Five Stress Busters!

Five ways to help keep your stress levels where you want them to be.

We all need a certain level of stress to operate on but you will know when the balance is shifting for you. It’s a wise woman who recognises that and takes approriate action. Here are a few tips you might consider trying, or reinstating into your life if the festivities have meant routines have slipped a little.

1. Smile!

Smiling does you nothing but good and it makes other people feel good too.It costs nothing and when you smile your body actually releases feel good hormones and reduces the level of cortisol, the ‘stress hormone’.It helps you to feel calmer, more in control and can lower your blood pressure. Go on, smile!

2. Exercise

As well as its undoubted benefits for your general health, exercise is highly effective in reducing stress. It improves blood-flow to the brain, helping you think more clearly, that’s one good reason for taking a walk outside each lunchtime!. Exercise is also another great way to release endorphins, the body’s natural painkillers and feel-good hormones. There is also some evidence that fit people are better able to handle the long-term effects of stress.

3. Get enough rest and sleep

This doesn’t necessarily mean do nothing, which can be as stressful as a very busy life. A rest from work can mean paying more attention to your leisure time and getting the most out of it.This helps counterbalance work or everyday stress. And we all need sleep for energy, good concentration and general health. Chronic sleep-deprivation can affect your performance at work, which can be a key factor in raising stress levels.

4. Think positive!

Changing your thoughts is not as difficult as you think. Try to adopt an outlook on life that stops you seeing external events as determining your happiness. You can take responsibility for how you think. How you choose to view things is sometimes the only bit of control in an otherwise chaotic world. So make a choice to be positive. Identify the negative thoughts that creep unbidden into your mind and replace them with something much more life enhancing. It takes practice but it’s worth it!

5. Seek the help of significant people in your life

When you need to reduce the pressure in your life, you can’t always do it on your own. Think about your support network of friends and family and colleagues – people you can call on to help take the strain – whether it’s practical help or a sympathetic ear when you feel down.

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Posted on January 31st, 2009 by

2 Responses to “Five Stress Busters!”

  1. Very good advice. Stress is my major problem so far this year. I’ve already started ‘spurt’ exercising for two minutes several times a day and this is definitely helping… now I’m going to go for the smiling route!

  2. […] time to time life can get out of kilter for all of us. You may just have a vague feeling of too much to do, or it may be more serious with a thorough rethink of your priorities […]

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