Learning about Stress Reduction Techniques
The toll that stress takes on your life and your health can be quite damaging... especially if you let it continue over long periods of time. When you begin to feel that tension, it's important to counter-act it with a "relaxation response". This simply means that you need to do something to let you body know that it's okay to drop the defense and relax.
There are many different ways that you can initiate this response. Any activity that helps you relax and makes you feel better will work... however, it's important to stay away from drugs, alcohol, and caffeine which will only increase your agitation and anxiety.
You can use your creativity to come up with ideas of your own, or you can try some of the techniques that are commonly used for stress reduction.
Many of the most common techniques are relaxation activities and exercises. Many of them are easy to do, enjoyable and relaxing and can cost nothing (or next to it).
In addition to these, creative activities such as journaling, painting, and drawing are also common and effective ways to reduce stress.
Exercise is also an excellent way to relieve the pressure of life. Even small amounts of physical activity can increase your endorphins enough to make you feel relaxed and revitalized. In addition, exercise can counter-act some of the physical signs and symptoms of stress such as muscle tension and back pain.
Whatever stress reduction techniques you try, be sure to participate in them often enough for them to be effective and realize that by making these a regular part of your life, you can not only relieve your stress but begin to prevent it too.