An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. This timeless adage is quite applicable to you to prevent being stressed out. Stress will always be part of life so it becomes important how you deal with it.
Some stresses can enter your life quite unannounced while there are others that are always there. Either way here are some suggestions you can put into action everyday on your own to prevent stress from overrunning your life. Some can be quick ways to get control of a stressful situation while others can take a bit more time.
- Take a short walk or go work out in the gym. Focus on the activity itself and not on the stressor(s). Physical activity promotes smooth energy flow throughout the body.
- Breathe slowly and deeply. Hear yourself breathe and feel the flow of fresh oxygen deep into your belly. Do short deep breathing sessions anytime or combine with your walk or workout. Oxygen calms the mind.
- Switch your thoughts away from the stress. Focus on the blessings and good things happening in your life — family, friends, a roof over your head, your health. You all have things to be thankful for.
- Sing a song, play your guitar or other musical instrument or turn on your favorite music. The act of focusing on music — its harmonies, lyrics and rhythms — exerts strong calming effects on the mind, spirit and body.
- Visualize yourself in a different environment. Close your eyes and pull from your mind a place or situation that you find soothing and peaceful. It could be playing with your kitten, walking in mountain solitude, being with someone you love, etc. Everyone has a quiet place to which one can go. You just have to let yourself go there (like Dorothy in the Wizard of Oz ).
- Aromatherapy and massage. A bath with essence of lavender or patchouli does wonders for calming the soul. Use this as a de-stressing practice along with seeing yourself in a serene place. Lower your stress on the spur of the moment by massaging your ears especially where the base of your ears attach to your head. Do this with deep breathing.
- Consider how much you expose yourself to the news (unless it’s your livelihood). Reduce how much and when. Watching the late night news may be disturbing to your sleep. Adequate quality sleep can help you deal with stress.
You won’t remove stress from your life. You apply these techniques to your daily living to prevent stresses from overwhelming you. Chronic and uncontrolled stress can become damaging to your health in the long run. Stress is manageable.