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Stress Relief Tips and Relaxation Tips

Nov 2, 2009

In these times, many people live with chronic stress. The first step is recognizing that this is a problem that can have long lasting effects on your health. The single most important thing you can do is try to reduce the stressors in your life. It is unreasonable to expect to remove all stress, but evaluate your life - are you expecting too much of yourself? Are there circumstances or people in your life that cause stress and need to be dealt with? Once you have reduced your stress to a minimum, try using some of these suggestions and learn how to relax.

l. Take a Relaxing Bubble Bath.
My favorite stress relief tip of all. Take a relaxing bath. Add music, candles and a glass of your favorite drink: beer, tea, hot chocolate, wine or even champagne. Close the door and forget about everything else for an hour or so. This helps to increase levels of calmness and the calmer we feel, the less likely we are to get stressed out or depressed. A luxurious way to find stress relief.

2. Read a Book
Reading is one of the simplest forms of relaxation for mind and body. Picking up a book and allowing our minds to add color to the black and white pages, can relieve the stresses and strains that modern life places upon us. There are many other benefits too! There is a wealth of choice in 'self improvement', 'motivation', or 'educational' books which may provide answers to questions we have always asked ourselves, or at least guide us in the right direction! There is no better place to start than your local Library, where you will find expert help and guidance from the staff. Aside from the plentiful stock of titles on offer, there are Quick Reads which are ready made for people who just don't have time to curl up with a good book but do have a few moments at lunch time to get lost with a sandwich.

3. Exercise Regularly.
Regular exercise has been shown to reduce stress so get moving. Swimming, cycling, jogging, skiing, aerobic dancing, walking or any of dozens of other activities can help your heart. They all cause you to feel warm, perspire and breathe heavily without being out of breath and without feeling any burning sensation in your muscles. Whether it is a structured exercise program or just part of your daily routine, all exercise adds up to a healthier heart.

4. Laugh. Keep your sense of humor. Laugh a lot.
Brighten your mood and improve your sense of well-being. Facilitate positive social interaction. Reduce anxiety, tension, depression, anger, and hostility. Lower your stress level. Exercise your heart and cardiovascular system and Reduce pain. Can't figure out how to get started? Go see a funny movie or read a funny book. Keep a humor journal with all the funny jokes and stories you hear each day. Tell a joke. Laugh at yourself. Look for the funny side in a situation. Hang out with happy people. Put on a happy face. Use humor instead of anger!

5. Light a candle!
The first way to use candles in relaxation and stress relief is a very simple, yet utterly effective method. Simply take a deep breath, and stare at the flame of the candle while it is lit. Focus in on the area at the base of the wick where the flames color is blue. Watch how the colors subtly change as you stare into the flame. Take deep, calming breaths while relaxing and simply focusing on the candle flame. It helps if this is done in a darkened room, however the exercise is effective even while in a brightly lit space. Of course, the act of simply having lit candles is very relaxing in itself. Whether simply around the house, in the bathtub, or during intimate moments, candles can enhance and bring peacefulness to our hectic lives. So the next time you are looking for a quick way to de-stress and ground yourself, look no further than the wax and wick!

6. Schedule a massage or pedicure once a month.
Get a manicure and pedicure. Science has proven that there are pressure points located on our feet and hands. These areas can cause additional pain during stressful times. A nice manicure and pedicure will help soothe those pressure points.

Plain and simple, the effects of stress on the body can be extremely detrimental. When a muscle is stressed, circulation is reduced and both oxygen and nutrients are blocked. Massage is a terrific way to loosen up the muscles, increase the circulation and bring oxygen and nutrients back to the area. It may also release stored toxins, so it's important to flush out your system by drinking water after a session.

7. Set realistic, obtainable goals and meet them.
One of the major causes of stress and depression is a feeling of going nowhere, a feeling that life is just passing by.

Think about your life and values and hopes. Imagine your ideal life and what steps you can take to Imagine your ideal life and what steps you can take to get a little closer to your dream. Write down your thoughts, and set up small realistic steps that you can reach. Your goals do not have to be grand: think about planting a small vegetable garden, reading a book, or going camping with friends. The point is to set up a plan of action and follow through on it by taking small steps. With a goal in mind, you will be amazed at how stimulated and uplifted you will feel.



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