R - Rest a few minutes every day in a comfortable position with your eyes closed. Take time every day and inhale five times. Breathe slowly and deeply, making exhalations slightly longer than inhalations. Listen to music (no words, just soft music). You can either sit and listen or you might want to do some light work while the music is playing. This soothes and relaxes you while tensions decrease. You might be amazed how much better you feel.
C- Coffee, tea, and caffeinated soda contribute to tensions and anxiety. When you stop drinking these beverages, withdrawal symptoms such as headaches, sluggishness and possibly constipation might occur. This could be a time to call a friend. Talking things out with someone you know well can defuse anxiety and relieve tension.
H - Help is only a phone call away. Try a self-help group. It helps to talk things out with someone that has had the same problems or ones that are similar. They can help you with alternatives that are causing the anxiety. Your spouse can be a big help by just holding you close. This can simply melt away anxiety and tensions.
These are just a few things you might do to relieve stress. Get a pet if you don't have one. Dr. Alan Beck, author of Between Pets and People says that "when people pet an animal, their blood pressure, heart rate and stress drop almost immediately."
Take a warm bath. Bathing helps reduce stress by increasing circulation and relaxing muscles, which cause a calming effect.
Apply light pressure to both sides of your head at the temples. Move your fingers in a circular motion. This will help relax muscles throughout your whole body.
Have yourself a good cry. Crying and sometimes yelling will help release pent-up frustrations and stress.
Think positive! If you work at a yucky place, tell yourself, "at least, I have a job." When you get stressed out because of leaky faucets, tell yourself, at least, I own my own house and don't have to rent." Remember this and tell yourself. "If I am to change a stressful life, I must first change my attitude toward it."
Guess what the best medicine is when it comes to beating stress. It's Laughter! Did you get it right? That's because laughter, like exercise, makes the body produce endorphin. Endorphins produce a feeling of well-being that makes you more resistant to stress. So, to live a stress-free life, find humor on a regular basis in your day-to-day life. Laughter is a relaxant.
Let us MARCH into Spring stress-free!