January 11th, 2014 January 5th, 2014
Stress is hurting our physical and emotional health and contributing to some of the leading causes of death in this country – U.S.A.” 2010 – American Psychological Association.
We all experience stress. Sometimes more tension with given particular situations or people. Although we have no control over what happens to us, we can choose how we act in these situations rather than reacting and feeling overwhelmed or frazzled. The more stressed we become; the more we open ourselves to physical illnesses. The more we need stress management tips.
See previous article Best Top 6 Stress Management Tips The following top stress management tips, if practiced, will increase our physical and emotional wellness.
More Top Stress Management Tips
1. Increase the Energy or Chi in Your Body
- Rub your hands together vigorously until they feel warm.
- Then cup them over your closed eyes for five seconds while you breathe deeply.
- Experience the comfort and release of stress.
- Again rub your hands together vigorously until they feel warm.
- Then with each hand rub the a kidney in your lower back at least 30 times.
- Experience the increase in energy and release of stress.
June 2nd, 2013
Stress is hurting our physical and emotional health and contributing to some of the leading causes of death in this country – U.S.A.” 2010 – American Psychological Association
We all experience stress. Sometimes we have more tension with given particular situations or people. Although we have no control over what happens to us, we can choose how we act in these situations rather than reacting and feeling overwhelmed or frazzled. We all need stress management.
The more stressed we become; the more we open ourselves to physical illnesses.
The following top stress management tips, if practiced, will increase our physical and emotional wellness.
Top Stress Management Tips
Stress Management 1. Breathe Deeply
Most of us breathe shallow and unconsciously. We begin by putting our hand on our abdomen just below the navel.
- We inhale slowly through our nose and watch our hand move out as our belly expands as we breathe deeply.
- We hold our breath for a few seconds, and then exhale slowly out as you push the belly in as far as possible.
- Repeat several times.
- Breathing deeply and consciously from our diaphragm increases oxygen into our blood which relaxes us and decreases stress.
Stress Management 2. Anchoring: Visualize or Imagine a Positive Calming Scene
- When we learn the technique of anchoring, we can relive the experience of feeling good and calm.
- Sit comfortably where you will be undisturbed.
- Close your eyes and relax your body by breathing deeply into any areas of your body, one at a time, where you feel tightness or discomfort.
- Go back in time or create a place where you feel good and at peace.
- It may be a beach or a mountain valley or a meadow with a stream. Visualize or imagine this place with all the sights, sounds, smells, and feelings.
- When you feel good and at peace, touch your thumb and 1st finger of each of your left and right hands together.
- Do this two more times, each time feeling the good feelings and peace as you visualize or imagine your peaceful place.
- Whenever you start to feel stressed repeat the anchoring method of and your stress will melt away.
January 2nd, 2012
Unease, anxiety, tension, stress, & worry — all forms of fear — are cause by too much future, and not enough presence. Eckhart Tolle
As a man how do you handle stress or as a woman how do you see men handling stress? What are the top stress relievers for men?
Men and women handle stress differently. Women make friends and talk out their feelings which increase their oxytocin.They feel good when their needs become met or they help others get their needs met.
We as men, on the other hand, shut down and retreat inside to find solutions. We feel good as our testosterone levels raise through achievement. We look for solutions as stress relievers.
Do you have a ritual to separate the chaos of work from the comfort of home? Do you change your clothes, shower, rest or zone out to distress? Any ritual you enjoy will do. Do something even if you work at home to separate work from being at home.
Let’s look at what I see as the top stress relievers for men.
September 7th, 2011
I wonder what stress relievers for men work best? What methods serve as your main stress relievers?
As men when stressed, we tend to run away from our feelings, push them into our unconscious, or when pushed beyond our limits blow up in a rage. Men, in general, seek the company of other men in some activity like golf or watching a football game to escape their stress and get relief.
Parents also have stress filled lives, including dads and stay-at-home dads (SAHD). Dads who work in companies or own them have the stress of work responsibilities, as well as even the well-being of employees.
SAHD have a variety of other stresses different than men and dads such as cleaning, cooking, child care, laundry and even home schooling.
One major stressor for stay-at-home dads revolves around frustration with the cleanliness of the house. Their wives feel that the home isn’t being cleaned to their standards.
July 11th, 2011
Stress Relief – What is the connection between stress and disease? Research has shown that stress starts at a cellular level in the DNA. Our DNA holds the destructive energy of our unconscious beliefs and feelings. This energy creates stress, which decreases our energy flow and over time affects our emotional health, as well as our physical body with chronic disease. To learn more see The Healing Code by Loyd and Johnson.
What are the top stress relief tips for women? Women when stressed tend to reach out to other women for emotional support and express their feelings. Women like to talk about their feelings and tell their stories, usually to other women. This are some of their methods of stress relief.
Stress Relief Tips for Women
1. Develop a Support System – Review and keep in mind what best brings you stress relief so you know what to do when stress builds up.
2. Cultivate Positive Friendships – Have friends you trust and feel safe with. Look for people who can provide you with a positive perspective, who stay calm under pressure, and who have emotional balance.
January 9th, 2011
7 Stress Relief Secrets
Have you experienced trauma, upsetting emotions or overwhelming stress? Do you feel disconnected from people or emotionally numb? What can you do for stress relief?
1.) EMBRACE YOUR FEELINGS
Rather than avoiding and pushing feelings away learn to hold and contain, like holding a baby in your arms, whatever pain you feel.
Be present with the sensations in your body without doing anything. Over time your feelings will transform, without any effort.
Be Here Now! Learn the skill of living in the present rather than the past or the future. This is a new way of looking at our internal world and stress relief.
Living in the moment with all our feelings and pain becomes an acquired skill. When we avoid and push our pain away, it remains as an undercurrent of stress in our lives, never healing. Has that method worked for you?
Ekhart Tolle describes in detail in his book The Power of Now how you can develop the ability of living in the now, the present moment. Tolle teaches you how your thoughts and emotions get in the way of living in happiness and peace without suffering.
Check out Eckhart Tolle, The Power of Now on Amazon.
December 19th, 2010
As a man how do you handle stress or as a woman how do you see men gaining stress relief?
As men when stressed, we tend to run away from our feelings, push them into our unconscious, or when pushed beyond our limits blow up in a rage. Men, in general, seek the company of other men in some activity like golf or watching a football game to escape their stress and get stress relief.
Growing up, the oldest of five, in a family with a raging alcoholic father, I withdrew into myself for protection. So I learned at an early age to bottle up my feelings. I lived with the stress of never knowing when my father would come home drunk and goad my mother into a verbal fight.
As a teenager, I never consciously thought about ways to relieve stress. I simply lived with it and the constant desire to find a way to escape the family as soon as possible. Living on a farm, however, gave me the chance to be outside and in nature a great deal of the time. Nature grants natural stress relief as well as being a mood elevator.
December 13th, 2010
You have a built-in mechanism for stress resilience, and that mechanism is human connection. Kelly McGonigal, Psychologist, The Willpower Instinct
How much stress have you experienced in the last year? What stress busters do you use?
How much time have you spend connecting and helping others?
Watch the video at the end of this article and learn how to use stress to strengthen your health rather than becoming less healthy.
In the meantime, read the stress buster methods below.
4 Stress Busters for Relief During the Holidays or Anytime
1. Breathe Deeply
A few minutes of deep abdominal breathing can provide stress relief and begin to calm us.
Place your right hand on your abdomen and push it out as you breathe in.
Then imagine all your tension leaving your body as you breathe out through your feet and your abdomen contracts inward towards your spine.
You can also focus on specific individual tension areas as you breathe in and relax these as you breathe out.
A few minutes of conscious breathing can calm us. The advantage is that we can do it anywhere such as seating at a desk, driving in a car, or walking.
November 28th, 2010
Women for stress relief tend to reach out to other women for emotional support and express their feelings. Women like to talk about their feelings and tell their stories, usually to other women.
Suzanne Kramss, a writer, story teller and mentor for the mentally ill, has handled stress over her life in these ways:
In the hormone laden years, women turn to their best friends when stressed – salt, sugar, and lots of chocolate. Sadly, food can easily become the source of stress eating.
Friends are the next outlet. We women tend not talk to our mothers when we are young, but as we get older then we cry the blues to them endlessly. We also talk to hair dressers and manicurists. You just have to be careful when your hair dresser has a bad day because you may end up looking like you are ready for the Westminster Dog show.
The higher your oxytocin, the higher your happiness and well-being, at least for women says Paul Zak, PhD, a researcher.
Why do men and women handle stress differently?
When stress strikes cortisol and epinephrine hormones elevate blood sugar and blood pressure for both men and women. The brain also releases oxytocin which counters the other two hormones, producing relaxation. Oxytocin may influence our ability to bond with others.
Women, however, produce more oxytocin than men which leads them to form nurturing relationships and to talk about their feelings more when they encounter stress. They “tend and befriend.”
Researcher Shelly Taylor, Ph.D. finds females under stress nurture themselves and their young – tend – and form bonds with other women – befriend.
Women, as a whole, tend to focus on looking after other people’s needs which can create more stress for them as a nonworking behavior. This, however, orients them to the value of relationships and female bonding.