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12 Inexpensive Ways to Relieve Stress

12 Inexpensive Ways to Relieve Stress

 “Stress:  1. a force that strains or deforms  2. mental or  physical tension“  Websters New World Dictionary

Despite our best intentions for creating a lifestyle free of stress, we have  only succeeded in creating more stress than our mind and bodies can really  handle. The good news is there are practical ways to reduce stress in your life  without having to spend a whole lot of money. It is important to note that there  are both environmental and emotional factors that create stress in your home,  workplace and outdoors in a city. You might feel the stress of a difficult job,  or the emotional strain of a negative relationship, but toxic chemicals in your  cleaning supplies or exposure to electro-magnetic frequency’s from your computer  and T.V. may not be so easy to detect. They can, however, cause stress to your  immune system and eventually will need to be removed or reduced.

For now let’s take a look at some ideas for dealing with stress on a daily  basis. By taking one-step-at-a-time you can at least begin to manage the stress  that comes from living in a time that demands our complete attention and much of  our precious energy. The goal here is to open up space in your day to recharge  and reinvigorate your body-mind for the next go-round of activity.

1. Medical research has shown that lack of sleep can stress the body more  than anything else you do. Make sure to get 7-9 hours of sleep each night for  best effect.

2. To make sure your body can sleep at night, reduce the amount of  stimulating foods, such as sugar, caffeine and alcohol, that you ingest each  day. For some people even one cup of java can cause insomnia. Stay away from  your computer or smart phone before bedtime as it can interfere with your  ability to sleep.

3. Take time each day to stop and do nothing. You can do this at your desk  with a few stretches and then sitting, lean your head back on the chair and  close your eyes for 2-3 minutes. Or, lay down on the sofa or bed and take a 5-10  minute nap. This is a very easy and effective way to refresh and revive the  whole body system.

4. Step away from what you are doing and make a cup of herbal tea, then sit  and sip it slowly.

5. Take a 15-30 minute walk outside in nature and focus on your breathing.  Stand and take deep breaths of fresh air and long exhales to expel the stale  indoor air from your lungs.

6. Take 10 minutes each day to sit in meditation. This can be done anywhere  you find yourself. Sit with your back upright, hands resting on your thighs,  close your eyes and let your mind quiet and empty. Bring your attention to your  breath and let the thoughts pass like clouds moving across a blue sky. This can  be a powerful moment for your body-mind to relax and rejuvenate.

7. Plan 1-2 days a week when you will not turn on the computer or watch  television. Use the time to hike in nature, read a good book, volunteer to help  a friend, clean out your kitchen cabinets and cook yourself a healthy meal.

8. Go on a spending diet and stay away from shopping malls and other crowded  venues. Instead, take time to be silent and alone with yourself. This is a  wonderful time to think about your life, to set goals, to plan and notice what  is and what is not working. This awareness allows you to make changes before  situations can get out of hand.

9. Put aside 10-15 dollars a week and indulge your senses with a monthly body  massage. This can go a long way towards releasing stress, worry and anxiety in a  short period of time.

10. Take a restorative yoga class at your local yoga studio. This special  form of yoga utilizes nurturing physical postures to relax, rejuvenate and  alleviate the effects of chronic stress in your daily life. Once you know the  routine you can practice at home in your personal space.

11. Light some candles in your bathroom, put on some soft music and take a  warm bath. Add some muscle relaxing bath salts and a few drops of Lavender oil  to calm and relax your mind.

12. As all your worries and fears rise up to engulf you, just remember what  is happening in the given moment. Anxiety comes from creating a negative future  in your mind, one that has not happened and will probably not happen. It is all  a product of your imagination and if you can stay focused on what is happening  in the present you can reduce the stress this way of thinking can cause.

By Delia Quigley

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