Family time should be a special time when everyone gets together for an enjoyable time. It should be a time to laugh, play and enjoy each other’s company. However …sometimes you need to be alone. Stress can come in short spurts or continually affect a person who’s going through major life changes. Other people in your life can bring on stress and make it more difficult to handle, take time for yourself …
You might say that you are doing all you can do and that there are just not enough hours in the day. But why? Maybe it is because you have spread yourself too thin. Please stop this madness, cut back on your actives. You are only one person. Make changes in your life and never feel guilty, feel better…
Think positive, things can change. When you dwell on the negative you’ll be overwhelmed by it. Write down what is bothering you, and some steps you can take, and then, move on. Let go of the past and concentrate on moving forward to reduce stress.
Here are some tips to help you ease the tension and relax:
- Listen to a CD with soft, soothing music while lying down in a comfortable position. Close your eyes and try to relax. This helps many people to reduce stress and stress-related pain.
- Squeeze acupressure points between your thumb and index finger for a few minutes on your right hand and then do the same on your left hand. “Women’s Health” magazine says a study at Hong Kong Polytechnic University revealed that acupressure can reduce stress by up to 39 percent. Acupressure is something you can do instantly to relieve stress fast.
- Take a warm shower or a relaxing bath. Afterward, put body lotion on and rub around where the pain is. The aroma will calm your mind and relax your muscles helping calm the pain.
- Drink a cup of hot green or black tea and put earplugs in your ears to shut out noise from other people or construction work. If necessary, Flavor your tea with honey, sugar or lemon to make it more satisfying. “Women’s Health” magazine reports on a study conducted at the University College in London, where 75 participants drank one cup of black tea before undertaking two stressful activities. The study revealed that 47 percent of the participants had lowered Cortisol levels. Cortisol is a steroid hormone that the body releases in response to stress.
- At the end of the day, try to limit TV time. If you are overwhelmed, try to limit watching the news. Instead, you can get up to date by receiving news on the net and scanning the headlines. It is less time consuming and will take no more than 15 minutes to scan local and national news. It can be just too negative, and you can still know what’s going on.
- Finally, Get a good night’s rest. Write down your thoughts so you don’t have to think about them. You need to be rested so that you can relax and recuperate.