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Tips for Reducing Stress in Your Life

by Mary Calvagna, MS

Stress--we've all felt it at one time or another. But many people feel stress

often; some even feel it as a part of their daily lives. Stress has been

implicated as a possible cause of--or at least exacerbating some of the

symptoms of--numerous conditions, including coronary artery disease, stroke,

immune disorders, gastrointestinal problems such as irritable bowel syndrome

and inflammatory bowel disease, eating problems, diabetes, sleep

disturbances, and sexual reproduction dysfunction. Learning to reduce your

stress levels can help you live happier, healthier, and maybe even longer.

The National Mental Health Association offers the following tips for

reducing or controlling stress:

Be realistic. Don't take on everything; learn to say no. Set realistic goals

for yourself. If you are feeling overwhelmed, try eliminating an activity

that is not absolutely necessary. Ask yourself, "What really needs to be

done? Is the deadline realistic?" No one is perfect, so do not expect

perfection from yourself or others. And ask for help if you need it.

Meditate. It only takes about 10-20 minutes to get a benefit from

meditating. These few moments of quiet reflection may bring relief from

stress as well as increase your tolerance to it. And it is simple to do: sit

quietly, listen to peaceful music, relax, and try and think of pleasant

things or think of nothing.

Visualize. Take a moment to picture how you can manage a stressful situation

more calmly and successfully. This can work with just about anything,

whether it is an important presentation at work or moving to a new place or

taking an exam. A visual rehearsal can boost self-confidence and help you

have a more positive attitude toward a difficult task.

Take one thing at a time. When you start to feel overwhelmed, try taking one

task at a time. Make a list of things you need to do. Put the most urgent

task at the top. Once you have accomplished it, cross it off and move on to

the next one. The positive feeling of crossing things off can help keep you

motivated.

Exercise. Regular exercise is a great way to reduce stress, and it benefits

the body as well as the mind. Just 20-30 minutes of physical activity a day

can do the trick.

Get involved in hobbies. Take a break from the stressors of life and do

something you really enjoy. Try gardening, painting, or reading. Schedule

time to indulge your interests.

Practice a healthful lifestyle. Eating healthfully will make a difference.

Avoiding things like smoking, excessive alcohol, and caffeine will help as

well. Make sure you get adequate rest and exercise, and that you balance

work and play.

Share your feelings. Talking about things can help you feel better. A

conversation with someone can help you relax. And listening to someone else

can take the focus off of yourself--something we all need to do every now and

then. Stay in touch with your family and friends; don't try to cope alone.

Give in occasionally. You don't always have to be right. Be flexible. Be

willing to compromise. If you do, others may meet you halfway. If you know

you are right, stand your ground. But be calm and rational. And listen and

make allowances for other's opinions.

Go easy with criticism. When you expect too much from yourself or others,

you may end up feeling frustrated, let down, and disappointed. Remember that

each person is unique and everyone, including yourself, has shortcomings.

But each person also has many beautiful qualities to share with the world.

From India, Coimbatore
Here is a good book - The Control of Your Life, a complete Guide to Stress Relief. ISBN 0-87857-757-2 Hardcover, Authors - Sharon Faelten, a senior editor with Prevention Magazine Health Books, has been writing about health and fitness for ten years.
This complete book of stress selief tells you how to handle every kind of stress - from coping with the infuriation of being stuck behind a slow driver to accepting and living through the sorrow of losing a loved one.
However, in any person's life bad things sometimes happen. Things that can not be changed. Things that have to be lived through.
Be happy, like John.
John

From China, Shanghai
Pardon me - typed relief as selief, sorry
Here is a good book - The Control of Your Life, a complete Guide to Stress Relief. ISBN 0-87857-757-2 Hardcover, Authors - Sharon Faelten, a senior editor with Prevention Magazine Health Books, has been writing about health and fitness for ten years.
This complete book of stress relief tells you how to handle every kind of stress - from coping with the infuriation of being stuck behind a slow driver to accepting and living through the sorrow of losing a loved one.
However, in any person's life bad things sometimes happen. Things that can not be changed. Things that have to be lived through.
Be happy, like John.
John

From China, Shanghai
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