Posts Tagged ‘stress management’

Tips for Relaxation

July 15, 2016

Stress is everywhere. Good or bad, without proper self-care, stress can feel like it might swallow us alive. Why? Any time a change occurs causing an adjustment or interruption in our life, stress results. We then produce physical, emotional, and mental responses. However, certain exercises can activate the body’s natural “relaxation response,” which slows breathing, lowers blood pressure, and makes for a calmer and healthier you.


Relaxation techniques are helpful to reduce stress and improve our quality of life. We can even benefit our overall physical and mental health by reducing chronic illness, pain, anxiety, and depression. Practicing relaxation can also:

  • Improve concentration
  • Minimize feelings of anger
  • Lower heart and breathing rates
  • Reduce muscle tension and pain
  • Minimize fatigue symptoms


Let’s practice on relaxation technique known as progressive muscle relaxation. To begin, slow tense and relax individual muscles. Start with your feet and work up your body to your head. This helps you become aware of muscle tension when you are stressed.

There are a variety of other relaxation techniques, such as meditation, art therapy, massage, yoga, and deep breathing. These activities can be done alone or with the help of another person. Consider downloading an app or free guided exercise. You may find one technique does not work well for you. Be persistent until you connect with one yielding results.

Relaxation techniques may not completely eradicate the stress in your life, but they can lighten your stress load. They are often low-cost, low-risk for injury, and easily performed almost anywhere. So, why not try it? There’s everything to gain and nothing to lose, except maybe some extra stress.


Stress Management Strategies

May 13, 2014

Stress is something everyone faces, and it is no secret that it can be overwhelming. Moreover, if stress is prolonged or particularly frustrating, it can be harmful. It is important to recognize early signs of stress and do something about them. Doing so can dramatically improve the quality of your life.

Every day there are many tasks that need to be completed. Trying to take care of all of them at once is overwhelming. In the end, you may not accomplish anything. Make a list of the tasks you have to do; then work on them one at a time, checking them off as they are finished. Give priority to the most important ones and take care of those first.

Avoid self-prescribed medication to deal with stress. Although some people use prescriptions or over-the-counter medications to temporarily relieve stress, they don’t remove the conditions that first caused the anxiety. This means the problem continues. In fact, medications may be habit-forming. This often creates more stress, rather than decreasing it.

The best strategy for keeping stress out of your life is learning how to relax. Take time to tune out worries about time and money. Focus on relaxing and enjoying life.

Managing Stress

Discovering how to manage stress can enable you to better handle life’s demands. Bring more success and satisfaction to your day by using the following strategies from the University of Michigan’s Faculty and Staff Assistance Program.

  1. Set small goals
  2. Do your best on everything
  3. Learn to laugh under pressure
  4. Take time to be organized
  5. Avoid leaving loose ends
  6. Prioritize responsibilities
  7. Handle multiple tasks efficiently
  8. Enjoy your commute
  9. Plan ahead
  10. Identify your problems
  11. Examine your motives
  12. Be ready for challenges
  13. Avoid procrastination
  14. Find your productive time
  15. Let music soothe your worries
  16. Make time for fun
  17. Escape stress with relaxation
  18. Discover a new perspective
  19. Defeat anxieties by facing them
  20. Take inventory of your stressors
  21. Consider every option
  22. Attain a healthy outlook
  23. Increase your job enthusiasm
  24. Look at the positive side
  25. Keep your chin up