Stress Relief

Most of us face stressful situations on a daily basis.  The intensity of the stress varies depending on our personal situations, but especially during this pandemic/quarantine, we all have to deal with stress.

We may not realize it while we are in the midst of it, but these situations are teaching us a valuable lesson in how to deal with life.  We will look back at this time and be amazed at all we were able to get through.  However, while we are struggling and the challenges are present, we many not feel heroic, but rather just burdened and stressed worrying about the outcome.  

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The greatest weapon against stress is our ability to choose one thought over another.

William James

There are so many products for sale that proclaim to relieve the stress in our lives.  Everything from body lotions, to dietary supplements, and even something you sprinkle on your food, claim to help relieve our stress.  I cannot speak to any of these because I have not even tried them, but I can offer some other ways of reducing the stress that may not cost you anything.

  • Go out into nature:  Taking a walk outside, even if it’s cold, will help clear your head and help you to feel better.
  • Touch:  Ask your friend/partner/spouse to give you a back rub.
  • Write in your journal: Focus on things you are grateful for.
  • Laugh: Listen to a funny podcast or watch a sitcom.
  • Spend time with family and friends: Zoom/FaceTime/Skype with friends and loved ones.
  • Light a candle: Scented candles such as lavender or sandalwood help relieve stress.
  • Yoga: Find an online class you can do from your own home.
  • Squeeze a soft ball or a pair of socks:  A physical way of releasing built-up tension.
  • Exercise: Any way you can move your body will improve your stress level
  • Lower your caffeine intake:  Caffeine is a stimulant and may increase your anxiety.  
  • Breathe:  Take some deep relaxing breaths to reduce your stress.
  • Listen to soothing music:  Soft peaceful music can have a calming effect on your mind and body.
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In times of great stress or adversity, it’s always best to keep busy, to plow your anger and your energy into something positive.

Lee Iacocca

The truth is we cannot avoid stress in our everyday lives.  Whether at work or home, we will encounter stress and anxiety.  The important thing is to learn how to deal with it and reduce the effects it has on our minds and bodies.  Learning the work/life balance is an ongoing lesson that we need to address throughout our entire lives.  Today is the first day of the rest of your life so make it a new beginning.  

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