Before you find yourself wound too tight, count on these tips for a welcomed stress relief!
Identify stress triggers
Pay attention to what situations, thoughts or feelings make you feel stressed. You can learn to anticipate and cope better when you have a plan.
Learn to say "no"
No is a complete sentence. Use it.
Breathe Practice deeply inhaling from your stomach. As you inhale, count to four slowly thinking calm, peaceful thoughts. On the exhale, empty yourself of stressful feelings again counting to four. Do this for a total of 10 times.
Aim for 20 minutes of exercise, walking or running daily. It is a great stress buster and makes you much healthier and improves your mood.
Make time for yourself Find thirty minutes in your day, just for you, that is "me time." You deserve it.
Practice Healthy Eating Habits
Food is fuel to nourish your body and soul. Try to drink 6-8 glasses of water, and watch your caffeine intake. Eat whole grains, and fresh fruits and vegetables.
Drink alcohol in moderation
An occasional glass of wine can be a great way to unwind. Too much will affect your sleeping patterns, mood and can make your more irritable.
Positive thoughts give you awesome energy and a boost. Sometimes, we concentrate on what's wrong and miss what's working in our lives.
Ask for help when you need it
Put out the SOS, flares, whatever you need. You don't have to do it all.
Be organized Get rid of clutter, write down a schedule, and plan in advance. Being organized will allow you to anticipate and eliminate needless stressful situations.
Relax It is okay to do nothing. Turn off noise. Let the rhythms of your breathing be your music.
Sleep Your body needs up to eight hours of sleep for optimal functioning. Take naps when you need to.
Understand how you cope Coping is a skill. Reflect on your coping patterns and use them.
Identify your sources of support
Find out who you can count on. Don't suffer in isolation. We are social beings...you need one person that you can trust. Weave your own web of support.
Printed from Oprah.com on Friday, December 6, 2013