Stress Management Tips for Managing Stress
By Remez Sasson
Stress consumes your time and energy and weakens your immune system. It causes restlessness, unhappiness, impatience and anger. It can harm your life, ambitions, relationships and health. There is no doubt that it would be much better to live without it.
There are various methods to reduce, control and manage stress. Some stress management techniques may suit some people, and other techniques may suit other people.
In my opinion, one of the best methods for stress management is meditation. It creates a calming effect on the body, nerves and blood pressure, reduces restlessness, and brings peace of mind, detachment and equanimity.
In order to experience the benefits of meditation, you have to meditate everyday. The problem is that not everyone has the discipline, willpower and desire to meditate, even when realizing the benefits of meditation.
Since this is a short article, I don't intend to analyze the reasons for stress, neither describe the techniques for stress management. I only want to suggest a few simple tips to help you reduce stress.
It is not always possible to eliminate the reasons for the stress, but it is possible to act and behave in certain ways that can reduce it. You cannot always control the conditions of your life and circumstances, but you can learn to choose not to be influenced by them too much.
The following tips for stress management serve as first aid against stress. They will not prevent it altogether, but they can reduce or alleviate it.
Tips for Stress Management
- When you feel stress is building up within you, if possible, stop what you are doing and take a short walk.
- When stressed, drink some water or sweet juice.
- When under stress, take a few slow deep breaths.
- Eat some food you like, because food calms down restlessness and nervousness.
- Listen to melodious, relaxing music or songs.
- Do something that you like doing.
- Watch a funny movie or program.
- Repeat relaxing affirmations (positive statements) for a few minutes, aloud or silently, such as:
"My mind is getting calm."
"I am relaxed and happy."
"I can meet any situation with calmness and inner strength."
"Everything is going to turn out great."
"I feel how my body, feelings and mind are getting calmer.
- Think, and persuade yourself about the futility of stress, and how much it is better to live without it.
- Do not to allow other people's opinions, words and actions affect you. You can do so, if you keep trying. You can develop this ability by learning emotional detachment.
- Exercise your body regularly in any kind of sport.
You Can Manage Stress
Learning to manage stress requires some effort and time on your part, but the rewards are great. Follow the tips, and remember that the more peaceful your mind becomes, the less stress you experience. The more inner peace you possess, the less anxiety, stress and fear you experience.