The ideas in this post are intended to help you identify your daily stressors, and see them as challenges instead of obstacles.
Look below to discover powerful self-care practices that are known to zap stress in the bud. Try each one on for size, and choose those that resonate with you. Just know, all can restore physical, mental, and emotional energy lost to stress.
1. Identify your stressors. Learn what triggers tension, anxiety, and unease. Do you agonize about family or personal relationship issues, stew about work related dissatisfaction or job insecurity, feel frantic about a lack of money or debt, or suffer from poor self-image or low self-esteem?
When you practice noticing how often your default setting is negativity and worst case scenario, you're taking the first step in replacing this habit, with more effective coping skills.
Stressed in America, a post from the Psychological Association of America's Website describes long-term stress more fully, so read it to learn details.
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a. Sit comfortably or recline. Next, place one hand on your stomach and place your other hand over your heart.
b. Inhale slowly until you feel your stomach rise. Hold your breath for a moment.
c. Exhale slowly. Feel your stomach fall. Repeat until you feel calm and more relaxed.
7. Enjoy regular exercise. Walking, especially in a natural setting, is an easy, economical way to reduce stress.
If you prefer, take part in a sport solo or with family or friends. Do any activity that you like including bike riding, yoga, hiking, baseball, tennis, or ballroom dancing. When you do something you find interesting or fun, it can make the time fly by and rev up your engine as well.
When your body, mind, or spirit feels uptight, stretch at your desk, or climb a flight of stairs instead of eating that donut. Research from the Anxiety & Depression Association of America shows that exercise is considered vital for maintaining mental fitness and reducing stress. Exercise reduces fatigue, improves alertness and concentration, and can be especially helpful when stress has depleted your energy or ability to concentrate.
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