If you hang around long enough, you will find stress. Actually, you don’t have to look. It finds you.
Not all stress is bad stress. Stress can keep us motivated and performing.
But too much stress is not good. In fact, it is worse than not good, it can be detrimental to your health.
These suggestions are not written as someone who has figured out how to avoid all stress. Rather, this is written by someone who is still learning how to cope. Stress doesn’t have to win.
The Good Stuff
1. Take a walk. As much as anything else, and something most of us can do, walking helps to get stress worked out physically.
2. Take a nap. This may sound like a cop out, but napping helps us work more effectively. Many people don’t get enough sleep anyway, so napping helps to feel refreshed.
3. Run or workout. If walking is something everyone can do, running or working out is something more of us should do. Most Americans do not get enough exercise. If you want to get rid of stress, nothing works as well as replacing stress with endorphines. Hint: If you are over 35 you should consult a doctor before you begin serious exercise routines.
5. Know when to not check email. If you want to ruin a good night’s rest, or an evening out with that special someone, check the email just before you hit the hay, or head out the door. Nothing adds to your stress more than being psychologically transient.
7. Watch a movie. See number 6 and replace movie for book.Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows
8. Go for a swim. Swimming isn’t just for beating the heat. It’s a great means to exercise. If you have a pool accessible, and if walking or running isn’t your “cup of tea”, try swimming!
9. Bake something. This may sound crazy, but nothing quite relaxes me like making homemade brownies (if you need a good recipe for homemade brownies, just write me). Heck, you don’t even have to eat them. Give them away!
10. Volunteer. There are times when we focus so much on our situation or ourselves that we can’t get perspective, and in dealing with stressful situations, we need perspective. Nothing helps us gain perspective like helping others.
What do you do to relieve stress? Got a tip we all would benefit from? Write it in the comment section.