We all been there before. Matter of fact… I probably posted something similar. HAAAAA! Alrighty then… let’s get stress free!! FANGGGGGGG!!!!

Stress Relief Strategies (taken from holisticmed.com):

As part of the process of curing an illness, promoting health and vitality and preventing illness and premature aging. It is important to gradually move towards a daily life that’s less stressful.

Some Strategies to Avoid:

  • Attempting to make everything in life stress-free.
  • Focusing on every event and constantly reminding yourself to relax.
  • Regularly avoiding the feeling of emotions(e.g. sadness, anger, joy, fear, etc.)
  • There are a number of other things which will not work in the long run when used by themselves only – long vacations, exercise, etc.

The type of strategy that tends to work is the combination of gradually and gently trying to change one’s habits plus regular practices or situations which help put the body in a relaxed state. Both types of strategies are important in promoting stress reduction.

Regular Practices and Situations to promote Stress Relief (note: The Positive Effects of these techniques vary from person to person).

Examples of Powerful and Healing Regular Practices:

  • Yoga
  • Meditation
  • Tai Chi
  • Conscious Breathing Routine
  • Dancing
  • Bioenergetics Classes

Examples of Powerful and Healing Occasional Practices

  • Holistic Healing Retreat
  • Vacation
  • Massage

Daily Stress Reduction Tips (Note: As mentioned earlier, there will naturally be times when these tips are not used, but try to gradually incorporate them into your life where possible.)

  1. Add something beautiful to your life on a daily basis.
  2. Do some enjoyable activities whenever possible.
  3. Walk, work and eat at a relaxed pace.
  4. Take a short break after meals to relax.
  5. If possible, go outside at least once per day and notice the simple things such as the weather, scenery, etc.
  6. During the day, whenever you remember, notice the tension in your body(joy, neck, diaphram, shoulders, etc.). Breath deeply and gently stretch and relax any tense area.
  7. If you notice your mind racing or worrying about the past or future, take a minute to breath deeply and gently focus on something in the moment such as your breath, scenery, birds.
  8. Take breaks during the work day to relax.
  9. Where comfortable and loose clothing when possible. Take off your shoes when you can.
  10. Avoid holding in feelings day after day, but instead, find a safe place to feel, express and embrace them.

Please be gentle with yourself. Some people find themselves falling back into excessively stressful habits from time to time. That is perfectly normal. Simply notice that change in a non-judgemental way and move back to the stress reduction practices and tips that promote a healthy way of life. (More can be found here.)