Our culture tends to view stress as negative. That isn’t necessarily the case.
Stress is unavoidable and for generations, pushed people to achieve things beyond what anyone thought possible.
It isn’t stress by itself that causes major life problems. It’s the amount of it. Unfortunately, everyone experiences levels of stress they find hard to manage at times.
If that’s you right now, here are some things you can do.
Simplify Your Schedule
One major cause of stress is a schedule that’s too full. Busyness can reduce anyone to a frazzled mess.
First, look for things you can easily cut out of your life for a while.
Are you a news hound? There’s nothing wrong with staying informed but much of the news out there details the greatest tragedies of others.
You can only handle so much. Consider backing away for a while. This will give you added time and the chance to dwell on happier things.
Are you consumed with social media and staying connected? Consider taking a break (unless this is an effective stress-management technique for you).
Also, say no to those who request your time if you can get away with it. If you can’t say no, maybe it’s time to leave a career that could literally be killing you. Do what it takes to regain control of your life.
Simplifying your schedule is key. With the many ways to destress your life, there’s just one problem. If you’re too busy to practice any of them, they’re not going to help you too much.
Get In Or Near Water
Water has a natural calming effect. Grab a blanket and lay near a dam, ocean or waterfall. Breathe deep and listen as you relax and forget about your stress.
Think outside the box with this one. There are places where everyone swims. Why not sit in or swim in a river, creek or lake off the beaten path? Bring along goggles and a snorkel and do some exploring if you want.
If you prefer to stay inside or can’t get out due to the weather, take a warm bubble bath, long shower, sit in a hot tub or pool. Also, consider purchasing a small fountain to keep in your home or office.
Research Stress-Relief Tactics
Talk to your coworkers, family, friends, neighbors and search the web for ideas. Try out ones that interest you until you find something that works.
There are literally thousands of stress-relief techniques. That’s a good thing, too, since we’re all different.
Some people find skydiving or rappelling from steep mountain cliffs a remarkable form of stress relief. Others would become way more stressed than they already are doing activities like that!
Try these activities and more:
- Ride a Bike
- Take a power nap
- Spend time with your best friend
- Create something (a story, painting, drawing, sculpture or craft)
- Make a list of 20 (or more) positive things about your life
- Get a massage
The opportunities to destress your life are endless. Half the fun is trying new things. Lower your stress and improve the quality of your life now! Schedule your appointment online using our online scheduling tool, call us at (949) 220-3211, or text us.