Stress Management Tips
Making Your Health a Priority

Listed below are some of the most helpful stress management tips and techniques. You might find that some of these are real easy to adopt while others make take a great amount of effort. Either way, these stress management tips are all effective and work to keep your mind and body healthy.

Prioritize Your Life: Set your priorities in order! Ask yourself how important the situations you are feeling stressed over are. Prioritize your concerns and tackle the most important ones first.

Control That Bad Temper: Learn to stop overreacting! The best way to rate a problem is to rate on a scale from 1-10. Keep in mind that your 10's should be reserved for major life stressors. When you feel yourself stressing, ask yourself "How important is this problem to my life?" Be realistic! Is it worth the reaction you are giving it?

Use Visualization Exercises: By visualizing success you create a less stressful response in your reality. Learn to be visually optimistic! This will bring balance to your emotions and help your anticipatory anxiety.

Stop Procrastinating: Turn worries into solutions. Worrying makes you feel bad and it doesn't serve any purpose at all. Many of our worries can be put to rest simply by "doing something" about it. By acting, we are taking control. We can find solutions to our problems. And if it's something we assume then it helps to find out the real facts first! We are NEVER hopeless and anything is better than worrying.

Laughter Is The Best Medicine: Find humor in life. Learn to laugh at life and yourself. Developing a sense of humor about life will help you save your tears for real problems.

Learn To Slow Down During Stress: If we are always rushing around and keeping "busy" then we never feel like we can really ever relax. Everyone needs time to take a break and "recharge". Take time to enjoy the things around you that really matter.

Talk Therapy: Talk to someone! By talking to a trusting friend you can reduce stress tremendously.

Time Management: Be realistic with your time. Don't try to cram so much in such a small time frame. Accept it when things "pop up" because they always do, even if you don't plan for them. Prioritize most important to least important and remind yourself that other things can wait if they have to. Do what you can, when you can.

Have Some Fun When Coping With Stress: Learn to balance work and play. Setting aside time for yourself is healthy so do not feel guilty for doing it. Do something you enjoy!

Remove Perfectionism From Your Life: Perfectionists are never satisfied with themselves or their accomplishments. Set reasonable goals and be satisfied when you complete them. It's okay to make mistakes. We all make mistakes, this is how we learn.

Follow A Good Diet: Healthy foods rich in vitamins and minerals help boost our body's immune system, making us less susceptible to illness due to stress.

Follow A Good Exercise Plan: Exercise is also one of the BEST stress reducers. It burns away excess adrenaline generated by stress and reduces the "fight or flight" response. I encourage you to learn all you can about the healthy benefits to exercise.

Get Some Sleep: A good nights rest goes a really long way! Included are some good tips if you are having trouble sleeping.

Music Therapy: Listen to music! Music has the ability to aid in relaxation and promote a healthy, positive outlook. Music is considered a great form of therapy for those suffering with stress.

Look At The Positive: try to stay focused on what's good in your life. Even if something negative happens, try to find something positive about it. Remind yourself of the good that's in your life. List it off on paper if you want to, so you can see it with your own eyes!

Try Visualization Exercises: Close your eyes and breathe slowly and deeply. Visualize success before attempting your goals. A little visualization goes a long way.

Meditation: As you breathe in, imagine that you are inhaling peace, that is, imagine that peace is filling you up, coming in through your lungs and circulating around your body. As you exhale, visualize all the stress and negativity leaving your body through your nose and mouth. After several repetitions, you should feel your stress significantly lessened.

Practice Progressive Muscle Relaxation: The more you practice progressive muscle relaxation to relax the body, the better results you will have. This will help produce the automatic relaxation response when done on a regular basis.

Isometric Relaxation Exercises: Unlike progressive muscle relaxation, isometric relaxation exercises can be done in everyday situations. (again, this exercise needs repetitive practice in order to receive the full benefits!)

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