11 Realistic Methods of Stress Management

When you are feeling stressed out, these 11 stress managing tips can be used to make every day a stress-free one.

| March 2018

  • These methods of stress management can be used daily and quickly to help you relax.
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  • “Un-Junk Your Diet” by Desiree Nielsen offers recipes and lifestyle tips to help readers live a healthier and happier life.
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Un-Junk Your Diet (Skyhorse Publishing, 2014) by Desiree Nielsen inspires readers to live a healthier life, offering tips from grocery shopping to using your diet to fight inflammation. Nielson approaches the subject with an engaging sense of humor that will motivate readers to work hard for a better diet. The following excerpt are her favorite tips for stress management.

The only person without stress in his or her life is resting in a pine box! While certain stressors can be minimized with conscious life choices, effective stress management is truly the path forward to better physical and mental health. I am not an expert in stress management, so what I share is through my own experiences. I lead a fairly high-paced life with career, travel, and family; however, the amount of stress and my ability to manage it has ranged anywhere from cakewalk to five-alarm fire. The following is a list of stress management techniques that have worked for me at different times in my life and in response to varying stressors.

1. Spend time outside. If you live close to something beautiful—a beach, park, mountains, gardens—go there. Leave the phone and the kids at home. Take something to sip, and just sit and be in nature. Fifteen minutes is great, but the more time you can spend, the better.

2. Have a dance break. Put on whatever song is making you smile right now; crank it up (watch your hearing if you are using ear buds!) and dance like crazy. This obviously doesn’t work well if you don’t have a private office. However, you could institute office-wide dance breaks so everyone is shaking a tail feather. Then coworkers will be laughing with you . . . instead of at you.



3. Honor your inner intro/extrovert: If you are an introvert like me, time alone recharges your batteries. Lock yourself in the bathroom and have a bath, go for a walk or run, or take a scenic drive. If you are an extrovert, call up a friend or go out with someone who brings you joy.

4. Breathe deeply. There are various meditative breathing techniques out there, but one that everyone can do, anywhere, without feeling silly is called square breathing.

Grimsbydave
4/5/2018 2:56:04 AM

A good list. except chatter about meditation set the tone for non religious generic, fad any feel good words will do. Here is the functional basics: Any comfortable, non-sleepy position; Breath well; Empty mind of all thoughts. This is the whole point of meditation, some minutes of mindlessness rejuvinates mind and body. All the libraries of info available try to over explain how. Stop thinking, sit somewhat relaxed and not allow any thought good, bad or indifferent. Takes practice only.


Plant Waterer
4/2/2018 10:14:12 AM

Exercise!!!!! Grab a shovel and go clean out an area of weeds so you can plant herbs, flowers or vegetables. Pulling weeds helps the soul and the landscape.







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