Things You Can Do To Take Control of Stress

When you are feeling stressed out, likely you will need a break or if you think you have tried everything, then read on. This article has a lot of information and tips on beating stress and how you can minimize the effects of it in your own life. It's also great advice to pass on to a friend.

Next time you feel stressed and want to give up, do the opposite. Fighting through stress by being proactive, is an important step to controlling the situation. When you are passive about the the situation, you can easily develop a growing level of helplessness, which will only add more stress to your plate. Get in front of the situation.

Personal finances can be one of the most stressful things a person can deal with. In this world, we are used to living above our means and this puts a constant strain on our minds and health. Our stress levels shoot through the roof as we imagine how we are going to pay the next bill everyday. Budget, and live within your means and try to take the stress of finances off of yourself.

One of the newer practices to reduce stress is using aroma therapy. There are hundreds of plant essences and essential oils that are known to have stress relieving qualities. A scent like lavender is known to produce a feeling of relaxation and calm while geranium will bring down stress levels. These scents can be used to reduce stress while working or while meditating.

Get a massage. Massage has long been known to decrease feelings of stress. A professional massage can relax your body as well as your mind. If you can't get a professional massage, you can give yourself a mini-massage by massaging each palm with the thumb of the opposing hand. The pressure will relax you.

When you find your self in a high-stress situation, take deep breaths to calm yourself down. This helps by giving you a few more moments to assess the situation. Deep breathing also adds more oxygen to your blood stream, which immediately helps to calm your body.

Stop procrastinating. If you wait until the very last minute to take care of the things in your life that you must get done, you are going to stress out much more about doing them. You may not want to do the things that you have to do but the longer that you wait to do them, the more stressed you are going to be when you do them.

One easy way to reduce stress is to disconnect yourself from the outside world for a while. Turn off the computer, turn off the phone, turn off the TV and just sit and read a book for a while. The people who need to get in touch with you can wait for you to check your voice mail.

A great way to deal with your stress is to get regular exercise. Try jogging, biking or swimming three to five days a week for about thirty minutes. In response to exercise, your brain releases endorphins, which help lift your mood and reduce your stress. Not only will you feel better, but you will get in better shape.

A good tip that can help you keep your stress levels down is to stop worrying about what other people are or are not doing. You only have control over your own actions. Worrying about what other people are doing constantly will make you feel very stressed all the time.

Stress doesn't have to be something that you always combat. If you use the tips that were given in this article, then you are well on your way to being in a better mood. While we can't eliminate it, we can learn to cope with and deal with it better.

Author's Bio: 

Cee Harmon is founder of Elevate Christian Network and Elevate Your Potential Magazine . He enjoys encouraging people to achieve their dreams and improve the quality of their lives -- spirit, soul and body.