We live in a world of stress. Our work stresses us, no matter how much we may love it. Our children stress us sometimes to our limit. Our spouses as sweet as they can be can even add stress to our lives. Even our fun electronics can seem to add an element of stress to our lives. What can we do to manage all of that stress?
First, take a deep breath and realize that we are human and that stress is just a part of life. Once we realize this fact we can become better equipped to handle and mange the stress.
Next we all can try these tips that actually came from researchers who study post traumatic stress victims. These techniques have been used by people who have been involved in traumatic incidents that produced a huge amount of stress build up in their lives. Researchers have found that these same techniques can also be beneficial for normal every day stresses as well. These techniques include:
Build a mental armor:
Many of the researchers at The University of Pennsylvania work with soldiers. They found that a mediation break helped soldiers build better mental focus and help with memory, as well as lessen their overall stress load. To do this, one should take a daily ten minute mediation break, especially when they can during a stressful situation.
Just sit quietly. Focus on your breath. Do not allow your mind to wander. Stay in the present moment.
Practice feeling stress
This is a practice that is taught during cognitive behavior training. To do this, you just picture yourself in a stressful position it could be work related or home related. Picture how you feel. Picture what is being said and how you will react. The more you practice this the better you will get at controlling how you will react. This will actually help you to react better when the next real stressful event occurs.
Exercise can help you release a lot of the build up stress that your body acquires. It is also has many other great health benefits. If you can add your exercise routine, outside, British research shows that it has even greater stress reducing benefits. Even five minutes outside walking or biking can be beneficial.
Bonding with an animal
Animals have a way of helping us deal with stress. Research has shown that about eighty percent of post traumatic patients who were paired with a service animal saw a huge amount of stress reduction. Forty percent of these patients were even able to reduce their medication. What is it about animals that calm us? Maybe it is ability to love us unconditionally? Whatever it is a truly remarkable ability.
Get a good night’s sleep
Sleep does the body good. How does it help reduce stress? By getting your required amount of sleep your body will release the hormone DHEA which is a hormone that helps us to reduce stress.
Will these tips eliminate your stress? No, as long as you are alive you will have stress. Yet, these tips may help you reduce and manage your stress better.