Way to Reduce, Prevent and Cope with Stress
Stress is unavoidable. The responsibilities of life will weigh on you from time to time. But it’s knowing how to deal that you will keep you from “stressed out”.
Beyond a take-charge approach and a positive attitude, you can reduce stress and its effects in your life by nurturing yourself. If you regularly make time for fun and relaxation, you’ll be in a better place to handle life’s stressors when they inevitably come.
Healthy ways to relax and recharge:
*Go for a walk
*Spend time in nature
*Call a good friend
*Sweat out tension with a good workout
*Write in a journal
*Take a long bath
*Light scented candles
*Savor a warm cup of coffee or tea
*Play with a pet
*Work in your garden
*Get a massage
*Curl up with a good book
*Listen to music
*Watch a comedy
Don’t get so caught up in the hustle and bustle of life that you forget to take care of your own needs. Nurturing yourself is a necessity, not a luxury!
*Set aside relaxation time. Include rest and relaxation in your daily schedule. Don’t allow other obligations to encroach. This is your time to take a break from all responsibilities and recharge your batteries.
*Connect with others. Spend time with positive people who enhance your life. A strong support system will buffer you from the negative effects of stress.
*Do something you enjoy every day. Make time for leisure activities that bring you joy, whether it be stargazing, playing the piano or working on your bike.
*Keep your sense of humor. This includes the ability to laugh at yourself. The act of laughing helps your body fight stress in a number of ways.