Worry or Relief

If the stress in your life is out of control, here are some simple stress relief methods you can implement into your life to improve your day.

Brighten up your home – If you are tried of the rooms in your home, have you ever considered giving them a mini makeover? Rearranging furniture, changing your décor, or giving the walls a fresh coat of paint will give you something new to look at. Redecorating allows you to focus your mind on a project separate from stressful issue, and creativity does wonders for your self-esteem.

Slow down and enjoy your meals – Try not to skip or gobble down meals. This can not only lead to a serious case of indigestion, it also slows down the digestion process which can lead to other unpleasant conditions such as constipation. Take the time to sit down and enjoy regular meals during the day.

Enjoy the outdoors – Make the effort to go outside and fill your lungs with fresh air. Take a nice walk and enjoy the scenery and sounds of the outside world. This is often a fantastic way to clear your mind and organize your thoughts.

Breath and stretch – Take the time to stretch your body at different points during the day, and remember to breathe deeply every once in a while. This helps to release tension from your body and will keep you more alert and less irritable.

Take breaks – Everyone needs breaks. Don’t skip them to get a head start on other work. Take this time to relax and do something you enjoy. Treat yourself to warm baths, a cup of hot tea or a massage.

Wear comfortable clothing – Whenever you can, wear clothing that is loose fitting and soft. Wear comfortable shoes that allow your feet to move and breathe.

Express and embrace your feelings – Don’t bottle up your emotions. You should experience emotions regardless if they are negative or positive. You should also express the way you feel to others, and find ways to release pent up emotions. Great methods include singing and writing.

Make time for the activities you enjoy – Do you have a hobby you really enjoy (IE. reading, knitting, dancing, swimming, sports, etc.)? When you engage in activities you like, you are comfortable and happy.

Take care of your body – Eat well, exercise, stay well hydrated, and be sure to get a good night sleep.

Try using a combination of different stress relief methods and avoid using only one. The more ways you can implement relaxation, enjoyment and positive thinking into your lifestyle, the less stress will have a hold on your life.

Vishal P. Rao runs the Work at Home Forum, an online community of those work from home.

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