Top Ten Ways to Lower Stress

Stressed businesswomanFrom the ongoing, regular stress that comes from living in our high-impact culture to specific life events that knock us for a loop, the impact of stress accumulates. Recognizing our stress “hot spots” is a critical first step to reducing stress. The following are daily ways to help you maintain balance or get back to well being following a particularly stressful period.

1. Do something physical. Exercise, walk, and play a game, dance, weed/garden.

2. Breathe. Deeply. Especially when you find yourself irritable or angry.Women running in field

3. Retreat. Find a place—your bedroom, a park bench, and your car—where you can be quiet and restful. Go there when you need to.

4. Watch what you eat. Don’t over/under eat; drink water; eat fruits and veggies. Take it easy on the sugar, caffeine, fatty foods and alcohol.

5. Get it out. Talk to trusted friends or a counselor. Write in a journal. Pound a pillow.

Woman on farm6. Say no. Take care of yourself first or you’ll have no well to draw from when helping others.

7. Smile/laugh. Force it at first, if necessary. It’s impossible to stay negative or burdened with a grin on your face.

8. Change. Shift locations, activities, and jobs, people you’re with, beliefs. 

9. Relax. Take a bath, nap or shower. Sit in the sun/shade. Get a massage. Do nothing. 

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10. Have fun. Don’t forget to take time to play, be creative, and do things that nourish your soul.

Author’s content used under license, © 2008 Claire Communications

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