Stress is very common and in many cases is a good thing. Stress can help us feel attentive and motivate us into action. In addition, if we are too calm during certain situations we can feel less motivated and productive. The issue occurs when we have too much stress and many times comes from overusing our bodies natural resources. This can lead to physical problems such as difficulty sleeping, heart disease, obesity, depression and anxiety disorders. Stress can be managed with certain steps and help from mindfulness based therapy.
Stress Management Tips
- Deep Breathing- This is always a sure fire way to lower your stress by lowering your heart rate. By taking deep breaths it increases the amount of oxygen in your blood and will instantly make us more relaxed.
- Smile More - Experts agree that smiling more makes us feel more relaxed and happy. It can trigger a key emotional center in our brain that helps us be more calm. It is a very simple thing we can do to lower our stress, so why not try it now?
- Meditation - This technique is probably the best one to practice. Meditation is extremely effective and it increases your calmness. It can help get rid of many negative thoughts and will help you focus.
- Less Coffee - Caffeine is a stimulate that tends to make you more anxious and is linked to certain psychiatric disorders. Try going decaf or even drinking green tea instead of coffee.
"In times of stress, the best thing we can do for each other is to listen with our ears and our hearts and to be assured that our questions are just important as our answers."
-FRED "MISTER" ROGERS
Helpful Links For Stress Management
- American Heart Association - Great resources regarding stress management and technigues to take control of your life.
- The American Institute of Stress - The American Institute of Stress is a nonprofit organization that provides information and resources about various causes and symptoms of stress, as well as materials for stress solutions and treatment
- Stress Free Kids - Family dynamics and conflicts can put a strain on all family members, creating stress and anxiety for children and adults alike. Parents can use StressFreeKids.com to introduce children to basic mindfulness techniques, help boost their self-esteem, and make bedtime easier.