To be honest, I’m too stressed to write this post now, thus my inspiration for this entry – STRESS! I’ve never before found myself in this deep a sea of stress. I’m trying to remind myself of how effortlessly I navigated my brain tumor diagnosis- Awe how easy that was! I just surrendered to the world and trusted that everything would be okay. OK- I need to try that logic again. I’m now saying to myself “Everything will be OK. Everything always turns out OK.” And truth be told… it always does turn out OK. You just have to know how to look at the situation and demand self-preservation when it all hits the fan. But enough about me! What do the experts say? Below I’ve copied and pasted tips from this article in WebMD.
Tips for Reducing Stress
People can learn to manage stress and lead happier, healthier lives. Here are some tips to help you keep stress at bay:
- Keep a positive attitude.
- Accept that there are events that you cannot control.
- Be assertive instead of aggressive. Assert your feelings, opinions, or beliefs instead of becoming angry, defensive, or passive.
- Learn and practice relaxation techniques; try meditation, yoga, or tai-chi.
- Exercise regularly. Your body can fight stress better when it is fit.
- Eat healthy, well-balanced meals.
- Learn to manage your time more effectively.
- Set limits appropriately and say no to requests that would create excessive stress in your life.
- Make time for hobbies and interests.
- Get enough rest and sleep. Your body needs time to recover from stressful events.
- Don’t rely on alcohol, drugs, or food to reduce stress. Ease up on caffeine, too.
- Seek out social support. Spend enough time with those you love.
- Seek treatment with a psychologist or other mental health professional trained in stress management or biofeedback techniques to learn more healthy ways of dealing with the stress in your life.
Awe, what wonderful advice! Thanks WebMD! I couldn’t have said it better myself. I know that the holidays can make everything so much more pronounced, so hopefully these tips help you. In the meantime, I’m sending you so much peace and a huge huge ))))HUG((((.