Ways to Alleviate Stress

As discussed in the post about health consequences of long-term stress, we need to take whatever action is needed to keep it under control. There are many things you can do to alleviate stress. You may already have your own favorites, and here are some more to consider:

  • Accept and/or ask for help
  • Aromatherapy (candles, incense, potpourri)
  • Bath (long and relaxing)
  • Be kind to yourself and others
  • Blankie (or other comfort item)
  • Breathe with slow, deep abdominal breaths
  • Care plan (get it out of your mind & onto paper)
  • Children / Grandchildren (gain a new perspective through their eyes)
  • Comfort food (in moderation)
  • Counseling
  • Count your blessings
  • Cry
  • Doctor & dentist visits (maintain your health)
  • Exercise (even if only for 10 minutes at a time)
  • Family (chat with your favorite family member)
  • Friends (keep in touch, don’t isolate yourself)
  • Hands (drawing, doodling, knitting, baking, etc.)
  • Hobbies
  • Hugs (give & receive all that you can)
  • Intimacy
  • Journaling (express your feelings openly and honestly)
  • Knowledge (remove fear of the unknown)
  • Laugh
  • Learn something new (give your brain something else to focus on)
  • Learn to say ”No” (know your limits)
  • Lighting (adjust brighter or dimmer to affect your mood)
  • List priorities (to help you stay organized and focused)
  • Live in the moment (don’t fret over the past or worry about the future)
  • Manicure / Pedicure / Massage (pamper yourself)
  • Meditation, Prayer, Worship, Inspirational quotes or stories
  • Music
  • Nature (spend time outdoors each day)
  • Nutrition (eat healthy & slowly at regular times)
  • Organize your space (remove clutter)
  • Pets (play, cuddle, groom)
  • Photos (remember happy times)
  • Positive self-talk (good job for all you do)
  • Progressive muscle relaxation
  • Quiet time
  • Read for enjoyment (escape to another world for a while)
  • Sleep/Naps (things seem more stressful when tired)
  • Socialize
  • Stress ball or worry stone (keep one in your pocket)
  • Tea (try chamomile)
  • Vent (to someone you trust)
  • Visualize (pleasant sights, sounds, smells, etc.)
  • Yoga

Personally, I find the sound of birds chirping in the yard to be instantly soothing.  I entice them with food, water, and shelter so I can watch them as well as enjoy their songs and chatter.  I also have several CDs of nature sounds that prove to be very relaxing, just playing in the background during stressful times.

Do you have other suggestions to reduce stress?  If so, please share them under “Comments” so others may benefit.  Everyone responds differently.  The more methods you have in your arsenal, the more apt you are to find a combination of things that work for you individually.

The next post under this category will discuss extreme stress and how to handle it.

‘Wishing you the best always!

Marti 

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