12 Practical Ways To Relieve Stress

Jan 14, 2011

  1. Say no. Saying “no” to extra projects, social activities, and invitations you know you don’t have the time or energy for takes practice, self-respect, and a belief that everyone, everyday, needs quiet time, fun time or just time to relax.
  2. Prepare for the morning the evening before. Set the breakfast table, make lunches, put out the clothes you plan to wear, etc.
  3. Do nothing which, after being done, leads you to tell a lie.
  4. There’s an old Chinese proverb that says “The palest ink is better than the most retentive memory.” Don’t rely on your memory when you can write it down. Write down appointment times, when to pick up the kids, when to eat and when to workout.
  5. Listen to audiobooks that way if ever you’re stuck waiting in a line you just put on the earphones and enjoy your book.
  6. Allow 15 minutes of extra time to get to appointments.
  7. Chill out, something’s are just not that important.
  8. Unplug your (cell) phone and go watch a movie.
  9. When feeling stressed, most people tend to breathe in short, shallow breaths. When you breathe like this, stale air is not expelled, oxidation of the tissues is incomplete, and muscle tension frequently results. Every hour on the hour take 10 deep breaths exhaling slowly.
  10. Take a hot bath or shower to relieve tension.
  11. If an especially unpleasant task faces you, do it early in the day and get it over with; then the rest of your day will be free of anxiety.
  12. Sleep
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