2. Do Nothing. As many of us may know, stress most likely occurs when we are being pulled in too many directions, take on too much responsibility, or even push ourselves a bit too hard. The cure for this sort of stress is to simply SLOW DOWN. Take a day off, recuperate mentally, pull back, relax, goof off, sleep in, or simply do nothing until the stress begins to fall away.
3. Talk it Out. Truly, some things just need to be released. While it seems to be safer to avoid talking about our problems and conflicts, we can become bottled up with suppressed emotions and have a meltdown if we do not acknowledge and release them. A good way to release stress is by talking to a loved one and lightening your worries. Use good judgment when deciding who to turn to, and if you have no one to talk to...talk it out while you're alone! After talking it out, release it and let it go.
5. Have a Laugh. Sometimes things can get a bit too serious, and can cause stress to creep in. When this occurs, i'ts best to lighten the load with a bit of enjoyment. Simply having a good laugh can help tremendously. Try watching comedy, or heading out for entertainment with friends.
6. Take a Relaxing Bath. Water is naturally calming and soothing which is why a relaxing bath can succeed in eliminating stress. Try soaking in a warm bath in the evening for at least a half hour and let your mind wander (not worry). Add in herbs or oils and dim the lights or light candles to drift into relaxation.
7. Stretch. Stretching may seem so simple and ineffective, but it proves to be very therapeutic. Stress not only takes a toll on the mind and emotions, but also on the body. As we stress, we tend to store suppressed emotions and heavy tension in our body. Stretching gently releases suppression and tension while calming us down and relaxing our bodies.
By: Saudia M.