In the two prior posts, we looked at all the dangers of chronic stress and using kind words to diffuse the effects of stress. What other tools can you try to reduce the stress in your life?
The Mayo Clinic has an entire section concerning stress management on their website. These 10 ways to reduce stress are not the only methods available, but suggest a starting point for you. You’ll need to “mix and match” the different suggestions, to find out what works for you when stress appears.
10 ways to relieve your stress are:
- Don’t be a push-over, assert yourself;
- Learn how to meditate;
- Listening or playing music;
- Do some physical activity;
- Socially connect with others;
- Laughter helps;
- Try yoga;
- Write in a journal;
- Improve the quality and quantity of your sleep; and
- Don’t be afraid to seek professional counseling.
You know what’s great about these methods? Most of them will cost you nothing. Yes, you’ll be able to keep your wallet in your pocket. Your budget is no excuse for not trying these suggestions.
The Bottom Line: Since you’ll never be able to lead a “stress-free” life, it’s your responsibility to build your toolkit for dealing with stress. Your overall health and sense of well-being depend on stress management. Life is too precious to lose even one minute, to the havoc of stress. If you don’t want to do it for yourself, do for the people you love.
How are you going to handle stress today?
It’s your life, live well.