Finding a means of natural stress relief to deal with the stress we unavoidably encounter is, without a doubt, one of the most important things we can do. Stress in our lives is something that none of us can avoid.
No matter what our problems are, what causes them, whether we have control over them or not, everyone from medical professionals to our moms will tell us that we need to reduce our stress.
The Question. How do we do find "natural" stress relief so that we can avoid going on depression medications or visiting our psychiatrist weekly?
Moving to a tropical island sounds nice and does provide natural stress relief, but if it is inhabited it is very expensive to live there and you will need a really good job - more stress!
These are all questions we will explore as we look for ways of natural stress relief.
The Answer. Learning to deal with stress does not lie in the use of medication. Natural approaches actually work better because they deal with the problem, thereby teaching us how to make the problem go away.
Story. Dr. Merrill treated one woman who went to a hospital in another city to deal with her stress related problems and did fantastically well as long as she was gone. When she returned home, however, the problems that created the stresses had not gone away and in a very short period of time she was right back where she started.
Learning to Control the Source of the Stress.
The Notebook. Someone once suggested that I carry a small notebook with me in which I was to make two columns, one for things which irritate or cause stress. The other column would be for the things that bring a flash of happiness.
Doing this has been a great exercise. It helps me identify things over which I do have control such as being irritated while driving - is saving a few minutes worth an accident or even a ticket? Or when the kids spilled their milk - take the carpet out from under the table - then clean up is easy - they are kids - take a picture and save it for something to laugh about later.
This little notepad has helped me make attitude changes many times.
Contemplate. Gaining an understanding of the stressor or cause is important and necessary if I am going to find a true perspective of the size and nature of the problem.
I pick a quiet time when I am alone and can analyze the things I have written down. This helps me gain an understanding of what options of coping and adaptation are available. It helps me be able to set the goals I need to accomplish in order to change the current circumstance.
It also helps me identify things over which I have no control. By doing this it helps me see my path more clearly. Do I need to make a change in order to have peace? In extreme conditions even a career change or physical move may be the best long term solution.
Learn to Set Limits.
There is only so much time in the day and only so many things you can do at once. You don't have to be all things to all people. Saying "no" to some demands that are placed upon us is not a bad thing.
A few simple things that provide natural stress relief in a big way include:
Other natural stress relief activity outlets include meditation, hobbies, reading, exploring, really anything that is restful to you. A change of scenery and environment as a diversion helps calm you down and allows you to think through things more clearly.
Remember. No One Can Do This For You. It is an individual thing. Find what works. Then work it.
Abraham Lincoln said, "Always bear in mind that your own resolution to succeed is more important than any one thing."
"Tension is who you think you should be. Relaxation is who you are."
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