture
Hold your head and shoulders upright and avoide slumping. Bad posture leads to muscle tension, pain and increased stress.
End of Day Recharge
Have a special reward planned for the end of your day. It could be a relaxing bath. I enjoy reading a couple chapters of my current novel. It helps me unwind. Put aside any housekeeping or family concerns for just a brief moment before bedtime and allow yourself this "me" time. Don't spend this time planning for tomorrow's schedule or doing chores--this is "me" time. Do you! You'll be much better prepared to face another stressful day.