Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Seven Tips to Reduce Your Stress

With the semester ending and the holidays upon us, this time of year can be especially stressful if you let all of the madness get to you.  Perhaps you’ve heard it all before, but just in case you need a refresher on some “quick” tips to consider when you are feeling stressed, the following tips may help relieve your anxiety and promote a peaceful holiday and semester end:

• Deep breathing- Inhale through your nose, hold the breath and exhale through your mouth.  Make sure you are in a quiet place where you can focus on calming yourself down.  Then, refocus with a renewed purpose where you aren’t in the throes of anxiety.

 • Reach out to a friend, acquaintance or family member.   Connecting with another person can help to lessen anxiety and promote feelings of community and calm.

 • Engage in a soothing regimen for the body such as having a cup of tea, or scheduling time for massage, yoga or meditation. 

• Listen to some relaxing music such as nature sounds or perhaps the Pure Moods collection, as a way to unwind and promote relaxation.

• Retreat to a piece of fiction or novel that you enjoy to escape from day to day pressures and demands, when you can.

• When you find yourself with a lot of anticipatory anxiety about the future, remind yourself to stay in the present.  Learn to appreciate all of the outdoor scenery that surrounds you such as the changing of the leaves as you embark on the autumn season.

As a rule, aim for balance in your life; when you find yourself overworked or overwhelmed by too many emergencies and putting out fires, identify the area of your life where you need to restore balance and concentrate on these when you find yourself getting derailed by life’s demands and emergencies.  Maybe it’s more time for yourself or time with family, or perhaps community activities where you feel like a part of something that is making a difference.  For more information on this topic, visit this link.

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