Bellissimo Mind Body Wellness

Anger. Stress. Conflict Resolution.

10 Ways To Manage Stress

on March 14, 2012

From the daily, regular stress that comes from living in our highly active culture to specific life events that knock us for a loop, the impact of stress accumulates. Recognizing our stress “hot spots” is a critical first step to reducing stress. The following are daily ways to help you maintain balance or get back to well-being following a particularly stressful period.

1. Do something physical. Exercise, walk, play a game, dance, weed/ garden.

2. Breathe. Deeply. Especially when you find yourself irritable or angry.

3. Retreat. Find a place—your bedroom, a park bench, your car—where you can be quiet and restful. Go there when you need to.

4. Watch what you eat. Don’t over/under eat; drink water; eat fruits and veggies. Easy on the sugar, caffeine, fatty foods and alcohol.

5. Get it out. Talk to trusted friends or a counselor. Write in a journal. Pound a pillow, if you must.

6. Say no. Take care of yourself first or you’ll have no strength to draw from when helping others.

7. Smile/laugh. Force it at first, if necessary. It’s impossible to stay negative or burdened with a grin on your face.

8. Change. Shift locations, activities, jobs, people you’re with, beliefs.

9. Relax. Take a nap, bath, or shower. Sit in the sun/shade. Get a massage. Do nothing.

10. Have fun. Don’t forget to take time to play, be creative, do things that nourish your soul.

Stay tuned… there’s much more.

AB- “The Anger Management Lady” (TAML)

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