What are some ways to relieve mental stress?

Updated on : January 21, 2022 by Ollie Thomson



What are some ways to relieve mental stress?

He used to smoke cigarettes. I haven't smoked for 2 months. Maybe more. I also stopped vaping ejuice. I am nicotine free. After 37 years of smoking, I was expecting more fight. It wasn't that hard to stop smelling, make a mess, deal with cigarette butts, the smell of my truck, my clothes, my yellow teeth, the smell. Did I mention the smell? Yet there was something nice about it.

Still, at least once a day, I look for one. Yesterday, just seeing a red Bic lighter made me pick it up and reach for… nothing there. I can no longer turn on and feel all my problems

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He used to smoke cigarettes. I haven't smoked for 2 months. Maybe more. I also stopped vaping ejuice. I am nicotine free. After 37 years of smoking, I was expecting more fight. It wasn't that hard to stop smelling, make a mess, deal with cigarette butts, the smell of my truck, my clothes, my yellow teeth, the smell. Did I mention the smell? Yet there was something nice about it.

Still, at least once a day, I look for one. Yesterday, just seeing a red Bic lighter made me pick it up and reach for… nothing there. I no longer get to turn on and feel all my problems dissolve into smelly clothes, and smelly hair, and smelly fingers. He smelled those fingers every time he took a drag.

For me lately, I just get hooked on some good porn and… haha. No I don't (Yes I do) I prefer cannabis, in edible form, or vaporizing cannabis oil, or even rolling a doobie. I also drink with Stella cold most nights. Just one is usually enough. I have a cold one with me upstairs. Sometimes I take it down again, unopened 3 different times before finally opening it at the end of the night and drinking it at room temperature.

I feel like the best way to get rid of mental stress is to avoid it from the start. I avoid jobs that require bad commuting. As a rule, I work 6 hours a day, so it is not that important when I normally stop after 5 hours. At the beginning of winter it gets dark and I am always distracted in the mornings. If I am rushed at work, I end up feeling rushed and I'm not very good at responding to someone's time frame.

I get a call about some work and a guy on the phone says, "Yeah, I guess it's a couple hours of work." I'm going to look for the first reason I can find not to be that guy who does that 'couple of hours of work'. If you say, "It took me a couple of hours on that, so a guy like you should take half that time." I'm nice about it, but the stress ends there. I don't sign up for those jobs. I do everything I do as stress free as possible.

It's funny, because the cigarettes I smoked to deal with stress saved me from so much stress when I quit smoking. I can just pay for my gas at the pump, save $ 10 a day on cigarettes, $ 10 a day on scrapers, $ 10 on candy and soda. That is about $ 1000 a month that I am not spending. Now, sometimes I have a $ 20 bill in my wallet for a week.

It used to be fun to have a set of clubs with me. He would walk into a practice field and grab and tear a bucket of balls. That is still fun from time to time. Now it has nothing to do with stress. These days that can cause stress pinching my back ...

A good dinner is good if the price is not something that will stress you out. Not going to the movies, not going to a restaurant, and not going anywhere to release stress will remove that stress from my life. I just don't get stressed unless I go out and try to vent. So, I am full of stress and I vent. He could well be smoking cigarettes. Just don't stress. Cool

It is easy.

Edit: I noticed that regularly (almost daily) I nail the siding and I cry with a hammer against a surface that will be covered with plaster. So maybe that's why it seems so easy to just relax. That could be a factor. Also, seeing a blade go through wood is very exhilarating for me. You are generating sawdust. I like to breathe in a certain amount of that material. It's fun getting things out of a house. All of these activities can account for a large part of my overall stress levels.

Stress is a deeply unpleasant state that depletes all the texture, beauty, and joy of being alive. It is a major cause of anger, depression, suicide, accidents, headaches, heart attacks, cancer, and countless other illnesses. Stressed people live poorer and shorter lives.

1. Give someone a hug.
Hugs are so important that they now have their own day. Hugs are good for stress relief. Hugging someone causes them to release oxytocin, a hormone that promotes prosocial behaviors that can contribute to relaxation, trust, and compassion.

2. Pet an animal.
More and more companies and schools ar

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Stress is a deeply unpleasant state that depletes all the texture, beauty, and joy of being alive. It is a major cause of anger, depression, suicide, accidents, headaches, heart attacks, cancer, and countless other illnesses. Stressed people live poorer and shorter lives.

1. Give someone a hug.
Hugs are so important that they now have their own day. Hugs are good for stress relief. Hugging someone causes them to release oxytocin, a hormone that promotes prosocial behaviors that can contribute to relaxation, trust, and compassion.

2. Pet an animal.
More and more businesses and schools are recognizing the powerful impact of petting animals in reducing stress. As I burned, my panic attacks increased and I stopped exercising because a pounding heart caused my brain flooded with anxiety to trigger panic.

3. Taste Something
Tasting involves consciously engaging in thoughts or behaviors that intensify the effect of positive events and positive emotions.

4. Smile.
I can't tell you how many times I go to the grocery store, doctor's office, restaurant, or other public place and the people I interact with look so grumpy. Emotions are contagious. You may be angry, hungover, unhappy at work, or having a hard time, but simply smiling will not only make you feel better, it will also signal to others that you want to connect.

5. Chew gum

For super easy and quick stress relief, try chewing some gum. One study showed that people who chewed gum had a greater sense of well-being and less stress. One possible explanation is that chewing gum triggers brain waves similar to those of relaxed people. Another is that chewing gum promotes blood flow to the brain.

6. laugh

It's hard to feel anxious when you laugh. It's good for your health, and there are a few ways it can help relieve stress: Relieve your stress response. Relieve tension by relaxing your muscles. In the long term, laughter can also help boost your immune system and your mood.

7. Learn to say no

Not all stress is under your control, but some are. Take control of the parts of your life that you can change and that cause you stress. One way to do this may be to say "no" more often.

There are three broad methods you can follow to deal with stress, including self-help, self-management, and medication.

Self-help to deal with stress

Exercise - Exercise has been shown to have a beneficial effect on a person's physical and mental state. For many people, exercise is an extremely effective stress buster.

Division of Labor - Try to delegate or share your responsibilities at work. If you become indispensable, the likelihood of you feeling very stressed is significantly higher.

Assertiveness: don't say yes to everything. If you can't do something right, or if something

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There are three broad methods you can follow to deal with stress, including self-help, self-management, and medication.

Self-help to deal with stress

Exercise - Exercise has been shown to have a beneficial effect on a person's physical and mental state. For many people, exercise is an extremely effective stress buster.

Division of Labor - Try to delegate or share your responsibilities at work. If you become indispensable, the likelihood of you feeling very stressed is significantly higher.

Assertiveness: don't say yes to everything. If you can't do something right, or if something isn't your responsibility, try to find ways to not agree to do it.

Alcohol and drugs: Alcohol and drugs will not help you better manage your stress. Stop consuming them entirely or cut them off.

Caffeine: If your consumption of coffee and other caffeine-containing beverages is high, cut back.

Nutrition: eat lots of fruits and vegetables. Make sure you have a healthy and balanced diet.

Time - Be sure to set aside some time each day just for yourself. Use that time to organize your life, relax, and pursue your own interests.

Breathing: There are some effective breathing techniques that will slow down your system and help you relax.

Talk: Talk to your family, friends, co-workers, and your boss. Express your thoughts and concerns.

Seek professional help, if stress is affecting the way you function; go see your doctor. High stress for long periods of time can be detrimental to your physical and mental health.

Relaxation techniques - meditation, massage, or yoga are known to help people with stress tremendously.

Stress management techniques

Stress management can help you eliminate or change the source of stress, alter the way you view a stressful event, lessen the impact stress could have on your body, and teach you alternative ways to cope. Stress management therapy will aim to follow one or more of these approaches.

Stress management techniques can be learned by reading self-help books or attending a stress management course. You can also seek the help of a counselor or psychotherapist for therapy or personal development sessions.

Many therapies that help you relax, such as aromatherapy or reflexology, can have a beneficial effect.

Medicines

Doctors do not usually prescribe medication to cope with stress, unless the patient has an underlying illness, such as depression or some form of anxiety. If that's the case, the doctor is actually treating a mental illness. In such cases, an antidepressant may be prescribed. Be aware that there is a risk that the only thing the drug does is mask stress, rather than help you cope with it.

Stress and tension are feelings that can often be experienced when a certain situation or task becomes difficult or exhausting. Humans have a tendency to take on stress fairly quickly, which can soon manifest into physical problems. While stress can become unavoidable most of the time, there are some easy and effective ways that one can try to relieve stress from both their mind and body.

  1. Physical exercise is a great way to relieve stress. Exercise releases endorphins that can combat stress and restore your mind and body to a relaxed state.
  2. Sleep management is also a necessary strategy that
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Stress and tension are feelings that can often be experienced when a certain situation or task becomes difficult or exhausting. Humans have a tendency to take on stress fairly quickly, which can soon manifest into physical problems. While stress can become unavoidable most of the time, there are some easy and effective ways that one can try to relieve stress from both their mind and body.

  1. Physical exercise is a great way to relieve stress. Exercise releases endorphins that can combat stress and restore your mind and body to a relaxed state.
  2. Sleep management is also a necessary strategy you must adopt to combat the effects of stress. Maintaining a regular bedtime and waking schedule helps you combat stress more effectively, as your body and mind are not tired from irregular sleep patterns.
  3. Controlling your food intake and the type of food you eat can also significantly reduce your stress.
  4. Yoga or meditation are great ways to relax and keep that tension at bay.
  5. Mindfulness is another wonderful technique that you can practice to be more present and in the moment. This will help you avoid constantly worrying about things that can raise your stress levels.
  1. Keeping a journal can give you a deeper understanding of yourself and your concerns. Keeping a journal also helps you vent and let go of all minor or major worries and stresses.
  2. Spending time with loved ones, especially pets, removes stress immediately and will help you deal with some other emotions that may be affecting your ability to release tension.
  3. Please! Take the time to do something you enjoy or participate in a hobby. This will not only help you relax, but will also encourage you to be more creative and open-minded.
  4. Listen to your inner voice. We may be alone, but that little voice in our heads always stays with us. If your inner voice tends to focus more on the concerns of your day, learn to change your perspective and teach that inner voice to appreciate your surroundings as well.
  5. Enjoy the nature. Take a walk or try gardening. Nothing helps you appreciate the moment more than being in nature.
  1. Manage your to-do list. We tend to list all the things we have to do in one day. However, our to-do lists are very specific to each task and are full of tasks that we must accomplish during the day. Adjust your to-do list to show not only your tasks for the day, but the different relaxation methods as well. For every three tasks you accomplish, add an item that reminds you to breathe or go for a walk.
  2. To laugh. Talk to your friends, tell each other jokes, or search for funny videos online. Laughing is a good way to release the tension we have in our body. It also allows us to rest and relax a bit so we don't get too nervous.
  3. Music to the rescue. Make a playlist of your favorite energizing songs that you can listen to while working or taking a break. Music can immediately put us in a good mood, so why not start the day with it?
  4. Move. As it is our job at the moment, we sit in the same position for hours without moving to give our body a chance to relax. Set a timer to remind you to move every hour. Try different stretches or dance a bit!
  5. Therapy! One of the best and most essential ways to relieve stress is to go to therapy. We don't even realize the type and amount of stress we have on our body and mind. A professional can not only help you identify that, but also equip you with the necessary tools to deal with stressful events or days more effectively.

Sometimes we seem to be obsessed with doing things.

All the time. Many things. Yes ... things. What things? I'm not sure, but if there are things, they should be done. Those things right there. Yes! Them. They must be done. Right. Now.

It's easy for us to feel like our days are like this. As if somewhere we had connected the idea that "to have a purpose" we must be "active" or "doing". This is a major source of stress for many people, because it can make us feel stressed or anxious when we are not doing anything.

By rethinking this, we can change our relationship to str

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Sometimes we seem to be obsessed with doing things.

All the time. Many things. Yes ... things. What things? I'm not sure, but if there are things, they should be done. Those things right there. Yes! Them. They must be done. Right. Now.

It's easy for us to feel like our days are like this. As if somewhere we had connected the idea that "to have a purpose" we must be "active" or "doing". This is a major source of stress for many people, because it can make us feel stressed or anxious when we are not doing anything.

By rethinking this, we can change our relationship with stress.

Occupation is not equal to achievement

I remember a time in my life when I was very busy. I tried to do everything I could think of. I worked late into the night. I went to the gym. I ran into friends. My work life slipped into the nights. I often felt stressed.

Then one of my managers told me 'being busy does not equal achievement'.

This simple statement made me stop and think.

I realized that I was trying to be busy all the time, because I thought that was what I had to do to get there in life. I had gotten used to being busy, but never stopped to ask why. Or more importantly, was it making me happy?

When we are always busy, it can distract us from what we are not seeing. And what we are not seeing could be the best way to complete a project, the difference between investments (with very different financial returns) or the perfect time to take the next step in the race.

Being busy is like speeding down a highway. It is easy to see what is in front of us, but not next to us. The trees on the side of the road seem blurry. Unless we slow down every now and then, we could miss the detour that would take us off the road and into the mountains, which could be a much more scenic and enjoyable route.

I know, it seems very metaphorical ... but the metaphor is useful.

If we always do that, we could spend our entire lives on the road and never enjoy what we have on either side. We know that roads can get us places faster than anything else. They can also be generic and very bland places!

Take the time to get off the freeway

In our modern age, it is harder than ever to find the places off the roads. It can easily feel like we're on the go, on the go, on the go. Emails in the evenings. Facebook as soon as we woke up. Less than 150 years ago, electricity was invented. Before that, it was candlelight and lamps at night. There was a lot of quiet time.

Now, I'm not saying let's go back 150 years. The modern age has done much of the world incredibly well. But one thing it hasn't necessarily given us (despite all its progress) is less stress. Even in the developed world, where living standards are incredibly high (in some places), people are still stressed and often less happy.

So, let's get back to my original point. I know we are very good at being busy. I know this because that is what I see in the workplace, on the roads, in our cities. Are we also that good at being still? How many people do you know who are excellent at relaxing when stressed? It's funny, isn't it? Naturally, we don't consider this to be a skill that is important to develop.

Do you get the same answer?

Often when I meet people, I ask them how they are doing. Very often I get the answer "Great. Yes, very busy, but great". I admit that I often find myself saying the same thing. However, if it was really cool, I wouldn't say 'but cool'. I would surely say 'and great'. Our unconscious knows when we are fooling ourselves. Intelligent unconscious. Well done unconscious.

Even when there is little activity, a lot can be happening

The strange thing is that being physically or mentally still in the activities we do does not necessarily mean that nothing is happening.

While we are still, we could be thinking deeply about a specific issue, so that when we act we know that we have made the best decision for ourselves. Sometimes this kind of deliberation about a course of action takes time. If we rush this process, we could select a course that leads us down the wrong path.

Movies usually do this well. Think of all the best movies you've ever seen. Usually there is a place in the movie where the hero is faced with a challenge. He is not sure what to do in the face of something gigantic, so he retreats to reflect and find calm. When the hero emerges from this process, he has made a decision about the action to take, which leads him to conquer the challenge.

Luke visited Yoda on Dagobah to extend his training, before rescuing Han Solo, Princess Leia, and Chewbacca. In Dark Knight Rises, Bruce Wayne rebuilds himself while in prison. I'm sure you can think of dozens of others.

In most of these examples, only when the hero is slowed down (either by his own decision or by some external event) can he find the best course of action. During this 'slowdown' you find your physical and mental center, which leads you on your right path.

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We may not all face challenges like in the movies. However, we do enjoy watching movies because, on some level, we all understand this journey that the characters go through.

In life, just like for heroes in movies, when faced with big choices, we look to ourselves to connect with what is meaningful.

So when we make our decision (even though we may experience some emotional upheaval or confusion when making a decision), our sense of calm is restored.

Make micro-elections big business

We are generally very good at slowing down when big decisions hit us. For example, when we are about to buy a house, when we are getting married, when we are selecting a new job. We take time to reflect on it or weigh the pros and cons. The bigger the decision, the more we feel the need to reflect on it.

For whatever reason, we don't follow the same rules for smaller options. If we wanted to, we could take time each day to reflect on many of the decisions we make. Not all the little ones, but at least some of the big ones.

It would help us reduce our stress, connect with ourselves and make the best decisions.

These micro-decisions can have a big impact. In fact, I guarantee you that if you add up 30 or 40 micro-decisions that we make throughout the year (for example, whether to start a new exercise program, to join a new study class, to plan something amazing for an anniversary) these can have as big an impact on our quality of life as any of the "big" decisions.

One last word

It may seem like I'm saying that all we have to do is 'think'. I am not. I understand that for there to be movement in anything (our goals, our desires, our projects), there must be action. And a lot of it.

I am saying that it is useful to mix busyness with reflection, activity with calm, doing with thought. To develop the ability to become 'less stressed', we need moments of inactivity (in which we are thinking, reflecting, reflecting on things, getting in shape), to direct the moments in which we are doing things.

So ... Be the character in the movie. Be the person who sometimes goes off the road.

Thank you for posting this question that helped me think and write about my own attitudes on this topic.

Become Your Brain's Best Friend - Treat it equally with challenge, respect, and kindness to help it recover from stress.

Here are 5 ideas that can help you get there.

Idea No. # 1 to release stress. Challenge your body so your brain can step aside.

Exercising, even if it is specific and brief, can do wonders for your brain. It improves your cognitive performance, your ability to solve problems, and even increases long-term memory. But even better than that: a physical challenge will get your mind focused on simple things, like figuring out how to breathe properly and how to move your body so you can g

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Become Your Brain's Best Friend - Treat it equally with challenge, respect, and kindness to help it recover from stress.

Here are 5 ideas that can help you get there.

Idea No. # 1 to release stress. Challenge your body so your brain can step aside.

Exercising, even if it is specific and brief, can do wonders for your brain. It improves your cognitive performance, your ability to solve problems, and even increases long-term memory. But even better than that: a physical challenge will focus your mind on simple things like figuring out how to breathe properly and how to move your body so you can get from point A to point B. Where do you start? Start with a mini-workout: a morning yoga routine, a beginner boot camp session, or a brisk 20-minute walk or run around your neighborhood.

Idea No. 2 to release stress. Train your brain to be calmer and quieter.

First, take a few minutes out of the day, perhaps after you've finished a particularly difficult cognitive task or experienced a stressful conversation at work, to close your eyes and calm down. Inhale and exhale deeply for a count of 10. This is a good way to focus your mind and turn off the noise. Another idea is to meditate for 10 minutes each day. It doesn't take long and can help you better deal with all those random thoughts that occupy you throughout the day and contribute to you feeling stressed, rushed, and overwhelmed. Try the Headspace app which makes meditation easy and even fun, especially if you are a beginner and would benefit from a little guidance.

Idea # 3 to release stress. Help your brain cope better with music.

Music is an effective stress-busting tool, if you know how to use it correctly. It can improve your mood: upbeat music gives you energy and helps you feel more motivated to get things done, while chillout music helps lower your blood pressure. It also affects brain chemistry by increasing levels of dopamine, a neurotransmitter that helps control the brain's reward and pleasure centers and is responsible for feelings of euphoria; it also stimulates the hormone oxytocin, which helps us bond with one another and build trust. No need for much preparation, just create a playlist of your favorite beats on your phone and put on those headphones.

Idea # 4 to release stress. Read more books.

Why read? This simple practice can lower blood pressure, stabilize breathing, increase endorphins, stimulate imagination, develop your critical thinking skills, and even provide insights on how you might respond differently to what is happening in your life. Start with a simple library membership at your local library; it's free, convenient, and has endless resources and opportunities to discover new books. Then set aside an hour each night for your reading ritual: turn off the television, step away from the computer, make a cup of hot cocoa or tea, choose soothing music to listen to, get some comfortable pillows and a blanket. For book ideas, use the Goodreads app to find topics that interest you,

Idea # 5 to release stress. Get enough sleep.

It is not unusual for this to be the area of ​​our life where we take shortcuts, opting to stay awake longer to study or work, all in the hope that this lifestyle will pay off better. In the short term (staying up all night every now and then) that can work. But overall, chronic sleep deprivation can be a strain on your nerves, it can lower your cognitive abilities, affect your concentration, and even lower your IQ. That is a scary thought! How much sleep is enough? That depends on many factors. To make sure you get into the habit of sleeping at the right time, Train your brain to relax each night by setting a bedtime alarm on your phone about 30 minutes before you go to bed and following a simple nighttime routine to help you. you relax more easily and comfortably.

The same situation can cause one person to be fearful and another to get excited in anticipation.

The person who is afraid experiences a lot of stress. The person experiencing excited anticipation is experiencing eustress.

Why do two people perceive the same situation so differently?

The way they perceive the situation and their ability to cope with it is different.

That perception does not have to be based on reality. The scared person may be more capable than the excited person, but their perception of themselves does not reflect reality.

The way to change your stress level is to change your perception.

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The same situation can cause one person to be fearful and another to get excited in anticipation.

The person who is afraid experiences a lot of stress. The person experiencing excited anticipation is experiencing eustress.

Why do two people perceive the same situation so differently?

The way they perceive the situation and their ability to cope with it is different.

That perception does not have to be based on reality. The scared person may be more capable than the excited person, but their perception of themselves does not reflect reality.

The way to change your stress level is to change your perception of the situation and / or your ability to handle the situation.

Be fired?

The belief that "I will find a better job that pays more money quickly." it will generate eager anticipation for the good that lies in your path.

How do you find that thought during the meeting when you find out that you are being fired? I did it by practicing belief. During the recession of a decade ago, whenever I began to have concerns about the state of the economy or my job security, I immediately reminded myself that the result of my last two layoffs was zero days of unemployment, a new job. where I earned a lot more money and had a job with more responsibility and more freedom that I liked more than the one that I was fired.

When the time came, I bit the inside of my lip to keep from smiling as I thought about the new job that made the most money coming my way. Total time between being notified of a layoff and my employer backtracking and immediately asking me to also serve on the board? 30 hours. Oh, and they were closing the local office, would I mind working from home?

Although it was the smallest benefit of a layoff, I accepted his offer.

The reason I was asked to stay was largely influenced by my positive and helpful attitude. If you are in a state of fear, you cannot project a positive and helpful attitude.

How do you create healthy thinking habits?

Let's start with what doesn't work. If your car stopped on the train tracks when a train is moving towards you and the electrical fault that caused your car to stop is interfering with your ability to open the doors and you never installed that safety device that would help you break the window and escape. That was in your sock last Christmas, nothing is going to help you. If you have a reassuring worldview about death, look for it. If you don't have one, it won't matter. It will soon be over.

But if you've been practicing positive thoughts for a long time, your mind will search for one as the train approaches you.

It is important to know that stress reduces your cognitive abilities. If you are stressed, you will not remember anything that will fix your problem. If you are less stressed, your chances are greatly increased.

Since you've been practicing, you remember the brick you have on the floor of the back seat. He left it there when he was shopping for matching bricks for the new flowerbed he was building. You have just enough time to reach the brick, break the window and jump before the train knocks down your car.

How do you practice?

You practice all the time.

You give people the benefit of the doubt.

You give situations the benefit of the doubt by assuming that even when something doesn't seem like it is going your way, it will ultimately be better for you.

You look for the positive side in every situation.

You trust that you are strong and capable.

Use realistic optimism.

You believe that you have the ability to influence the results you experience.

You lean in the direction of love.

You lean in the direction of trust, especially in yourself.

You understand that human behavior is influenced by the emotional state of the person, so when someone is rude, you see that it is a symptom of their emotional state and not something personal to which you have to react defensively.

If you want to do something, trust that you will find a way, even if you don't currently know how it will be done. You say general things like "I'll find a way."

You don't try to manage every thought you have. You think about 60,000 thoughts a day.

You pay attention to how you feel. When you have a thought that doesn't sit well with you, play with it.

Is this thought true?

Is it only true for me or is it true for everyone?

Are there other ways of looking at this situation?

Is there a hidden benefit in this situation?

Has anyone ever been in a situation like this and had a happy ending?

Have I ever been in a situation like this and walked out on the other side with a happy ending?

Is the bad scenario I'm imagining likely? What else could happen?

Lean in the direction of what feels best.

If you hesitate to lean in the positive direction, don't be. The correction for leaning in the positive direction is supported by a significant amount of research.

People who have a positive focus live longer and are more successful. They have healthier relationships, are less likely to get divorced, and less likely to develop problems with unhealthy coping strategies like alcohol and drugs.

There is one caveat. You have to set long-term goals. If you've set long-term goals for yourself, bad things won't attract you. If you've set long-term health goals for yourself, the positive emotions you feel toward a piece of chocolate cake or other treats won't make you as strong as you would be if you hadn't set long-term health goals for yourself. Likewise, if you set long-term goals for a happy marriage, your reaction to a sexy person who is not your spouse will not be the same as it would have been if you had not set that personal goal and made a commitment to do so. be a good spouse.

It will get better over time, but it feels better every time.

How you feel is a reflection of how stressed you feel. When you perceive situations as something you are capable of handling, your stress level decreases and you feel better.

Create something. Be creative. Enter to exit yourself to design, produce, create something artistic! It doesn't matter if it's good or bad. It is not the finished product you are looking for. It is the creative process that relieves or rather uses repressed stress and tension as a way to turn it into something tangible, something expressive, something that really is you!

Immerse yourself in anxiety, tension, fear long enough to get through it painting, drawing, learning a new piece of music on your instrument, throwing that clay on a pottery.

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Create something. Be creative. Enter to exit yourself to design, produce, create something artistic! It doesn't matter if it's good or bad. It is not the finished product you are looking for. It is the creative process that relieves or rather uses repressed stress and tension as a way to turn it into something tangible, something expressive, something that really is you!

Soak up the anxiety, the tension, the fear long enough to get through it painting, drawing, learning a new piece of music on your instrument, throwing that clay on a pottery wheel and getting dirty, put on the Chuck Berry records and dance to your beat . With your brains, get your bike out of the garage and take your camera for a video ride around your neighborhood. Why not put all those rusty screws and nails together and build a sculpture out of them that says, fuck it! Say ah. Cut your hair in an asymmetrical style or maybe dye it pink and purple. Learn something, anything, a new language, an old language, write long letters to your deceased grandmother whom you loved so much, or just make a great poster for your neighborhood picnic.

I discovered that I had a miniscule talent just by following my little voice that has been telling me for years and years, paint something, just paint something, it doesn't have to be good or a masterpiece. I love color and if I could I would make my shower water different colors for bathing. So about four years ago I started spraying acrylic paint on cheap canvases and it was not allowing me to analyze or judge my own process. That is not an easy thing to do when you have severe anxiety problems! But I made it fun for myself and learned that life is not about purpose, it's about being… ..and… .. I learned that I didn't need a purpose to have my own identity. As I continue to stir paint onto various prepared surfaces, I am learning that just being is enough and in a more spiritual vein. the true purpose of life. My GAD (Generalized Anxiety Disorder) is under control today and when it hits my face again I fall asleep but then I have to create something, whether I'm in a good mood or bad it doesn't matter. just do it and be ... or the zen way is to be what you believe ... the old hippie way is if it feels good, do it, if it doesn't feel good, do it anyway, because eventually it will feel good.

Process…….

You can use the following 4 steps to deal with mental stress: -

(a) Deep breathing

Stopping and taking deep breaths sometimes can relieve the pressure right away. You will be amazed at how much better you will feel once you get good at it. Just follow these 5 steps:

  1. Sit in a comfortable position with your hands on your lap and your feet on the floor. Or you can lie down.
  2. Close your eyes.
  3. Imagine yourself in a relaxing place. It can be on the beach, on a beautiful grass field, or anywhere that gives you a sense of peace.
  4. Inhale and exhale slowly.
  5. Do this for 5 to 10 minutes at a time.

(b) Slow D

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You can use the following 4 steps to deal with mental stress: -

(a) Deep breathing

Stopping and taking deep breaths sometimes can relieve the pressure right away. You will be amazed at how much better you will feel once you get good at it. Just follow these 5 steps:

  1. Sit in a comfortable position with your hands on your lap and your feet on the floor. Or you can lie down.
  2. Close your eyes.
  3. Imagine yourself in a relaxing place. It can be on the beach, on a beautiful grass field, or anywhere that gives you a sense of peace.
  4. Inhale and exhale slowly.
  5. Do this for 5 to 10 minutes at a time.

(b) Reduce speed

Modern life is very busy and sometimes we just need to slow down and relax. Look at your life and find little ways to do it. For instance:

  • Set your watch 5 to 10 minutes ahead. That way you’ll get places a little early and avoid the stress of being late.
  • When you’re driving on the highway, switch to the slow lane so you can avoid road rage.
  • Break down big jobs into smaller ones. For example, don’t try to answer all 100 emails if you don’t have to -- just answer a few of them.

(C) Take a Break

You need to plan on some real downtime to give your mind time off from stress. If you’re a person who likes to set goals, this may be hard for you at first. But stick with it and you’ll look forward to these moments. Restful things you can do include:

  • Meditation
  • Yoga
  • Prayer
  • Listening to your favorite music
  • Spending time in nature

(D)Talk About Your Problems

If things are bothering you, talking about them can help lower your stress. You can talk to family members, friends, a trusted clergyman, your doctor, or a therapist.

And you can also talk to yourself. It’s called self-talk and we all do it. But in order for self-talk to help reduce stress you need to make sure it’s positive and not negative.

So listen closely to what you’re thinking or saying when you’re stressed out. If you’re giving yourself a negative message, change it to a positive one. For example, don’t tell yourself “I can’t do this.” Tell yourself instead: “I can do this,” or “I’m doing the best I can.”

Best wishes

I believe that your ability to relieve stress is how you individually consume and expel stress. So for an entrepreneur, the stress will be very different from that of an ER doctor. Although stress still has the same inherent side effects, the way each of these individuals handles it will be very different.

These are just a few of my stress management / relief suggestions that have worked well for me.

Get a support group
By having a support group, you can process your thoughts externally. It's okay to think inside your head, but once you verbalize it, the vibrations will hit your subconscious and redirect you.

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I believe that your ability to relieve stress is how you individually consume and expel stress. So for an entrepreneur, the stress will be very different from that of an ER doctor. Although stress still has the same inherent side effects, the way each of these individuals handles it will be very different.

These are just a few of my stress management / relief suggestions that have worked well for me.

Get a support group
By having a support group you'll be able to process your thoughts externally. It's fine to think inside your head, but once you verbalize it the vibrations will hit your subconscious and redirect your irrational thoughts. You will also receive valuable advice from your support group.

Don't sit, get up
I've talked about this before but sitting slouched, hovered over your keyboard will only make things worse. Get up and move. I like to reach to the sky and then go straight into a standing hamstring stretch. It loosens you up and gets blood flowing.

Use a Stability ball
A stability ball won't be the "thing" that makes you stress free, but it'll help support proper posture. Proper posture makes you more confident, less tired and less irritable. This doesn't manage your stress but it'll help ward it off before it arrives.

Take deep breaths
By focusing on breaths, you'll briefly forget the worries that are troubling you. Take 15 deep breaths. As you inhale your diaphragm should expand and as you exhale it should contract. Focus only on your breath. By taking these focused deep breaths, more oxygen will reach your vital organs. Nothing like a little brain boost when stressed.

Get some rays
Have you ever gone to the beach or laid by the pool and felt completely relaxed? The sun has a natural calming effect but the added benefits are just being outdoors and getting fresh air. Mother nature is the "pill" to cure your worries.

Office decor
Buy yourself a couple of office plants. By having them in your office they'll help filter and regulate your office atmosphere. And it doesn't hurt visually, especially if you're in a cubicle.

Workout when you get home
Going home and working out is the best way to loosen up and clear the mind. After you'll feel more relaxed and rational.
Tip - Bring a paper and pen incase any thoughts flood your mind. You want to get them out of your head and on paper. This way you can refer back and focus on you and your workout, that's it.

Clear your mind
Easier said than done I know, but clearing your mind has a powerful effect. It declutters your thoughts and grounds you. Your mind races all day long. Slow it down and think about nothing. Get good at meditating each and every day.

Go to bed early
What? There is no way you can get to bed early. Spare me. Yes, you can.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 50-70 million adults have sleep or wakefulness disorder. The effects are HUGE. By reducing your sleep by as much as 30 minutes one night it can cut your day time alertness by 32%. Getting more sleep will not only energize you, it'll also significantly reduce your stress levels.

Eat well in the morning
By eating a healthy, well-balanced breakfast you're preparing your body for the full day ahead. Getting these essential nutrients first thing in the morning are key to warding off environmental and office stressors. Focus on quality protein and fat, with a side of berries.

Sincerely,

Nate Anglin

Hi dear friend!

Mental stress can have a huge impact on life, especially in difficult times like these. You can do many things to make it easier. Here are some things that can help you:

  1. Hobby. Take up a new hobby or reconcile your old hobbies. Listen to songs, sing, dance, make art, learn a new language, try new hairstyles, try rearranging your furniture at home. The idea is to do absolutely anything that might interest you.
  2. Exercise and meditation. Exercise is a great way to relieve stress. You don't need to opt for conventional forms of exercise. Just put on some upbeat music and dance
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Hello dear friend!

Mental stress can have a huge impact on life, especially in difficult times like these. You can do many things to make it easier. Here are some things that can help you:

  1. Hobby. Take up a new hobby or reconcile your old hobbies. Listen to songs, sing, dance, make art, learn a new language, try new hairstyles, try rearranging your furniture at home. The idea is to do absolutely anything that might interest you.
  2. Exercise and meditation. Exercise is a really really good way to release stress. You don't need to go for conventional ways of exercising. Just put on some upbeat music and dance like no one is watching you. Try on yoga, aerobics zumba or any other style you want. Also try meditation for at least half an hour everyday.
  3. Talk to your friends. If you can, visit your friends. If you cannot, just video call them and talk to them. Catch up on their lives. laugh with them. Listen to them.
  4. Look into the mirror and smile. Smile for 20 seconds regularly. It is a proven exercise to release stress.
  5. Read or write. Writing releases stress. Write out your feelings. Try to make it in the form of a poem or a story or just jot down points. Read books. Read fiction to get lost in an imaginary beautiful world. Read non fiction to learn some hard truths about life. Read anything you like.
  6. Family. Nobody is better than them. Talk to your parents and siblings and cousins. They are the best healers. Also, pray, take shelter within God.

You can do absolutely anything which interests you. Cook, eat, watch movies, watch shows, work, study but most importantly, rest. You are the most important. Take care of yourself. Take a long bath. Cry your heart out. Dance. Laugh. Stay in bed the whole day if you want.

If you ever need a friend to talk to, you can message me anytime you want:D

Stay happy and healthy!

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