Tips to Handle Stress and Anxiety

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C. J. Mackey is a working mother of three, balancing a full time career while taking an active role in her children's lives. She has an advanced degree in engineering and over twenty years making technology decisions for fortune 500 companies. For more Tips and information on Reduce Stress you can visit http://cjmackeypress.com/

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Tips to Handle Stress and Anxiety

  1. 1. Tips to Handle Stress and AnxietyEver increasing demands and fast paced schedules are causing everyones stresslevels to escalate. And for every stressor, there seems to be a medication outthere to counteract it . Unfortunately, the medications often come with sideeffects that can adversely affect your health. More and more people are lookingfor natural methods of relieving stress and anxiety. These methods are proven tohelp relieve stress and anxiety by using your bodys natural defenses. Here are afew to try in your daily routine to see if you can naturally reduce your stress level.Exercise - Theres no denying that most adults do not get the proper amount ofexercise they need on a daily basis. Vigorous exercise helps to relieve the tensionthat comes with a stressful lifestyle. This method will also improve your energylevel as well as release endorphins to elevate your mood.Yoga or Meditation - With the busy schedules that adults in todays world keep upwith, there are times when we forget how important it is to have a little "quiettime" or time for reflection during the day. By meditating or doing some form ofexercise that requires you to clear your mind, such as yoga, you give your overexerted body and mind time to focus. These types of activities allow you toconcentrate on your breathing, a technique used to slow the bodys heart rateand to relax. An employer I worked for a number of years ago provided yogaclasses during the lunch hour. At the end of the hour, we felt healthier, calmerand ready to take on the rest of the day.
  2. 2. Laughter - It has been said that, "Laughter is the best medicine." We have all atone time heard that famous line, but rarely if ever do we take it to heart. Laughteris one of the best and easiest releases for endorphins that your body has. Findinghumor in situations that are extremely stressful can be hard to do in the moment.But finding the time to watch a romantic comedy, or a favorite comedians stand-up routine, and laughing the evening away will not only elevate your mood, butwill also relieve stress.Enjoy Something - It sounds so simple, but look at your day-to-day life. Do youmake time for the things you truly enjoy? Something that relaxes you or takes youaway from the worries of the day? Whether it is crossword puzzles, crocheting,learning a new language, riding a horse, playing with your dog, painting, oranything in between, it is important to find one thing that you love to do and tryto make time to do it.We sometimes forget what a toll stress takes on our health, as well as our socialinteractions. Some will shake off this advice saying "if I had that kind of time, Iwouldnt be this stressed." I understand, but as difficult as it is for me to find thetime with a full time job and three growing children, my outlet is playing tennis.So at least once a week, while the weather is nice, I take a lunch hour and go hittennis balls at the park. It is probably the single most important thing that I do formyself, and by extension, everyone else who will come in contact with me.

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