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Coping with Stress

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The Basic Stress Relief Strategies

There are so many sources of stress these days that it is often difficult to overcome. Coping with stress has been a focus of employers, health insurance agencies, and medical professionals as stress has been linked to many different health issues. Unfortunately it is nearly impossible to avoid stress but there are many different things that we can do to help ourselves deal with the stress in our lives.  Coping with stress techniques are things that should become habits in your daily or weekly routines so that they are effective. Start by trying one technique at a time to see if the technique calms you even a bit. The more you practice a technique, the more it should help you deal with the stress in your life.

Handling Stress

Dealing with stress isn't easy and most people need more than one technique to be effective at handling it. Also stress from different sources may require different techniques to handle it. This is why it is important to have many different stress handling techniques that you can turn to as needed. Most techniques focus on relaxing your mind and many also focus on relaxing your body.

Writing

Many people find that writing in a journal relives their stress. A stress journal can be used to document different things that are bothering you each day which can help you manage your stress or find better coping techniques. Other people just write in a journal as a way to let their emotions out, especially after an emotionally stressing day.

Releasing feelings

Writing isn't for everyone and writing about your feelings isn't always enough of a release. Some people need to release their feelings through talking to others. Friends and family can be great for this but they may be too biased about the situation to help without adding more stress. A clergy or a counselor can often be a more helpful option for releasing feelings.

Making time for an activity that you enjoy

Time is one of the biggest causes of stress in almost every one's life yet time is needed to release stress. Coping with stress shouldn't be stressful; the key is to set aside time for an activity and then to not stress about that time. Remind yourself that you deserve some time for an activity that you enjoy doing. Tell yourself that you are doing it for your own medical health, peace of mind, or whatever reason you need to tell yourself so that you don't stress over the time that the activity takes. This activity can be anything you enjoy whether it is reading a book, tending to your garden, playing with your dog, or volunteering with an organization. Remember that this time is 'me time' and do an activity that makes you happy.

Meditating

Many people find meditating for even 10 minutes a day helps them to relieve stress. Other people have a very hard time emptying their mind and therefore find that trying to meditate causes them more stress. Something as simple as taking a couple of minutes in your car listening to your favorite before you go into work can help, as long as your mind isn't doing anything more than concentrating on the song.

Exercising

For many people, exercising is the best technique they have in overcoming stress. Even simply performing stretching exercises at work can relieve muscle tension which helps to manage stress. Yoga is a great form of exercise that also allows your mind to relax.

Coping with stress techniques are things that should become habits in your daily or weekly routines so that they are effective. Start by trying one technique at a time to see if the technique calms you even a bit. The more you practice a technique, the more it should help you deal with the stress in your life.

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