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Natural Stress Relief Tips
Simple, Easy and Natural Stress
Relief Tips That You Can Use Everyday to Bring Back
a Sense of Calm and Tranquility In Your Life
Stop and Smell the Roses
There are many excellent natural stress relief options.
Herbal stress relief, vitamins for stress, yoga stress
relief, aromatherapy stress products, hypnosis for
stress and anxiety, meditation, books, videos... It's
enough to give you a stress headache just thinking
about all the stress relief available.
We'll provide you with information about all those,
and more, in other stress articles. For now, let's
keep it simple. Let's stop and smell the roses for
a moment. How to relieve stress...
Being subjected to bullying or mobbing can profoundly
affect our mental and physical well being. It can
feel impossible to escape the fear and obsessive thoughts
about the bullying we are going through. It is difficult
to find a moments peace as we bring the bully home
with us from school or work.
One of the most important stress relief tips
is to make the time and find ways that you
can relax. It can be as simple as taking
a bubble bath. Make it special, light some candles,
close your eyes and let the warmth embrace you. Feel
your muscles relaxing, the tension leaving them one
by one. Breathing in slow, even, calm breaths you
Important Note: This is time for you to relieve stress - no
thinking about the bully allowed!
Not into bubble baths? Here's another simple stress
relief tip. Play with your pet. Take your dog for
a walk, go to the park and play catch. Give your cat
a bath. No, just kidding about that one! We can forget
that our furry little friends are some of the best
stress relievers available - and they're all natural
Don't have a pet? Go for a walk anyway. If you are
under stress you need to get excercise. It doesn't
have to be fancy. A walk around the block once or
twice will do. Go ice skating, swimming, dancing,
anything to get some excercise.
When under extreme stress from bullying the stress
response (fight or flight mechanism) can become activated
for unnaturally long periods of time, in some cases
semi-permanently. This results in a cascade of physical
and emotional consequences. Relieving stress
by exercise is one of the best ways to help your body
deal with stress.
A great example of excercise to help you deal with
stress and at the same time improve self-esteem are
the martial arts. We've all seen people practicing
tai chi in the park. It's a great way to improve your
physical health while also dealing with stress.
Whether you encounter bullying in school or in the
workplace, or any other form of abuse, chi
kung (also called qigong) and tai chi chuan can provide a measure of emotional and psychological
sense of security and self-healing, as well as in
the form of physical self-defense. Qigong teaches
compassion and moral conduct. The self-defense aspects
of qigong, such as tai chi chuan, builds discipline,
confidence and self-esteem.
Exercise may also be good to help balance out another
consequence of stress. Which brings me to another
one of the stress relief tips.
Poor nutrition and a strong craving for carbs can
accompany high levels of stress. Your body under negative
stress from bullying will be on high alert and will
want to be sure to have quick energy available since
the fight or flight response is activated again (or
still). That means carbohydrates. Combined with depression
that can cause us to eat too little or too much (of
the wrong things) and our nutrition can suffer as
Your body and brain can't function properly
without good nutrition and a vicious cycle
begins. We become fatigued, irritable and more depressed.
Break the cycle and make sure to enjoy healthy, balanced
meals avoiding the carb overload.
What makes you laugh? Keep laughter in your
life. Rent some comedies and make an evening
of it. Make it a double or triple feature. Get comfortable,
sit back and have a good laugh. Laughter has a positive
physiological effect on your body and brain. It's
a great stress reliever and keeping your sense of
humor will help you deal with stress caused by the
After your warm bath, walk and an evening of laughing
you are going to need a good nights rest. That brings
us to the next one of the natural stress relief tips. Be sure to get enough sleep to recharge
Stress can interrupt your sleep patterns. Stress,
anxiety, depression and worry don't make for a restful
sleep. Racing thoughts can keep you from falling asleep.
You awake the next morning feeling exhausted. This
can also lead to a vicious cycle.
Going to work or school stressed, anxious, and exhausted
leads to more problems as we lack the focus and energy
to do our work properly. This can lead to more problems
and more bullying with threats of termination from
managers which only creates more anxiety, stress and
Relaxation, exercise and good nutrition will all
work together to help you sleep better. Make
sure to avoid stimulants, such as caffiene, near your
bedtime. Speaking of your bedtime, try to
get to bed at a regular time early enough to ensure
you get enough hours of rest.
Find ways that help you settle in for the night.
If it's warm milk and soft music - do that. Whatever
works best for you. You have to avoid the cycle of
staying up half the night worrying about what the
bully will do the next day. Going in to work or school
with 1 or 2 hours of sleep will only help to make
you more vulnerable and will play into the bully's
Establish as much regularity around your sleep hours
as you can so your internal body clock, the circadian
rhythms don't get out of whack. Disruption to circadian
rhythms can have serious health consequences including
heart disease, hypertension and cancer. The WHO International Agency for Research on Cancer released
in 2007 stating shiftwork that involves circadian
disruption is “probably carcinogenic to humans".
Here is another natural stress relief tip and it's
free and you can do it anywhere. Breathing. You
can calm your mind and your body by controlling your
breathing. You can lower blood pressure and
slow your heart rate by taking slow even breaths.
This can be confirmed with biofeedback equipment and
is one of the easiest stress relief techniques.
Try taking a long, deep breath inhaling through your
nose. Hold the breath for a count for about 6 seconds.
Then slowly exhale through your mouth also taking
about 6 seconds. Continue this stress relief breathing
exercise for a few minutes. Stop if you feel you are
hyperventilating or are getting light-headed. Note
how you feel before and after this exercise. You can
do this anywhere anytime you are beginning to feel
This stress relief tip involves keeping negativity
out of your environment. You may not be able to control
the bully and keep him or her away from you as you
may have to deal with them to keep your job (for now).
However, you can consciously avoid other people
in your life who bring you nothing but negativity.
If you allow yourself to be bombarded with hostility
you will have a difficult time overcoming the stress
you are feeling. Stop associating with people who
bring you down and are negative towards you or others.
You don't need, and can't afford, to have that kind
of influence in your life.
Another stress relief tip that is similar is to avoid
television, movies, music, newspaper articles, etc.
that are negative. There is so much bad news
and aggression in the media and entertainment. Give
your mind a break and stop feeding it poison. If everything
and everyone in your environment continually sends
you self-defeating, gloom and doom messages it's going
to become a self-fulfilling prophecy.
This just scratches the surface of some of the stress
relief techniques available to help you deal with
stress and protect your health and wellness.
While the information
here is provided to help you understand stress
symptoms and natural stress relief techniques
it is not to be used to self-diagnose or to
determine medical treatment or stress medication.
If you are experiencing symptoms of stress discuss
this with qualified medical practitioners.
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