10 Tips to Minimize Stress
Try some of
these tips to reduce stress
of us find it a challenge to balance family, work and
home....as well as trying to keep a social life with
friends. The busy-ness of the contemporary, urban lifestyle
means that many of us feel stress on a regular basis. We
could spend a lot of time and dollars analyzing our life and
situations to eliminate stress. However, it may be far more
useful to learn the skills of dealing with every day stress
to keep the stress levels within a healthy level.
expectations and you will suffer less disappointment.
Try seeing everything as already perfect and accept things
as they are, then you can strive less and relax more.
Learn to say
NO. Next time someone asks you to do something, before
the word ‘yes’ slips out, pause, say you can’t give an
answer just yet – you’ll get back to them. This technique
gives you time to think. Now you can choose to say NO,
calmly, politely and kindly.
Do one thing
at a time. SLOW DOWN! If you are racing, so is your
heart! Write yourself a list, prioritize your tasks and work
through your list methodically. You need to enjoy what you
are doing, not just the results of your efforts.
Stop trying to
fall asleep. So many people go to bed desperate to fall
asleep as quickly as possible, and then suffer the
frustration of wakefulness. Quit struggling – you need to
relax before you can sleep! Be thankful that you are warm,
safe and cozy, be glad that your body is resting. Breathe
deeply, slowly, gently and listen to your heart beating
Get serious an about humor. Laughter is seriously
healing. The special chemicals released when we laugh are
nature’s finest form of natural medicine. When you’ve
suffered a stressful day, make sure you ‘suffer’ some
serious humor in the evening. Watch a comedy show or film,
one you know will produce copious laughter, to counter the
stress you’ve endured.
to a catnap and don’t feel guilty. When your body is
pleading for rest, “40 winks” works wonders but only if you
don’t feel guilty about this.
Get out in the
fresh air! Drab office, the whir of computer hard drives
the drone of your boss’s demands. Get outside during your
lunch break, find a patch of green, some flowers, even
wander around a garden center! Lose yourself in nature and
feel your tensions dissipate, for a while at least.
Live in the
now. The past is gone, you can’t change it. The future
is mysterious and seductive, but only with you in your
dreams. What you need is with you NOW so make the most of
it. Be creative and give everything you’ve got to NOW.
techniques. You may also like to try using your powers
of visualisation in the 'theatre of your mind' to quickly
reduce stress. The photograph above is a soothing scenario
to help get you started, but be created, invent your
nap. Imagine you are a black cat, stretched out and
basing in the sun, lying on a lush green lawn listening to
birdsong. Feel the warmth of the sun penetrate your totally
- Source: Adapted
From Herbalife Today Magazine