- Mental Health
Relieving Stress To Live
8 Stress Relieving Tips For Wellness
April has been designated as Stress Month. I see every month as being "stress month", so here are some things you can do to relieve stress all year long. To relieve stress begins with making some changes in your life. We all hate change because that moves us from our comfort zone, which can be stressful. Her are some tips that if you try a few you'll change is not so stressful after all.
- Brighten up your home – If you are tried of the rooms in your home, have you ever considered giving them a mini makeover? Rearranging furniture, changing your décor, or giving the walls a fresh coat of paint to give you something new to look at. Redecorating allows you to focus your mind on a project separate from stressful issue, and creativity does wonders for your self-esteem.
- Slow down and enjoy your meals – Try not to skip or gobble down meals. Take a moment and actually chew your food. Try chewing your food 26 times so your taste buds let you know how the food taste.This will help you avoid a serious case of indigestion, that slows down the digestion process which can lead to other unpleasant conditions such as constipation.Take the time to sit down and enjoy regular meals during the day.
- Enjoy the outdoors – Now that it's spring and you've been coup out indoors all winter a breath of fresh air will do yuo a world of good. Make the effort to go outside and fill your lungs with fresh air. Take a nice walk and enjoy the scenery and sounds of the outside world. This is a fantastic way to clear your mind and organize your thoughts.
- Breath and stretch – Take the time to stretch your body at different points during the day, and remember to breathe deeply every once in a while. Stretching and breathing is the best stress reliever for the whole body, especially your lungs. It is our shallow breathing that puts stress on respiratory system. Give your lungs a good work-out by deep breathing. This also helps to release tension from your body and will keep you more alert and less irritable.
- Take breaks – Everyone needs breaks. Don’t skip them to get a head start on other work. Take this time to relax and do something you enjoy. Treat yourself to warm baths, a cup of hot tea or a Reflexology session.Wear comfortable clothing – Whenever you can, wear clothing that is loose fitting and soft. Wear comfortable shoes that allow your feet to move and breathe. Try closing your eyes for 5 minutes to recharge your body. It is the second best thing to taking a nap.
- Express and embrace your feelings – Don’t bottle up your emotions. You should experience emotions regardless if they are negative or positive. You should also express the way you feel to others, and find ways to release pent up emotions. Great methods include singing and writing. Let it all out and you will feel good when you release those pent up emotions that in the end can destroy you mentally, physically and emotionally. Now that is real stress you want to avoid.
- Make time to do something that is special to you – You owe it to yourself. You spend time doing for others and fail to do for self. This is a real stressor. Do you have a hobby you really enjoy (reading, dancing, swimming, traveling, board games etc.)? When you engage in activities you like, you are comfortable and happy.Remember to put your name on your appointment book and keep that appointment with yourself. Do not cancel it because it just might save your life.
- Take care of your body – You only get one original body.Eat well, exercise, stay well hydrated, and be sure to get a good night sleep.In taking care of your body begins with how you see your body. Is your body a temple or a warehouse? If it is a warehouse clean it out so you can release the stress.
When you putting together your stress relief program understand this "You are what you THINK". Change your thoughts to release the stress. Try using a combination of different stress relief methods and avoid using only one. The more ways you can implement rest, fun relaxation, enjoyment and positive thinking into your lifestyle, the less stress will have a hold on your life. Take the step today to kick stress to the curb.