Stress Management Activity

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There are many fun and enjoyable stress management activities that you can use today to keep your stress and tension in check.

Stress is becoming a fact of life...but it does not have to be a way of life!

Don't let stress threaten your health and well-being.

Below we highlight a number of stress management activities that you can use today to take control of stress today.

They stress management activities may range from structured stress management techniques like breathing exercises or relaxation techniques to less structured activities like journalling.

Activities can also be as simple as listening to relaxing music or partaking in a hobby that lifts and inspires you.

What is important is what you find the stress management activity enjoyable and effective.

Coping with stress does not have to be a chore!

Here we provide stress relief activities that you can use today to reduce stress.

Breathing and physical exercises as a stress management activity

Diaphragmatic breathing as a stress management activity

Have you ever noticed your breathing when stressed?

One of the common stress symptoms is shallow breathing.

Noticing your breathing rate allows you to start managing it.

One of the simplest and most effective stress management techniques are breathing exercises.

The foundation for most deep breathing exercises for stress reduction is diaphragmatic breathing.

Diaphragmatic breathing counters the effects of stress by activating the relaxation response.

The following simple stress management activity can be performed just about anywhere. Here's how:

  1. Sit or stand straight and exhale completely.
  2. Inhale deeply through your nose and notice your belly expanding. Imagine the air filling your stomach from the bottom up.
  3. Hold for 4 seconds and now exhale slowly through your notice and count for 8 seconds.

    As you exhale imagine a wave of relaxation washing over you.

  4. Repeat this calming breathing technique once more.

Now try to do this deep breathing exercise several times a day and notice that the deep sense of relaxation that replaces the stress.

Mindful breathing exercises are part of the mindfulness based stress reduction program.

Relieving Stress by Exercise

One of the most effective ways to rid your body of excess tension and stress is through exercise.

When stressed there is a build-up of stress chemicals in our body resulting in a number of common symptoms of stress.

One stress symptom is excess muscle tension.

Exercise reduces stress and allows you to rid your body of these stress products.

Exercise does not have to be a long-run or a gym workout.

It can be as simple as parking your car another block from work or making the decision to climb the stairs instead of taking the elevator.

Exercise reduces your cortisol levels and increases your body's endorphins (the natural feel good hormones).

6 more stress management activities

1. Hypnotize yourself

No we won't have you flapping your arms like a chicken!

Hypnosis has got a bad rap, which is a shame as it can be beneficial to many areas of your life.

Stress management hypnosis gives you the power to relax on your command.

Self hypnosis has been a popular stress management activity for many years.

2. Organize yourself and reduce clutter

Getting rid of clutter or a spring clean can be a great way to get a fresh start.

This can be as simple as your work environment.

When I have worked with clients in big companies, just the act of cleaning the desk and organizing their files is reported by them as feeling more in control and less stressed.

Here are five time management techniques to reduce stress.

3. Listen to relaxing music

Whether it is listening to relaxing music of your favorite music, music can be a great tool for stress relief.

If you are in the office or commuting to work then play your music on your Ipod.

I talk more about music and stress.

4. Play stress relief games on your computer

Some stress relief games have been shown to reduce stress and some of the stress hormones in the body.

Stress relief games enable you to practice your stress management skills in a safe environment.

Stress games also help you to improve your thoughts and feelings about yourself, which in turn can help you to cope with stress.

5. Journal your stress away

Tap into your creativity and keep a journal of your stress.

If you enjoy writing then this creative activity can take you in new directions and open your mind to alternative ways of dealing with stress.

Research shows that writing a journal can be a good way to release, record, and work through your emotions.

If you like to solve your problems on paper then this problem solving technique may be useful to reduce stress.

6. A stress management activity to increase objectiveness around stress

Often one of the first ways to deal with stress is to keep a stress diary and record your causes of stress.

Knowing your causes and signs of stress and how you react to stress can be a good start to deal with stress.

This stress management activity can identify your sources of stress and how you react to them.

This then enables you to put in place quick tips for reducing stress and regaining control.

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