Stress Management is an important part of everyone's life. It can lead to mental and physical ailments, of which can lead to serious issues, including death. I'm going to show you how you can manage your stress, without the quick fixes that can actually come back to harm you. While many people do rely on going out with the boys or girls and having beers or margaritas for stress relief, there's clearly better (and healthier) alternatives for long-term stress relief.
One of the obvious examples of Stress relief is to pamper yourself with whatever makes you happy, without causing health issues. No, I'm not talking about food, drinks or drugs. I'm talking about going out and getting your nails done, getting a massage and things of that nature. It's easy to get lost in a daily routine, so add something to your weekly routine and allow yourself to get pampered once in a while. It will allow you to finally relax and it's also something positive to look forward to each week.
Relaxation comes in many forms for many people. While I like to go outside and watch the stars during a quiet night, you may enjoy tuning out while listening to music, playing a sport or just taking a nice nap. Whatever relaxes you (in a healthy manner), go for it! Some people enjoy warm baths, swimming in a pool or just sitting in nature somewhere.
Yoga is something that everyone needs to try at least a few times. Believe me when I say that Yoga is not something that a newbie will look forward to their first time. It sounds so scary and painful, and it is in a way. But it's a stress relieving exercise that makes you feel extremely invigorated afterwards. You'll love it if you just give it a few times.
I love reading. Give me a good book and a nice space to get comfortable and I'll read for hours, getting lost in stories and away from biggest worries. While it's not for everyone, it is something that most people can use for stress management.
Walking outside is during a nice spring day is one of my favorite things to do, and my dogs love it too! Getting out and viewing nature will get your mind in a positive mood while you see how beautiful the world really is. Just make sure you bring water!
Hanging out or talking to friends about non-negative issues can put you into a great mood, which is obviously what you want to be in if you want to relieve stress. Pick up the phone and call up the most positive person you know and ask them how their day is. Try your hardest not to bring up anything that's even remotely negative. Worries come and go, but so do friends if you burden them with your stress!
A great Massage (neck and shoulders) can make you feel like a brand new person. Find some deals on Groupon or any other daily deal site for your area and get out to see a masseuse once a month, once a week or even once a day if you can afford it! If not, ask a loved one to massage your shoulders while you think about something positive and relax. No talking, just relax.
Hit the gym! Going to the gym will put you in a much better mood. It's been proven to relieve stress and help out with depression, and it's also great for your health, which is just an added bonus.
I hope these tips can help you to manage your stress. Believe me when I say that most problems are never as bad as you make them out to be. It's in our nature to worry and worrying causes more problems. Drinking and eating (or worse) only leads to more stress. Let me know what you think and be sure to add any suggestions below!