Ways to Relieve Stress

Stress can be a hard thing to manage. Fortunately, there are several ways that are discussed here that people may find fruitful. The best way to determine which one is best, is to simply try one or two until you find one you like and then stick to it.

The following techniques are some of the best stress relievers:

Write. Believe it or not, writing has a wonderful therapeutic effect, that helps clear the mind. As we go through the day, several thoughts become trapped in our mind. Writing perhaps only 10-15 minutes about the days’ activities can be a great help at the time when we go to bed.

Discuss. Talking about what happened in your day with a friend or co-worker, can not only make you feel better, but you can reel in their feedback and what they think. This can be especially beneficial when considering difficult life choices and what the outcomes might be.

Activities. Doing something that you enjoy to do is a great way of eliminating stress, even for a little while. Some of these include:

  • Cycling

  • Gardening

  • Volunteer Work

  • Arts and Crafts

Meditate. The art of meditation has been practiced since Roman Times, consisting of techniques designed to create a balance between them and body in hopes of achieving a stress benefit. Several groups of people such as the Buddhist, Daoist and Jain still actively use meditation in their daily rituals every day.

Visualization. Delving into a book or publication, like a travel magazine can give the illusion of being somewhere else, while still sitting in your living room. Other variations on this also might include going through a scrapbook and remembering time gone by.

Exercise. One of the most popular ways to relieve stress is introducing exercise, best when incorporated in a daily routine. You feel much better after a workout, especially when music is used.

Yoga, Tai Chi and Qi Gong. These are all forms of an exercise/meditation blend. More information about these methods are available at your local library or online.

Sleeping Tips in Your Life

Let’s face it, we spend 1/3 of our lives sleeping. So making a plan for how to best manage this time is paramount when determining which methods work best. The National Sleep Center, a non-profit group aimed at improving sleep through education, has conducted research on this topic and here are their recommendations:

Stick to a routine sleep schedule. You should always try to go to bed the same time, since this regulates the body’s internal clock.

Bedtime ritual. Adhering to a strict bedtime ritual, such as not having bright lights or music, allows us to fall asleep much faster. Try to do this every night.

Exercising daily greatly improves our ability to fall asleep easily. Room evaluation. You should always sleep at temperatures lower than normal.

Cutting back the heat at night and using a blanket, will give you a most restful sleep than if it were warmer.

Comfortable Mattress. The key to a good nights’ sleep is a good mattress.

Make sure the one you choose has the firmness and comfort you desire, and try and get a good one, as on average they have at least an 8-10 year life expectancy. Also important is to add the most comfortable pillows you can find. These tips will ensure a restful sleep, and you will wake up refreshed.

Circadian Rhythm Management. To ensure that your circadian rhythm levels are optimally tuned, you should always avoid any type of bright light towards evening, and bright light in the morning.

Avoid Depressants or Stimulants. Avoid alcohol, cigarettes or caffeine when going to bed, as these items retard the body’s ability to wind down longer before bed. Also avoid eating spicy food, due to the acids associated with it, and the possibility of acid indigestion that impedes sleep.

Wind-down Time. Reading a book prior to going to bed can be a relaxing alternative to simply trying otherwise. It is important to note though, that electronic devices such as the Kindle™, Glow Light™, and the Kindle Fire™, are backlit. The light emitted from the backlight stimulates brain activity more than a traditional book, and makes it harder to fall asleep.

Doing a relaxing Activity until you feel tired. When planning a bedtime regimen, it is important to remove certain items, such as computers, tablets or other electronic devices, as these are distractions that we don’t need to have visible. It is best to put them in a spare room or other area of the living space and turn them off if possible.

If after all these options don’t work, and you still have problems sleeping, a medical condition may exist that requires the advice of your doctor. You may also want to seek out the advice of asleep specialist, who may other treatments at his/her disposal.