Many people do not know that too much stress in their life can lead to all kinds of illnesses such as heart disease, diabetes, cancer, high cholesterol and high blood pressure. They think that the cause of these illnesses begins with poor diet, alcohol, hereditary illnesses, and so on. And while in some cases that is true, more often these illnesses are caused by too much stress. By practicing these 6 stress relief tips you will find that you will feel cool, calm and collected and you will stay healthy for many years to come.
Practice Meditation – Start with just 10 minutes a day and work up to 15 or 20 minutes. Find a quiet place where you can sit and be alone. As you sit quietly with your eyes closed let your brain release any stressful feelings. Try not to let new feelings or ideas pop up, but if they do, just allow them to flow through your mind and release them.
Socialize – Call a friend to join you for lunch or to go for a nice walk in the park. Have friends over for a potluck dinner and a game of poker.
Participate in Volunteer Work – When you get out of the house and participate in volunteer work you will become so focused on the task at hand and you won’t have time to worry, or to feel stressed about other things that are going on in your life. Plus you will feel better because you are helping other people, and giving back to your community.
Join a Hiking or Walking Club – A lot of universities and recreational centers create hiking or walking clubs in the summer that anyone can join. They typically meet once a week at a pre-determined location and usually include a guide that is quite familiar with the location and paths that you will hike through.
Spend Time Alone – If it is nice outside make yourself a nice cool drink and sit outside by yourself. Enjoy the sun and just relax.
Join a Support Group or Create One – Meeting with like minded people that are all dealing with some sort of stressful issues is very helpful. Look online and in the phone book for support groups that are led by a counselor and that meet on a regular basis.
The more you take time for yourself and get involved in other activities, the less stressed out you will feel, and the longer you will live a healthy life.