Friday, February 25, 2011
Working, running your kids to soccer practice, making dinner, working out, cleaning the house, finding time to sleep; the list goes on and on and on. Life is busy and can overwhelming stressful most of the time. No matter how many things we try eliminate to simplify our lives another things seems fill the gaps. Learning how to deal with stress that will help improve your emotional health and ultimately increase how you function in your daily life.
Here are some simple tips to help you handle the stress in your life:
1. Create a stress diary: At night write down the things that caused you the most stress that day. Write about how you reacted to the stressor and make a vow to yourself to react differently in the situation next time. This way you learn how to react positively to the stressful moments and not let them wear you down.
2. Focus on your breathing: Try to find a quiet moment of your day and place your hand on your abdomen. Close you eyes and focus on breathing normally through your belly and not your chest. Try it! It really has relaxing benefits!
3. Muscle Relaxation: Starting at your feet and working your way up through the muscles of your body, tense each muscle for 5-10 seconds and then release. Focus on the difference of how the muscles feel when they are tense they how they feel when they are relaxed. Try doing this a few times throughout the day to help you relax the muscles in your body and hopefully release some tension.
4. Listen to music: Doesn't have to classical music but any kind of relaxing music you enjoy should do the trick. This allows you to hopefully get your mind off what has been causing you stress and you get to listen to something you enjoy in the meantime.
Give these this suggestions a try and see how your emotional health improves one day at a time!