Posted on 08 March 2011.
It is agreeable that stress has become part and parcel of the everyday life of the modern man and woman as a result of career issues, family, financial constraints, physical disabilities, divorce, sitting in traffic while getting to work, organizing a presentation, death and deadline issues amongst others. However, we do have an option to how we respond to stress. In as much as our lives is filled with one issues to another that never seems to come to a halt, how we act in response will greatly determine how we manage stress.
Recent research shows that when stress is prolonged, it can an overall effect on our body, for example, we may start having problems with some of our major organs, i.e. the heart, suffer high blood pressure, suppress the immune system thus leading to certain diseases. As such, the article aims at educating you on different ways you can relax your body so as to have more control in managing stress.
Discussed herein are top ten ways of stress management.
1. Be happy
Be happy: Not so many people appreciate the power of happiness. Each time you smile, there are muscles of your body that relaxes. Engage in fun activities which you love that can make you smile despite your circumstances.
Workout routines such as jogging, swimming and boxing are crucial aspects of intensive stress management. Not only will you be able to release some of those pent up steam, you will also be improving your health status. Engage in a workout routine on a daily basis. If you find exercising alone is difficult, ask a close friend or colleague or family member to join you.
Meditation is an ancient activity that has been passed on to the present generation. Unknown to a majority of people is that by meditating, they recharge themselves via inner positive energy. This helps relaxes your nerves. There are different meditation exercises such as Tai Chi and Yoga. These are practiced by several people worldwide and have been proven to enhance ones health.
4. Control your breathing
One of the ways through which you can manage stress is breathing using the diaphragm. This type of breathing is known to trigger the relaxation points in the brain and you can sense the change in a matter of minutes. Exercise slow but deep breathing in a relaxed atmosphere. Breathe in while counting inwardly to four, hold the breath for a couple of seconds then breathe out slowly while inwardly counting to eight. This can be repeated several times until you are sure that you feel relaxed.
5. Talk to someone
When you talk to someone close to you, you are releasing some of those pent up emotions. Choose someone who can listen to you without passing his or her own judgment on the issue.