Tips For Relieving Stress

Stress is but a natural occurrence in a person’s life. It can be a result of both simple and tough demands and pressures you encounter everyday. Not having enough sleep is just but one factor that causes stress. There are actually numerous ways to minimize the effects of stress.

Many individuals experiencing great stress would normally just ignore it, causing the stress to build over time. They tend to ignore stress because they believe there are many things to be done and there is not enough time to waste. Some people ignore stress thinking that they cannot do something about it anyway. Phrases like, "that’s life," is common among those who suffer from mild stress. Yes, it is true that stress is inevitable. However, it is not wise to completely ignore it and the possible damage that could result from it.

The basic thing we need to understand about stress is the fact that it can be caused by either of the two factors -- external or internal. It is important that you pay close attention to your internal state and make a realistic assessment about it. Keep an objective evaluation about external situations. Say for instance, you are facing a reasonably bothersome situation; it is normal and healthy to act in response with great concern and some degree of stress. On the other hand, when you start feeling an unreasonable fear and fixation, you had better deal with it by keeping an objective mind. Realistic assessment of your situation should validate the stress you are experiencing.

If you should experience stress, try giving a moment to take a deep breath. It is normal for people to experience tension as a response to stress. When something stresses you, you will suddenly feel tension, mostly muscle tension around your neck. When this happens, your neck muscle will become stiff. You will then observe that your breathing becomes shallow. Each time you feel stressed, observe if any of these signs are present, and then try to do simple movements that can loosen up your tensed neck muscles by gently moving your head side to side. Then, take a deep breath. If necessary, repeat breathing deeply until you start feeling a little less stressed.

It is not necessary to overdo exercise. Over-exercising might only cause hyperventilation. A simple movement of the head and muscles will do. Match it with relaxing your chest muscles. Deep breathing will also help.

The suggestions mentioned are usually only effective for dealing with acute stress. Acute stress is a kind of stress, which is caused by an isolated event and typically lasts for a short time. For chronic type of stress, which is caused by continuing circumstances and is typically persistent, additional techniques may be required.

Very simple and old fashioned activities like walking in the park can be very helpful. Fresh air and sunshine can be really relaxing. Moderate exercise can also help relieve various physical symptoms of stress.

Listening to good music can also relieve stress. Watching funny television programs or movies also helps. It is true that laughter is the best medicine as it is a way to lift mood. Doing creative activities that require simple physical activities can also be helpful. Simple activities (e.g., making baskets or doing crochet) or intermediate activities (e.g., sketching or painting) are just some of the many things you can do to help minimize stress.

Talking with a trusted friend also helps; however, it is not advisable to dwell on the circumstance that caused your stress (stressor). A good conversation is in fact beneficial, but you have to make sure, though, that this will not cause an obsession over the problem. It is a human instinct to talk about sad events, but dwelling on what causes your grief will only aggravate your present condition.

The suggestions mentioned do not address the underlying causes of stress; they are just some techniques that can help relieve the symptoms of stress. It is recommended that you seek professional help if you are already suffering from intense form of stress.