- Mental Health
The Best Stress Techniques
Tips For Stress Management
I think we can all agree that we all lead busy, stressful lives. Some of us are better with dealing with stress than others. For those of you (like me) that are not good at dealing with stress, here are some tips and techniques I use to relieve stress.
1. Set a life mantra- A life mantra can be a phrase, saying, or even just a word that helps you focus on what is really important to you. My personal life mantra is “Everything that I “have” to do is just necessary for me to get to do the things I “want” to do.” Everyone’s life mantra will be different and personal to them, and what is important to them. I find saying this in my head when I am in a stressful situation takes more pressure off what is happening and refocuses my attention to what is “really” important in my life.
2. Use meditation, breathing techniques, or whatever technique works for you- I personally use two different stress techniques/meditation techniques, whichever you would like to call them to try and free my mind and relieve stress. The first meditation technique I use is one that I learned in a stress management class (ironic, I know). This meditation technique is all about focus. You first lie down on your back whether in your bed, on the floor, or anywhere else and pick out a noise that you hear around you. Turn off the lights and just listen to the sound. Allow yourself to focus on the noise and only the noise, tune out everything else happening around you and just breathe. I find this technique to be very beneficial when I feel like my mind is going nonstop.
The other stress technique I used was one that I learned from my mother. I use this technique before I go to sleep since I have a hard time relaxing. You lie on your bed and get in a comfortable position. Then you focus on relaxing each body part one body part at a time. I focus on the body part until I feel it is the most relaxed it can be, then I move onto the next.
These are just a few stress techniques that I use that I find very helpful. For different people, different techniques may be more beneficial. I hope this helps some of you that have trouble dealing with the demands and obligations of everyday life, just like me. It would be nice if we could all just go on vacation, but since we know that may not be in the cards, this may just be the next best thing for a little less stress in our lives.