7 Ways To Handle Stress Without Stress

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by Femita

Make sure you seek enough diversion. Why not go practice a sport? It’s one of the best natural remedies for stress and anxiety. Start with half an hour three times a week, preferably in open air. Other relaxing activities differ from one person to the other. While gardening might be relaxing to some people, others might get nervous from the thought alone.

Relaxation exercises have proven to be very effective for many people. These techniques are the result of scientific study and have nothing to do with fuzzy spiritual stuff. You learn to slow down your breathing and get your body in a relaxed state. Psychologists, psychotherapists or even some physical therapists will be happy to teach you.

Live in the moment. Let go of worries about your past or future and focus on the present. Try to do every activity you engage in attentively instead of thinking about all others things on your to-do list. If you’re taking a walk, watch the sky, listen to the birds, smell the flowers. This will stop you from pondering.

Simplify your life. Most of us want it all: a successful career, many hobbies, a big house and if possible even a second home (which has to be looked after of course). Less is more! Don’t be afraid to get rid of possessions. Less clutter to deal with will free up your mind for other things.

Organization is key. Set priorities, make to-do lists and get things done.

Stop multitasking. Doing multiple activities at the same time not only causes more stress, but is also less efficient. Do one thing at a time and make sure you do it well.

Watch your coffee, alcohol and nicotine intake. Coffee speeds up your breathing, smoking causes even more stress (even though smokers think it’s relaxing) and alcohol can make you fall into the habit of drinking.

Alison

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marlon @ productivity bits August 25, 2010 at 5:08 pm

I thought coffee contains some components that relaxes the muscle? Plus coffee is “fuel” for productivity. I know I’m biased because I am a coffee drinker; I think it should not be on this list ;-)

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Joi @ Self Help Daily August 29, 2010 at 11:45 am

Fresh air and activity are two exceptional ways to handle stress before it handles you. I also love to pop in a favorite sitcom dvd (Everybody Loves Raymond, Sandord & Son, I Love Lucy…) and hop on my treadmill. The combination of laughter and activity? It’s all good!

Marlon… a man after my own heart! I’m a huge coffee fanatic. I started drinking it because it honestly helps my asthma. When I was about 7 I was having one of my worst asthma attacks ever and my mom called my pediatrician, he said to make me a cup of coffee, THEN take me to the ER. After the cup, I didn’t need the ER but my mom, being the original Mother Hen took me anyway. I’ve been hooked on it since.

Now, instead of using it medicinally (although my asthma hasn’t caused me problems in two forevers), I use it to wake up in the morning and wind down at night.

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