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Reducing Your Stress

Updated on April 10, 2011

Are you stressed to the Maximus?

If you are anything like me, you are living under a big ole pile of stress ~ financial worries, work stress, personal life stress, and whatever else decides to come your way. Too much stress can cause health problems. I get stomachaches and migraines just thinking about certain issues. And feeling bad makes you less productive and will only cause you more stress.

It is not easy to reduce stress. Your body reacts to the endorphins caused by stress and you feel alive as you are running around in a state of frenzy and having extreme emotional reactions. You snap at others and express your frustrations in all kinds of inappropriate ways. These behaviors are habits you have developed to deal with your stress and any and every time you get stress you fall into these habits.  Since many of the reactions to stress are negative and self-harming, we all need to learn better ways of managing our stress. 

Tips for Managing Stress

Here are a few tips of productive ways to deal with stress that may increase your health:

  • Take a walk around the block. When you feel your stress level rise, take a brief break from the situation and just get up and move. Exercise and Yoga are great ways to reduce your stress.  When you get moving, you will feel a whole lot better.
  • Let go. Know that you can’t control and do everything to perfection. It is hard, but everyone has to learn to let some things go. Tell your credit card company you just can’t pay them this month. Stop worrying and give yourself permission to let go.
  • Laugh. Sometimes laughing in the middle of a stressful situation can relieve some tension and make you feel instantly better.
  • Listen to music. Listening to your favorite song can have the same impact as the laughing and can be something you could easily do at your desk at work for a few minutes to calm yourself.
  • Give yourself permission to feel unstressed. Staying stressed out all the time does not mean your problems will disappear. Relaxing will not make your problems go away. So, relaxing a little will not make your problems get worse. Give yourself permission to feel unstressed.
  • Unburden yourself. Talk to Someone. Find a good friend and willing listener to talk about what stresses you out so that you may give each other mutual support. Not everyone is a good listener. Some people can’t handling talking about anything stressful. Find someone who can listen. Or write down your fears in a journal or in some poetry.
  • Ask for help. You might not want to ask for help. People might not have helped you in the past. Keep asking for help. Someone might surprise you and step up to give you a helping hand.

What stresses you out will probably not go away any time soon. You will still have money problems or relationship issues or work pressures. However, you can learn to manage your stress in order to save your health and enjoy a better quality of life. It is something you have got to work at in order to achieve, but it is certainly worth the effort. Good luck to you in managing your stress.


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    • truthfornow profile image

      truthfornow 6 years ago from New Orleans, LA

      Thanks for reading and commenting jenny_leigh

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      Jenny_Leigh 6 years ago from Pennsylvania

      I think I need to share this hub with my boyfriend! He is always SO stressed out, it's unbelievable. Like you, he also gets migraines from being stressed out. He doesn't get stomachaches like you do, but he says his "stomach's turning"...meaning he gets nauseous. Anyway, you are sooo right that stress can effect your body. I hope you have been able to become less stressed out.

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      d.william 6 years ago from Somewhere in the south

      good article with good insight and advice. You said : sometimes laughing in the middle of a stressful situation can relieve some tension...

      I did that once in a really tense situation while working in a hospital. Boy, did i piss off a lot of people, who thought i was just being callous and uncaring. So i did not do that again.