10 Ways to Beat Stress

10 ways to beat stress Take control of your stress.
Life getting too much for you?
Things feel like they’re spiraling out of control?
Take a tip from the Stress Management Society to beat stress and get yourself back on an even keel.

1. Avoid tea and coffee Nicotine, alcohol, caffeine and refined sugar products are all stimulants, so will not calm you down. If you’re stressed, steer clear of tea, coffee and cigarettes-keep yourself well-hydrated by drinking water instead or chamomile tea.
2. ‘I can definitely deal with this’ Think up a self-affirming mantra to repeat to yourself (eg ‘I deserve calm in my life’, or ‘I have a choice in every situation’). Repeat it to yourself whenever you feel tense.

3. Agree with others once in a while Life should not be a constant battleground. so even if you disagree with someone, avoid conflict every now and again by just agreeing or keeping quiet. They have a right to their opinion (even if they are wrong!), just as you do.
4. Listen to your body When you are tired, hungry or thirsty, do something about it: rest, eat or drink.
5. Learn how to say ‘no’ Simple, but effective. Where a ‘no’ is the appropriate response, say it without guilt.

6. Get organized make a list of all the things that you need to do list them in order of genuine importance note what you need to do personally and what can be delegated priorities things that need doing immediately demote tasks that can wait you may find some tasks don’t actually need doing at all.
7. Get online When stress strikes, take five and calm down if you can on a favorite website or shopping, or a social networking portal. Taking a short break gives you valuable cooling time and enables you to get back to the issue in hand with a fresh head.

8. And breathe it out…Try this breathing exercise: Sit or stand in a relaxed position. Slowly inhale through your nose, counting to five in your head. Let the air out from your mouth, counting to eight in your head as it leaves your lungs. Repeat several times. As you breathe, let your abdomen expand outward, rather than raising your shoulders.  This is a more relaxed and natural way to breathe, and helps your lungs fill themselves more fully with fresh air. Repeat a few times to release tension, or for several minutes as a form of meditation. If you like, make your throat a little tighter as you exhale so the air comes out like a whisper. This type of breathing is used in some forms of yoga and can add additional tension relief.
9. Acupressure : You have acupressure points either side of the bridge of your nose. Rub there gently, and around your eyes.

10. Face exercises : Relieve tension in the face by lifting your eyebrows, then drag your fingertips – pressing firmly – from your forehead to the back of your head.

Oh, and a quick couple of sprays of Rescue Remedy itself too, of course. 

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