Stressed out? If so, you're not alone. Stress is the most common cause of illness and disease in our society, underlying anywhere from 75 to 90% of all doctors' visits.
But stress management involves making changes. Are you up for that?
Whether you change your lifestyle, habits, thoughts, feelings, circumstances or reactions to circumstances, in order to reduce stress you must make changes.
Stress Management Tips
Focus on making changes in the following areas:
Attitude: The same stressful circumstances affect people differently because of attitude. A more positive attitude can greatly reduce the amount of stress you feel.
Nutrition: A deficient diet weakens your immune system and brain function, causing you to be more susceptible to disease, depression and poor decisions.
Exercise: Lack of physical activity is stressful. Exercise produces endorphins contributing to less depression and an overall feeling of wellbeing.
Support: Most people need someone they can rely on during hard times. An absence of support makes stressful situations much more difficult.
Relaxation: Interesting projects, hobbies or other means of fun, rest and relaxation are good outlets for stress and can help in handling stressful situations.
Your willingness to make the necessary above changes will determine your success in reducing stress – no matter what the circumstances.
Causes of Stress
The main stress causes from outside circumstances are:
- Death of spouse, child or other loved one
- Health crisis – illness or injury
- Divorce, marital problems or separation
- Jail term or accusation of criminal activity
- Money problems – lack or debt
- Marriage or marital reconciliation
- Fired from job or retirement
- Victim of crime or self-abuse
- Pregnancy and birth of new baby
- Physical changes – puberty or menopause
- Moving to new home or location
- Hostile home or work environment
- Increase in responsibility – independence or new job
Stress Relief Tips
Here are actions you can take to gain more self-control over stress:
- Be grateful for the good things in your life.
- Refocus thinking to a more positive point of view.
- Start a program of daily physical activity.
- Take a break, slow down and have more fun.
- Eliminate junk food and eat a healthier diet.
- Reach out, get support and interact socially.
- Use meditation, yoga or other relaxation techniques.
- Make time for personal interests and hobbies.
- Get plenty of rest, relaxation and sleep.
- Let it go. What difference will it make 10 years from now?
Stress Management Bottom Line
If you follow these stress management tips and guidelines, stress can become an insignificant part of your life. As the Serenity Prayer recommends, change the things you can change, accept those you cannot change and learn to tell the difference.
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