If_you_are_Stressed_-_Learn_to_Relax by zhucezhao


									If you are Stressed - Learn to Relax

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Unfortunately, stress is an every day fact for most of u these days.
Learn to relax before stress takes over.

Health, Stress, Anxiety, Relaxing

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In modern society it is becoming far more impossible to avoid stressful
situations. Too much stress can be unhealthy which is why learning to
relax is so important. We all cope with stress when we go to sleep at
night. While we are sleeping, our bodies become very relaxed and our
heart rate, blood pressure, pulse and body temperature decrease. This
allows our bodies and minds a chance to recharge allowing us to face the
next day with renewed energy.

In theory, relaxation does the opposite of what stress does. It gives the
body a break and helps cancel out many problems that stress may cause.
Relaxation can also reduce muscle tension. Learning to relax is like
learning a new skill. It takes practise to become good at it. Here are a
few ideas to help you achieve it.

Most of us take breathing for granted, in stressful situations our
breathing can go off sync and we don't even notice. This can lead to
muscle tension, headaches and anxiety. Performing deep breathing
exercises on a daily basis can help relieve stressful feelings.

Relax your Muscles.
Our muscles tense when we are stressed. Learn to recognise muscle tension
and then learn to relieve it.

Use Imagery.
We were all great at this when we were children, imagining things all the
time. Learn to use your imagination again to relieve stress. For example,
imagine you're sitting on the beach and can hear the waves crashing while
feeling the warmth of the sun on your skin.

Exercise can have a calming effect that makes you feel, think and perform
better. Yoga is an excellent relaxer. But even just going for a brisk
walk can make you feel so much better.

Ways to reduce your stress.
Firstly, take stock of your life and what may cause you stress. Look to
find a way you can eliminate or reduce some of the stress in your life.
By reducing the problems you can reduce the symptoms of stress.

Take a look at your diet, certain things we eat can all contribute to
stress. Caffeine, alcohol and sugar can cause stress, whereas fruit and
vegetables can help reduce it.

Quit smoking. Nicotine increases nervous irritability. While quitting
maybe a stressful process, in the long run you'll feel better once you've

Make time for recreation and enjoy yourself. Take up some new hobbies and
make sure you allow enough time for these each week.

Keep a positive attitude. Try and focus on the positive side of each
situation. Looking on the bright side lightens your load. You might not
like certain things in your life, but instead of letting them frustrate
you, try to accept them and find a way of working around them.

Have a massage once in a while. A massage will allow your body and mind
to be intouch again. In stressful situatiuations our mind and body loose
touch with one another. This contact needs to be re-established again. If
you cant leave the house for whatever reason or don't have a partner to
give you a massage at home try relaxing by yourself in the bedroom.
Climaxing is extremly relaxing. If you are alone or single, sex toys can
help you along with this.

Learn to laugh. Laughing can lower your stress levels and exercises your
heart and cardiovascular system. By brightening your mood you can improve
your well-being.

Finally, don't be afraid to ask for help. Read a book or even see a
counsellor to find out ways of making your life more manageable.

Stress can be a result of allowing daily irritations and frustrations to
take control of your life. It doesn't have to be like that. You can
anticipate difficulties, plan your time carefully, and be aware of how
you react to problems. By attending to a particular problem you can
create ways that put you in the driver's seat where you belong.

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