Friday, January 1, 2010

By Johnson Star

Curing stress is more complicated that what most people think it to be. The main goal in curing stress is to deal with so as the chance of getting into the exact same situations over and over is minimized if not totally eliminated. For this to happen, some inner traits that you have may need to be changed since they might be the reason you end up in the same situations that cause you stress.

To give a clearer example, take a look at your organization and prioritization skills is it effective in place or non-existent? The way that you organize and prioritize your activities can have a great impact on what kinds of stress you might be handling for the day. Of course, effective and organization and prioritization does not mean that you won't be experiencing any stress for the day, it just means that your stresses have already been anticipated and steps have already been taken beforehand making them easier to deal with.

For those situations that require immediate stress relief, there are a lot of methods you can try, but the levels of effectiveness will be unique to each person. It is important that you find stress management techniques that fit you personally; after all, the situations and needs that we have are uniquely different for each. Here are 3 or the most effective stress relievers that you can try when starting to feel overwhelmed:

Deep Diaphragmatic Breathing: Diaphragmatic breathing concentrates more on breathing from the abdomen rather than the chest to achieve full oxygenation. Diaphragmatic breathing allows your body to get more oxygen to where it is needed giving you an almost instant relaxed feeling.

Take a break: Had enough? Try taking a break even just for a few minutes. A breather is all your body and mind needs so you can regain focus. The further away from your stressor, the better; while there are exceptions, of course. If you can't leave the office, go somewhere. Grab a glass of water. Go to the restroom. Temporarily increase the distance between you and your desk.

Listen to music: Listening to music releases stress and tension. It lowers blood pressure and heart rate. Listen to any music that you find soothing. The objective of listening to music is to divert your attention to something more enjoyable, refreshing your mind in the process before going back to work.

There is no single way to cure stress for everybody. Never do something that you are not comfortable with. Start with something that helps you relax. In fact, everything that you find enjoyable will do.

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