Stress Management 

Ways to Relieve Your Stress.

The best way to manage your stress is to learn healthy coping strategies. You can start practicing these tips right away. Try one or two until you find a few that work for you. Practice these techniques until they become habits you turn to when you feel stress.  Stress-relief techniques focus on relaxing your mind and your body.

Ways to relax your mind

Write. It may help to write about things that are bothering you. Write for 10 to 15 minutes a day about stressful events and how they made you feel. Or think about tracking your stress. This helps you find out what is causing your stress and how much stress you feel. After you know, you can find better ways to cope.

Let your feelings out. Talk, laugh, cry, and express anger when you need to. Talking with friends, family, a counsellor, or a member of the clergy about your feelings is a healthy way to relieve stress.

Do something you enjoy. You may feel that you’re too busy to do these things. But making time to do something you enjoy can help you relax. It might also help you get more done in other areas of your life. Try:

A hobby, such as gardening, growing your own vegetables is an effective way to get started,

A creative activity, such as writing, crafts, or art. Making your own cards to send to people, or, covering old boxes with paper to create gift boxes for friends. The list is endless.

Playing with and caring for pets.

Volunteer work. Getting involved with a cause is a wonderful way of taking the focus off our own problems.

Focus on the present. Meditation, Prayer and guided imagery are two ways to focus and relax your mind.

Meditate. When you meditate, you focus your attention on things that are happening right now. Paying attention to your breathing is one way to focus. Mindfulness-based stress reduction is one form of meditation that is very helpful with managing stress and learning how to better cope with it, Praying is another way that people find helpful.

Use guided imagery. With guided imagery, you imagine yourself in any setting that helps you feel calm and relaxed. You can use audiotapes, books, or a teacher to guide you.

Ways to relax your body

Exercise. Regular exercise is one of the best ways to manage stress. Walking is a fantastic way to get started. Even everyday activities such as housecleaning or yard work can reduce stress. Stretching can also relieve muscle tension. For more information about becoming more active

Try techniques to relax. Breathing exercises, muscle relaxation, and yoga can help relieve stress.

Breathing exercises. These include roll breathing, a type of deep breathing.

Progressive muscle relaxation. This technique reduces muscle tension. You do it by relaxing separate groups of muscles one by one.

You might like to try a combination of these techniques.

In addition to practicing these skills, you might also try some other techniques to reduce stress, such as massage or music therapy, or even take up fishing.