Life is full of many types of stressors and various coping strategies are needed to reduce life’s impacting situations. Some stress and edginess are a helpful motivator while too much stress can overwhelm and paralyze the ability to function. The following list may contain useful tools that you can adopt for your own stress toolbox. You can have control and success over the choices that you make for your life.
There are many strategies and hints to tone down your stress. Here are some tips to pick and choose for yourself.
- Sit down, breath slow and deeply as you feel your feet on the floor. Do this for a few minutes.
- Tense and relax your muscles such as make a fist and open your hand or raise your shoulders and then drop them, scrunch up your face and then let it relax.
- Meditate using the method that works best for you such as a walking meditation, guided imagery, or just simply tracking your breath as it falls in and out.
- Favorite smells: such as smelling flowers, the use of aroma therapy, or candles.
- Exercise regularly such as walking, running, hiking, yoga, swimming, Zumba are a few.
- Journal and write about your stresses.
- Give up practicing avoidance, talk to someone about issues.
- Prioritize; make lists of what is really needed to be done vs. nonessentials.
- Drink tea (calming diplomats drink) vs. coffee (stimulant)
- Paint, draw, sing, hobbies, things that let you be creative and relax.
- Sometimes be able to say “no,” set limits, on the expenditure of your energy and time.
- Sleep well, take naps, and replenish yourself.
- Laugh more, see the humor, and smile often.
- Listen to poetry, music, or opera. It might be good for your soul.
- Do something that you consider spiritual that gives a feeling of closeness to the divine.
- Look at and see beauty more often.
- Find your passion, what is it that captures your love and creative potential?
- Start to enjoy your life.
Remember —it sometimes takes a little practice and effort to put some of these practices into play. But once you do so, you may be pleasantly surprised at the positive benefits you’ll receive.