Stress is a normal, daily occurrence. Having said that, stress shouldn’t be a major problem in life. Do not let stress rule your life; put some effort and work into making it only a small part of your day. Use these tips to disarm stress.
Prepare the day and evening before for what you need for the next day. Taking even the smallest item off of your plate can help reduce your stress immediately. Lay your clothes out or make your lunch for the next day to reduce the responsibilities that are on your plate the next day.
Deep breathing and thought control can also relieve some tension. Try imagining yourself as a scoop of melting ice cream under the hot sun, or lying in a hot bath while your stresses wash down the drain. You can also try deep breathing techniques while closing your eyes and envisioning a peaceful scene, such as a spring meadow, the sun setting over the ocean, a snow-capped mountain range, or any other calming vista.
Don’t use the word “stress” so much. When you tell yourself that you’re starving all the time, your body will quickly decide that it must eat. The same concept is true when it comes to stress. If you repeatedly tell yourself that you are extremely stressed, your body will respond by allowing you to experience more stressful feelings. Instead, try refocusing your thoughts.
Music is a great stress reliever. It can have a very commanding effect on people. Studies have shown that listening to music will help calm people. Different people prefer different genres, so find your most effective melodic therapy and put it to work against the damaging, persistent stress in your life.
Making the effort to keep stress as a minor annoyance, instead of a major one, takes time. Tuck these tips away for a time when you’re experiencing stress, and then you’ll feel more in control of your feelings. Don’t let stress take over your life; use these tips to deal with it.
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