Stress Management: What Is It, And How To Do It
Despite all the modern conveniences available in this technologically advanced age, stress is still part of the overall scheme of our lives. Luckily, proper stress management can provide release from these problems which affect our physical, mental and emotional health.
That Having Been Said, Just What is Stress Management?
Stress management is a set of tools, procedures and methods which allow us to take control of our problems and reduce their effect on our daily lives. Problems which lead to stress can be controlled, or at least lessened by different stress management techniques which can be applied to keep your life, and your body and mind, in balance and harmony.
An easy way to start: Breathing exercises can really help!
Our body tends to react with particular responses during times of stress; irregular breathing, sweating, aches and pains, slow metabolism and so on are all physical reactions to stress. Since these responses are physical in nature, we have to deal with them in a physical way. One effective method is by means of breathing exercises which can positively affect your body in a profound way. Simply speaking, these exercises help control the flow of oxygen in your body, as well as its distribution to different parts of your anatomy.
One simple method is to count your breaths.
Breathe slowly and deeply for several minutes. Try to set a rhythm and follow it through the duration of the exercise. With practice, during moments of stress, you can summon breath control instantly; which can help you relax and alleviate some of the negative effects of stress in your body.
Why not try walking stress away?
Honestly, exercise is one of the best stress busters there is. Exercises which are rhythmic and repetitive tend to work quite well. One of the best of these is walking. Brisk, regular walks can not only help manage stress, but can product many of the health benefits associated with exercise.
Relax both mind and body with meditation
Meditation is another great, but simple, way to effectively manage stress. However, many feel that meditation tends to work more on the mental level than on the physical. This is where the old adage "Mind Over Body" kicks in. Meditation allows your mind to relax and focus on a single thought and let others drift away to nothing.
The art of meditation has been used for centuries. It originated as a practice popular in ancient philosophies and religions. Today, many people practice this method to affect many different areas in their life, such as; coping with work, focusing on tasks, or simply for relaxation of the mind and body to keep oneself in balance.
Many find this a bit hard at first but practice can turn almost anyone into an expert meditater.
Try to meditate, at least at first, in a quiet place where you will have the least amount of distraction. You need to relax your body from your toes to your head. At first, you will feel heavy then you are truly relaxed, but many find that this will change to a light feeling with more experience.
In the most common form of meditation, you try to focus on a single thought or object, or imagine an inanimate object. You will notice that you will be distracted by stray thoughts that seeps into your mind during the course of the exercise. When this happen, try to imagine your a watching movie. Observe these thoughts as if it was nothing and let it drift away to the next one. After a while, all these stray scenes will cease then you have achieved meditation.
Another great stress buster is yoga. It's easy to learn and easier to actually do than you might imagine from the pictures you've probably seen of people doing it. Most of those pictures are of people who have been involved in the practice or yoga for years, even decades. Not everyone achieves those levels of achievement, but, even a few simple asanas, yoga postures, done fairly well and regularly, can do a world of good for helping with stress management, while improving fitness and strength, too.
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Seek professional help
If you have trouble dealing with stress, a psychiatrist can be a great help. He or she can help you accept your problems and, in turn, find possible solutions without allowing fear and worry to control your mind. They can help find the trouble areas and help your arrive at solutions which you might have difficulty recognizing and dealing with on your own.
It's an unfortunate fact that dealing with stress can be stressful in itself. With a relaxed mind, and the proper stress management techniques, you can take control of your life and not let stress control you.
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Stress Management: What Is It, And How To Do It
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