Sunday, December 24, 2006

To Reduce Stress Simply

It pays to learn how to remain in a positive frame of mind even when a few hurdles pop up in your path without warning. When something negative or scary happens, try to see what you can do to change the situation.

Here are few tips:-

*Learn to laugh. Laugh at yourself, laugh at the situation & laugh with others. Humour is an “upper”. It improves your mood & relieves stress

*Spend more time with friends and relatives. Choose friends you can relax with and who will listen to you when you are stressed

*Try stress management techniques – meditation, yoga, stretching, getting a massage, reading or taking nap.

*Talk to yourself everyday. Say positive things. For instance, ‘I can do it’, ‘I’m getting better’, ‘I can ask for help when I need it’, ‘I love you or I’m all right’.

*Stress often signifies that your body needs to change. Use this signal to sort out your life and implement the necessary changes. Draw up a detailed list of what needs to be changed and then discuss those changes with peoples who you think will able to help you. Of course, you need to choose this group with care.

*When you are stressed, imagine how you would advise a friend who was undergoing the same stress. Then follow your advice.

*Don’t blame yourself for everything. It’s certainly not a productive response

If you have tried several of the above mentioned methods but don’t seem to be able to handle your stress, you may need to seek help from a professional counselor

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