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7 Stress Management Basics for you

Stress is part of our everyday lives. How do we minimize its effects? What simple, easy things can we do each day and each week to keep the 'bad stress' away? Here are a few basic Stress Management Techniques and fundamentals that you can incorporate into a regular routine. Make these 7 basics a part of your life and stress-free living will be your reward. Practice them whenever you need them and even when you don't.

It has been said before, it will be said again, "when you are too busy to take a break, that is when you most need to take a break." Keep this in mind when you are at your worst. The most successful and happy people in life ALWAYS KNOW when to take a break! They also know how to become a champion by simply establishing good habits in a regular routine.

For each of the 7 tips, we will have a complete and thorough treatment for you in our Stress Relief Guide and future articles, but the basics are enough to find relief right now. Here goes.

Let there be Light

Get the right light and you will have lots of energy. The value of light to the human body is great. We all feel better when the sun is shining -- so take advantage of it to get those feel good hormones going in the body. Get outside as early as possible during the day. Invest in a light therapy box for your home and your work if you are stuck inside all day. For those in the northern latitudes and those who get the Winter Blues, a little light therapy every day can go a long way. So, put a little more light into your life: your energy will go up and your stress levels go down. The best part? It is low effort with high impact.

Get the body moving

Stress is all about the fight or flight response in the body. So, if you are stressed, your body is ready for action.

So put it in action!

Get into action and cure emotion. If you are feeling angry, depressed or stress of any kind, just simple exercise will put the forces of human nature to work for you to release your troubles. You can choose any form of activity as long as you keep going for a few minutes to produce a response in your body. If you are fit, you know what to do. If you have aren't normally very active, you will be amazed at how good just few minutes of some kind of effort will make you feel. Start easy, try some light stretching, a walk around the block or some simple exercises. In just 5 or 10 minutes you can have the flow of your body working for you to relieve your muscle tension, release anger, pump up your endorphins and start feeling good.

Remember. Any exercise, any effort is good effort. You will be amazed at how just a simple few minutes a day at the right time will ease your stresses and bring you benefits in many areas of your life.

Get a mental tuneup everyday

Think about stress as a mental type of clutter, lets call it 'sludge'. This mental sludge builds up in your mind until it slows the flow of thoughts to a trickle. Now, you have more stress created because "I am so frustrated, I cannot think straight". Stop! Think about that statement.

What if you could protect yourself from ever getting that frustrated? What if it took you only 5 minutes per day to do that? 5 Minutes? I would certainly pay 5 minutes a day to keep myself thinking straight.

It is simple. Find a time every morning to write in a journal. The simple task of writing about your life issues, even if it is a depressing subject has been proven to have positive results. Write down 3-7 goals in your life that you can attain. Read these every day. Then write about what is good, what is bad, and what you are going to do about it. Done. Limit yourself to 5-10 minutes. It doesn't matter the quality of what you write, or what you write about, or if you save it or ever read it again. Just write.

Learn to take a break regularly

In a crunch for time? Stressed out because you don't have enough time?

Great!-- it is a signal to take a break. You can find renewed alertness, energy and a relaxed mind in as little as 3 minutes. How? Take a 'Mind-Break' for a quick de-stress tuneup.

*for a quick primer on taking the mental tuneup to the next level, see our quick primer on how to meditate on the Stress Relief Tips page*

Make Music a part of your everyday

Music therapy has shown numerous health benefits for people with conditions ranging from mild (like stress) to severe (like cancer). When dealing with stress, the right music can actually lower your blood pressure, relax your body and calm your mind. Here are some suggestions of different types of music to listen to, and how to use music in your daily life for effective stress management. For your benefit, we provide free to our members a selection of downloadable relaxation music that you can copy to listen to at home, at work or on the road. Just go to our homepage and sign in to our free member benefits and you will be taken to the download page

Improve your living space

Clutter and disorganization not only impedes our performance, but it has been proven to create stress. Not just stress from having to waste time searching for a misplaced item in a time of need, but just the general clutter in an office or bedroom can cause stress or poor sleep. Give yourself a well needed 'quick clean up' break of 3-5 minutes to clear out and clean up some space around you. Your mind's eye will thank you. Just trying it and see! And, you will benefit from a few minutes of getting yourself in action as well as that feeling of accomplishment. It will be a 3 way win when you take a break to de-clutter.

Give yourself the Gift of Good Sleep

We are a sleep deprived society. It is the norm that we all brag about how little sleep we get as it is a socially respected thing to sleep less so that we can do more. This is a false proposition. The majority of us sleep less than 7 hours per night, but over 90% of us need to sleep at least 7 hours to be at our best. Sleeping less creates stress.

Make these 3 things a part of your life and you will turn your fatigue and chronic stress into energy you never had before.
  1. Schedule 7 hours of sleep time, minimum.
  2. Get up and go to bed at the same time, each day of the week.
  3. Create a routine that gets you ready for a good nights sleep; make sure it is at least 30 minutes.
*if you need help to create good sleep environment, you can read this page