Easy Stress Busters

Wednesday, September 9 |

I'm stressed out...how about you?

...Why do I ask? Stress has a way of sucking the productivity, health and joy right out of you and I want to share a few ways to combat stress. One of the best stress relievers I know is good old fashioned exercise.  Working out at a moderate pace for at least 20 minutes a day helps to releases  a lot of tension. Pick an activity that you enjoy like basketball, playing with your kids, gardening or dancing and you will score extra endorphins.

Talking to understanding friends is also a great way to let off some steam. Sometimes we store up stress in our bodies because we are too busy or too embarrassed to express our personal problems. Find people whom you trust to open up about things that are troubling you the most...Sometimes just getting it out in the open is all you need to feel better.

But the most important stress buster is taking the time to identify the root problem and then brainstorming for the best solution. Schedule at least 15 minutes of quiet time everyday: tea on the patio, prayer in a closet, mediation at dusk, laying in bed before you start your day, or walking in the park. Sitting still will help you focus and find your worries, fears and frustrations. Make problem resolution a top priority and commit to removing anything that hinders more than it helps. When you are stressed it is easy to feel overwhelmed and helpless, so seek advice from people you respect.

 Life will always have its challenges so don't wait for perfection. Learn what it takes for you to relax in times of stress and look for enjoyment in what you already have : )

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Libertine said...

Stress became such a huge pert of our life... I usually take five and indulge in my smoking habit (yes, I know it's not good for me). However it's true, we need to take it as it goes

Shadow said...

great post. and the tips are so easy to do and maintain... i wouldn't give up my daily walk with my pups for anything! best, early in the morning when it feels like the whole world is still asleep and we're the only ones alive... so peaceful and rejuvenating!

LLnL said...

Libertine, I started smoking occasionally about 14 years ago but gave it up completely for 10 years. I don't consider myself a smoker but allowed myself to buy a pack about of month ago as a stress reliever. I'm not perfect, but I know what works for me and what I can handle. As long as your over health is okay I think you do what works for you.

Shadow, thank you so much for your comments. You make my day and I'm so happy that you got something from this. Pups and walking early morning sounds delightful. I've tried putting my cat on a leash and walking him but that did not work for either of us. It is nice to have company but pets have a way of bring peace and joy in hard times.