There are many things you can do to reduce stress levels if constant worry or tension begin to make it hard to live from day to day. Learning how to manage stress will not eliminate stress from your life, but it can improve how you feel during stressful times.
Do activities that help you to relax and de-stress such as:
- Walk around your neighborhood or a park
- Get a massage
- Practice breathing and relaxation techniques
- Practice yoga or tai chi
- Talk to friends and family
- Talk with a professional therapist
- Attend a support group
- Make time for hobbies and things you enjoy
- Ask for help with daily activities such as housework, errands and cooking
- Pray or meditate
- Write in a journal
- Listen to music
- Watch your favorite TV show or movie
Find ways to sleep better when you are feeling stressed.
Learn a few simple relaxation exercises that you can do in bed, such as breathing exercises.
Breathing exercises are a good thing to try in bed if you are having trouble sleeping.
Learn and practice relaxation techniques such as guided imagery, progressive muscle relaxation, and meditation.
Learn to say "no" to things you that you do not want to do or have to do.
Try to take time for a few quiet and calming moments in every day. Wake up a few minutes earlier in the morning. Take a walk or just sit with your cup of coffee or tea and look at the new day outside your window. Consider planting a small garden or bringing home a few flowering indoor plants. Check them every day and watch their growth. Above all, remember to sometimes put yourself and your own needs first. You deserve the time you need to take the very best care of yourself that you can.