Looking for stress relief tips? You are not alone. Up to 50% of Americans report that they are under moderate to severe stress and anxiety, because of financial problems, work stress and the economy.
Stress is uncomfortable and difficult when you face a crisis, but when it is chronic or long-term, you risk getting a stress related illness or disease.
For example, chronic stress has been linked to high blood pressure, clogged arteries, anxiety disorders, depression and, to some extent, addictions. Even weight gain and obesity can be caused by nervous eating, increased cortisol and lack of sleep because of stress.
Good Stress and Bad Stress
But, did you know that good events can be just as stressful as bad events? For example, do you remember how you felt anticipating your first year at college, away from family and friends? Or how you felt as your wedding day closed in? How about that new job? Even though it was a great step forward, you worried about moving to a new city and whether you were up to the task.
Both positive events and negative events can be stressful for you. But I’ll bet that you have noticed that some people just seem to breeze along, looking like they have no cares in the world. And they seem to be under exactly the same stressors as you.
How does that work? Well it seems that there is more to feeling stressed than simply adding up the stressors in your life.
Stress Relief and Using Stress Positively
Some people have learned to keep balance in their lives—balance in work, rest, play and sleep. And they have learned how to control their thoughts and their attitudes.
You see, most of the stress that you feel is in your head. I don’t mean that you are imagining it. It’s very real to you. But your attitude and your thoughts determine how you react to a new situation.
Events, whether they are psychological, social or physical are stressors for you–ONLY if you perceive them to be.
Let me give you an example. An ice skater who competes in the Olympics, must train for many years, just for the chance to compete once. Anyone who competes in the Olympics feels lots of pressure and stress when competing. Qualifying for the Olympics is a dream–a chance of a lifetime.
Everyone is watching and this may be her one and only chance to compete at this level. This is her only chance to win the Gold and be the very best ice skater in the world.
But, there is more to it. Instead of feeling anxious and self-deprecating, she uses that stress or pressure to motivate herself to do her very best. The very same stress that helps to defeat some athletes, helps to make the best athletes press on to victory. Often we see Olympic competitors with outstanding performances, even breaking world records!
Stress can be negative or positive. It all depends on how well you handle it. Stress overload is not caused by being under too much stress. It’s actually caused by your inability to handle stress effectively!
And the good news is that you can learn how to handle stress and use it to your advantage!
Your Thoughts are Powerful
Henry Ford once said, “Whether you think you can, or you think you can’t–you’re right.” That pretty well sums up the importance of our thoughts.
Research shows that actual control of a situation is not so important. The important part is how you perceive the situation. In other words, do you feel like you are in control, or do you feel overwhelmed and not in control? Your answer reveals how you feel when you are under stress.
In fact, that’s why I started this website. I know that you don’t have to continue to suffer from negative stress and its emotional and physical effects. And I want to help you get stress relief and turn your life around.
My goals are simple. With my experience in Occupational Therapy, I learned some easy stress management tips and great relaxation techniques for stress relief. I’d like to share them with you and help you learn to cope with your stress.
Natural Remedies for Stress
Since I believe that there are safe, natural ways to relieve stress without using drugs, that’s what you’ll see on this site. It’s just how we handle things at our house.
Here is a sampling of what you’ll find on my site:
- How to sleep better – Getting a good night’s sleep makes all the difference in the world when you have to work or face a difficult day. You’ll find some practical tips to help you get to sleep, stay asleep and wake up at a normal hour, refreshed and ready to face the day.
- Hypnosis – a very effective way of changing your subconscious thoughts. Whether you want to lose weight, quit smoking or be more confident when taking a college exam, hypnosis is an easy way to help you get what you want…
- Stress at Work – Going to work can be stressful. You can feel pressure for deadlines, covering for vacations, and the competition of co-workers. You may experience bullying or even see violence. When you learn how to deal with these serious issues, you will feel more relaxed at work and you will feel better about yourself and your job.
- Anxiety and Depression – Both anxiety and depression are related to stress. And there are ways to overcome them, fairly quickly and without resorting to medications.
- Self-esteem – Low self-esteem makes your life more stressful. Learn how to boost your self-esteem and gain more confidence in social situations.
- Natural remedies – You don’t have to use drugs and medicines to control stress and anxiety. Discover which natural remedies work for stress and which ones don’t…
- Meditation – Meditation can help you relax–and it also has positive physical benefits, like lowered blood pressure and relaxed muscles.
- Anger management – Control your anger and lower your stress level. Learning to control your anger is not impossible. You just have to know how…
- Body language – This form of communication reveals a lot about you. Learn to read body language and you will have an advantage–in business, in negotiations and in relationships! You will also feel more confident.
- Fun hobbies – Who said that stress management has to be boring or uninteresting? You can relax while pursuing your favorite hobby!
Dealing with stress effectively will help you get more enjoyment into your life. You will have more satisfying relationships, make better decisions, and be more focused on your everyday activities.
Enjoy the articles on my site and please let me know if you have any questions or comments.