In a season of “do more, with less”, coping with work stress can be a challenge. Whether its home, community service, or excessive workloads, jam packed schedules can eventually trigger stress related symptoms that can show up physically, mentally, and emotionally. I have recently been bombarded with challenging situations in my career, and personal life. Although I’m overwhelmed at times, developing healthy stress busters has helped me push through the challenges and remain optimistic.
Managing stress has become easier over the years, after discovering management techniques that work for me. No matter the level of stress, finding ways to manage stress has become very important for my wellbeing and overall health. I can remember a time when I was a ticking time bomb, waiting for ignition when experiencing stressful situations. Although its typical to have negative responses to stress, like anger or frustration, stress management has helped me to respond in more positive ways.
When I am in a calm state, I make better decisions and alleviate stress symptoms, like headaches, insomnia, anxiety, and angry outbursts. Over the years, I have developed my own preferable stress busters through trial and error. There are many ways to manage stress but finding the ones that work best for my lifestyle have been very beneficial to my health and relationships. The most important lesson that I’ve learned is to continuously work to stay at peace, no matter the level of stress. Remaining calm and participating in activities that help me relax have been the key to success. So here’s a few of my favorite stress busters
- Meditation can be very helpful in managing stress. There are many techniques and religions that practice meditation. As a Christian, I prefer breathing techniques and meditating on the Word. Through this technique, I focus in on scriptures in the bible that reveal God’s promises to believers. This gives my mind something more positive to focus on, instead of the issues at hand. Finding scriptures address my current areas of concern is also most helpful. Meditating in this way, is my #1 stress buster and it works every time.
- Exercise is good for your overall health and research shows that it increases your feel-good neurotransmitters, called endorphin (Mayo, 2017). My preference is walking and/or yoga. I love yoga, which is a great way to relax, stretch out my aching back, and clear my mind.
- I began practicing Aromatherapy about a year ago. I initially used aromatherapy as a alternative form of air freshener for my home. My kids suffer from allergies and I wanted an alternative for the more chemical based products like aerosols, plugins, and candles. My husband gifted my first essential oil diffuser to me for Christmas last year, promoting me to research the benefits of diffusing 100% essential oils. Since then, I have used aromatherapy to diffuse the essence of plants which can have a physiological, psychological, and spiritual effect promoting good health.
- Massages have also been very helpful in relieving stress and muscle tension. I was very surprised to find out how much tension builds up in your muscles when you are stress. When I added massages to my repertoire, I noticed the difference as early as the next day.
- Disconnect from all Media formats. For some people, this commitment may be a stretch. However, there are many new studies that suggest that people feel more stress when they spend hours on social media outlets. Although I love writing blogs, it has always been easy for me to disconnect
- Most enjoyable stress buster, SEX! Nothing relieves stress like a great orgasm and intimacy with someone you love.
Now that you have seen my favorite stress busters, share your favorite stress busters in the comments below.
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