Taking a deep breath or two adds oxygen to your system, which almost instantly helps you relax. In addition, taking a moment to step back can help you maintain your composure, which in the long run, is what you need to work rationally through a stressful situation. Just take a deep breath, count to ten (or more or less as the situation warrants!), and stand up and stretch. Remember relaxation is the opposite of stress. Stand up and smile. Try it! You’ll feel better!
If you’re at work, take a bathroom break or get a glass of water. Do something that changes your focus. When you come back to the problem, chances are it won’t seem nearly as insurmountable.
Things happen and sometimes bad things happen to good people. If we let them, stressful events can build up, wall us in, and eventually stop us from enjoying the good things in life. Take the time. Too often we put the pleasantries of life on the back burner, telling ourselves we don’t “have time” or can’t “make time” for them. However, time is actually the only thing we do completely own. While we can’t “make” a day that’s longer than 24 hours, each of us starts the day with exactly that amount of time. Take a part of your time to recognize the good things in your life.
Every coin has two sides and every issue has both pros and cons. List them both then put the list away and take a second look tomorrow. Sometimes, sleeping on a situation changes the minuses to pluses. Every cloud has a silver lining. After all, rain makes things grow! Ben Franklin found good in a bolt of lighting. Find the good in your stressful situation by listing the negative surges and determining what it will take to make them into positive changes.
Knowing yourself and your limits may be the most import way to manage stress effectively. One more little thing may be the “straw that breaks that camel’s back”. It’s okay to say, ‘No”, “I can’t”, or “Maybe later”. Acquit yourself. Sometimes events really are out of control.
Whether you need help from your kids or spouse in hauling groceries into the house, help from a colleague to solve a work-related problem, or professional help to find the causes of and effectively manage your stress, getting the help you need is in itself a major stress management tip!
Visualize the stress flooding from your back, legs, shoulders, and pour out of your fingertips and toes.
Progressive relaxation is especially beneficial when stress keeps you from getting a good night’s sleep. Start at your toes and “tell” them to relax. When you feel them relaxing move to your feet, ankles, calf muscles, knees, thighs and so on up your torso to your shoulders and finally to the top of your head or alternatively down through your arms to your fingertips (if you make it that far before you’re asleep!)