9 Stress Management Strategies To Give You Relief


9 Stress Management Strategies To Give You Relief

* Learn some breathing exercises. They are simple to learn, free, and portable. One of my favorites is a technique called four part breathing. Here is how to do it: Inhale through your nose to a silent count of four. Hold the breath to a count of four. Exhale slowly to a count of four. Count to four and begin the cycle again. Continue until you are calm. Usually, within three or four cycles, you will find that you feel better. Four part breathing helps you to focus on something other than the stressor at hand. It prevents hyperventilation, thereby decreasing the likelihood of the fight or flight response taking over. Stress reducing chemicals that soothe you will be released throughout your body.

* Get regular exercise, preferably outdoors. Multiple studies prove that simply being exposed to natural environments offers healing rewards. Among the benefits are reduced pain, less stress, lowered blood pressure and an increased sense of wonder and belonging.

* Be sure that your night routine is conducive to sleep. Spend one half hour before bed performing a relaxing ritual. It may be drinking a cup of warm milk, sitting with a book in front of a fire, or meditating. You will sleep better and your dreams will be peaceful. Be sure that your bedroom is as comfortable as possible. Avoid watching TV or working on the computer before bed.

* Consider if you are involved in unhealthy relationships. If you are, take action. Limit your time with people who make you feel stressed. Spend your time among people who make you feel good about yourself. Consider joining a spiritual community or simply getting together with friends to play together (yes, adults need play time).

These are tips that help me every day. I hope that you find some that work for you too. Life is too short to be stressed out.


This article was written for Insights-on-Health.com in Nov 2013 by Patricia Bratianu RN PhD RH-AHG. Patricia has been a Registered Nurse for almost forty years in a wide variety of settings. As a Registered Nurse, she realized that conventional healthcare was not meeting the needs of all patients. She became an herbalist and obtained a PhD in Natural Health. Patricia is a professional member of the American Herbalist’s Guild, passing the stringent peer reviewed process to become a Registered Herbalist.

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