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1 Stress Relievers: 25 Ways to Reduce Stress on Thu Aug 16, 2012 10:21 pm

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We all experience stress from time to time. When stress gets to be too much, it can take a toll on our health and wellbeing. That's why effective stress relievers are essential in restoring inner peace and physical health. Here is a growing list of stress relievers that can help you feel less affected by stress in your life.

  1. Guided Imagery
    Practicing guided imagery is a fun and simple way to take a break

  2. Self-Hypnosis
  3. Autogenics
  4. Journaling
  5. Meditation
  6. PMR
  7. Yoga
Yoga incorporates breathing exercises, meditation, and light exercise.
One session brings initial stress relief, and continued practice brings
greater resilience to stress. It's one of the more potent stress
relievers.

  1. Breathing
    Breathing
    exercises provide convenient and simple stress relief in that they can
    be used anytime, anywhere, and they work quickly.
  2. Playing Games
    Enjoying
    a good game with a group of friends, or playing something relaxing
    online can take your mind off of your stressors, and can lead to a more
    relaxed state. Games are stress relievers that work well because people
    enjoy them enough to use them regularly.
  3. Sex
    Within
    a healthy relationship, sex can be a fantastic stress reliever, as it
    incorporates several other stress relief ingredients--breathing, touch,
    social connection, and a few others--and brings a rush of endorphins and
    other beneficial chemicals with orgasm. It's another one of the more
    "fun" stress relievers that can also be quite effective.
  4. Laughter
    The
    physical act of laughing releases tension and brings positive
    physiological changes. Finding ways to work more laughter into your day
    can be an effective route to stress relief.
  5. Biofeedback
    While
    biofeedback requires some special equipment, this stress relief
    technique can allow you to become more aware of and consciously alter
    the physiological changes that come with stress. By using your mind to
    relax your body, you can relax your mind to a greater degree as well,
    creating a positive feedback loop.
  6. Music Therapy
    Music
    can alter your physiology in ways that help you to relieve stress.
    It's an enjoyable, passive route to stress relief. Formal music therapy
    sessions can help with a variety of stress-related issues.
  7. Take a Walk
    Exercise
    is a fantastic stress reliever that can work in minutes. Taking a walk
    allows you to enjoy a change in scenery, which can get you into a
    different frame of mind, and brings the benefits of exercise as well.
    Learn about the other benefits of walking as a stress reliever.
  8. Plant a Garden
    Getting
    outside and enjoying the scenery is just one of the ways that gardening
    can contribute to stress relief. Read about the other stress reliever
    benefits of planting a garden.
  9. Time Management
    Honing
    your time management skills can allow you to minimize the stressors
    that you experience, and better manage the ones you can't avoid. When
    you are able to complete everything on your "to do" list without the
    stress of rushing or forgetting, your whole life feels easier.
  10. Listen To Music
    Finding
    a music therapist isn't the only way music can help as a stress
    reliever. Creating playlists for various moods (a cathartic mix for
    when you want to process feelings, an upbeat mix for when you need more
    energy, etc.) can help you to relieve stress passively, enjoyably, and
    conveniently.
  11. Eat a Balanced Diet
    A poor diet can bring greater reactivity toward stress. A healthy diet can bring greater physical and emotional wellness. Find some simple go-to meals and snacks, and feel less stressed in your daily life.
  12. Learn Assertive Communication Skills
    Relationships
    can be great stress relievers. Knowing how to keep your relationships
    healthy through effective communication is one of the best investments
    of time and energy for stress relief.
  13. Enjoy Aromatherapy
    Aromatherapy has proven benefits for stress relief--it can help you to become energized, more relaxed, or more present.
  14. Reduce Caffeine Intake
    Consuming
    caffeine too late in the day can affect sleep quality, which impacts
    stress levels. Consuming too much caffeine in general can make you more
    emotionally reactive to stress. Learn how much caffeine is too much.
  15. Drink in Moderation
    Speaking
    of knowing limits, maintaining careful limits with alcohol is
    particularly important. One glass of red wine at the end of the day can
    bring relaxation, but too much alcohol can obviously bring a host of
    other problems.
  16. Don’t Procrastinate
    Putting
    off a stressful or labor-intensive project can only increase the stress
    you experience. Learn how to stop procrastination can allow you to get
    done what you need to do, without the added stress of rushing for a
    deadline.
  17. Drink Green Tea
    Sitting
    with a glass of green tea and planning for the day ahead, or reflecting
    on the day behind (remember--decaf at night!) can provide you with a
    nice break and a taste of peace. You'll experience the health benefits
    of green tea as well.
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    easily. You'll also stay up-to-date on stress research, find ways to
    connect with other readers, and get stress management information on
    topics that matter most to you.


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hmmm really good information.. I like it, stress is becoming today's very common in our life but don't know why people are ignoring it.! But that for sharing this information about reducing the stress. I think its helpful.

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