Stress influences a person’s physical and mental health, which in turn affects their ability to make decisions, deal with problems, and interact with others. Managing stress is imperative for a productive, happy life. A person saying they are going to reduce the stress in their life and actually doing it is easier said than done. Here are a few steps people can take to ease tension and help them relax.
Imagine sitting in a room full of people who are completely stressed out, and someone offers a stress-reducing medicine that is free, easy to use, fun and legal. This “medicine” is often used in hospitals for cancer patients and is safe enough for children. This magic potent is called laughter. Laughter is a powerful antidote to stress and conflict. It causes healthy physical changes that strengthen the immune system and protect from the harmful effects of stress.
Nothing works better or faster to put the body and mind in balance than a hearty laugh. Humor connects you to others and keeps things in perspective. If the stress in the room is palpable, try to see the humor in the situation. Laughter is infectious. If you can find a reason to laugh, others will join in. When shared, laughter bonds people and increases cooperation.
Learn to say no. Saying yes may seem like the easiest way to keep the peace and prevent conflicts, but it may actually be counterproductive. Internal conflict arises when you agree to something you don’t really want to support. This will only lead to resentment and anger and add more stress into your life.
Consider taking up yoga. Yoga is a great stress reliever. Yoga combines mental and physical controls to attain harmony of mind and body. The relaxation techniques taught in yoga will lessen tension and anxiety. Yoga’s slow, gentle movements encourage relaxation and reduce stress levels naturally.
Stress management can be found in many forms, but no matter what method you choose it is equally important to get enough sleep, follow a healthy diet, and exercise. Find a combination that works and enjoy a healthier, happier, less stress-filled life.