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Top 7 Tips To Relieve Stress
By Raymond Lee
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How do you lower stress? It depends on what motivates you. Some people, in their heart of hearts, decide that it is easier to take a pill to reduce high blood pressure. Others prefer to make lifestyle changes. Whatever your approach, you will feel less stress if you feel in control of your life. Get that control by establishing goals, writing them down, and working toward them, giving less attention to little things that are not really important to you. Here are some tips that you can consider to take to relieve stress.
- Say Good-bye To Beepers
A lot of people feel as though they are always on call. Thanks to pagers, cellular phones, and the like. Take a break form technology, perhaps spending a restful day with the phone unplugged. Get unbusy. Allow yourself time to do nothing.
- Change Your Inner Environment
Biofeedback or medication will relax you mentally and lower stress. Try reducing the psychological stress that raises your blood pressure by repeating a sound, word, phrase, or muscle activity while you passively disregard other thoughts.
- Get On With Life
Especially when you retire, you may be tempted to live vicariously through your children and grandchildren. That always produces stress because it does not work. Instead, live your own life. Do volunteer work to establish a larger circle of friends and responsibilities. Take courses at your local college.
- Pay Attention To Changes
Stress goes up with major changes, such as the first few months after retirement. Your routine changes immediately, but your mind and body are still tuned to the habits that may have taken 65 years to form. Often, just acknowledging the stress helps to bring it down.
- Relax And Enjoy
Believe it or not, relaxation and enjoyment take some effort or at least some calculation. A lot of people realize that if they sit in a chair all day, they will make their health worse. But in the years of work, they have forgotten how to enjoy themselves. If you enjoy life and develop a sense of playfulness and humor, you will be less prone to stress, anxiety disorders, and depression. Make a study of what really relaxes you and what you really enjoy such as museums or parks, or activities such as cards, golf, or quilting. Then deliberately build those things into your day. Remind yourself that it is okay to have fun, you deserve it.
- Remember, Less Is More
Many older people feel the stress of a fixed income. When you sit down and think about what makes you happy and what makes you worry, you may find that you don’t need the second car, the cabin in the mountains, or the new furniture. You may find that what makes you happy are family and friends, and fewer material things. Letting go of what is not important helps cut costs and stop stress.
- Lend A Helping Hand
You may get your greatest satisfaction from helping your children or grandchildren. But if you are considering providing financial assistance, think carefully – Will you find that satisfying or just stressful? But you will know that these people who have never had such joy as when they gave their grandchild a new car. In that case, money can be a stress reducer.
Raymond Lee is one of the foremost experts in the health and fitness industry and is the Founder of Bodyfixes Group specializing in body health, muscle development and dieting. He is currently the author of the latest edition of "Neck Exercises and Workouts." Visit http://www.bodyfixes.com for more information.
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Article Submitted On: November 20, 2007