Managing Stress

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Manage Your Stress: A Three-Pronged Approach

This three-pronged model of dealing with stress provides you with a useful tool to help you understand the many ways you can manage and control your stress. You have three major choices. [more…]

Monitor Your Stress with a Stress Journal

Certainly, one of the first steps in mastering your stress is knowing just how stressed you are. A stress journal can show you what’s triggering your stress right now and can measure your ongoing stress [more…]

How Stress Affects You Physically

Your emotional distress (in your mind) is converted to physical distress (in your body). Your mind and body are far more interconnected than you might think. Separating the two isn’t easy. When your mind [more…]

Breathe Away Your Tension and Stress

Breathing properly is one of the simplest and best ways to drain your tension and relieve your stress. Simply by changing your breathing patterns, you can rapidly induce a state of greater relaxation. [more…]

How to Breathe Stress Away

Changing the way you breathe can make all the difference in how you feel and can alleviate stress within minutes. Sometimes, all it takes to make you feel better is one simple change. The following exercises [more…]

How to Practice Progressive Relaxation

One of the better relaxation techniques for relieving stress derives from a method called progressive relaxation or deep-muscle relaxation. This method is based on the notion that you’re not aware of what [more…]

Mind Over Body: Autogenic Training for Relaxation

An important approach to bodily relaxation for reducing stress is called autogenic training, or AT for short. The word autogenic means self-generation or self-regulation. This method attempts to regulate [more…]

Stretch Away Your Stress

Stretching is one of the ways your body naturally discharges excess bodily tension. You may notice that you automatically feel the need to stretch after waking up in the morning or just before retiring [more…]

Reduce Stress with a Self-Massage

Massage and other touch and pressure therapies are among the most popular ways of relieving muscle tension. If you can’t or don’t want to get a professional massage or a free massage from a friend, you [more…]

A Quick Warm-Up or Relaxing Soak Reduces Stress

Any concentrated expenditure of energy produces more stress by tensing your muscles, speeding your heart rate, and quickening your breathing. However, after you stop expending energy, you find that your [more…]

Reduce Stress with Thought Stopping

Sometimes an unwanted thought or worry grabs you and won’t let go. Perhaps you have an upsetting worry that continually intrudes into your thinking and keeps you from enjoying a pleasant evening with friends [more…]

Distract Yourself from Stress

Often your thinking turns to worries and fears when you have too much free, unfocused time. This unbridled worry can induce extra stress. You may find something to worry about no matter what’s going on [more…]

How to Use Your Imagination to De-Stress

One of the best ways to calm your mind and stop those unwanted, persistent worries is to use your imagination. If you can replace that stress-producing thought or image with one that is relaxing, chances [more…]

How to Meditate for Relaxation

Of all the ways to relax, probably the one that evokes the most suspicion is meditation. When you think of meditation, chances are you conjure up images of bearded gents in saffron robes sitting in the [more…]

Breath-Counting Meditation Reduces Stress

Breath-counting meditation builds on controlled breathing techniques and exercises and can alleviate stress. Breath-counting meditation is one of the most basic and commonly used forms of meditation. Here’s [more…]

How to Meditate with a Mantra

Probably the best known and most popular form of meditation is meditation for stress reduction is using a mantra. A mantra is a sound or word that you repeat; it can help you focus your mind and avoid [more…]

Do You Worry Too Much?

Some people worry far more than they have to, and in turn they do very little to effectively resolve their worries. For these people, much of their stress takes the form of [more…]

Identify Your Worries and Reduce Your Stress

Becoming aware of your worries and concerns gives you a starting point that can provide you with a focus for your change efforts. The exercises that follow give you lots of real-life material to work with [more…]

Your Hidden Worries and Your Stress Level

You may think that identifying your worries, which is a big step in reducing your stress level, is a cinch because they seem to be always on your mind, filling your thoughts, triggering your anxiety and [more…]

Compare Productive and Unproductive Worry

Worries can be productive, helping you manage your life and reduce your stress. On the other hand, worrying can result in unnecessary fear, anxiety, and upset. Understanding the differences between these [more…]

Control Your Worrying for Less Stress

Understanding why you worry will only get you so far — you need useful solutions to your worrying problems. This short list takes you to that next level, giving you the tools you need to change how you [more…]

Think Straighter, Worry Less

If you can figure out how to reduce worry and transform your self-talk into something positive and sensible, your stress level will be lower. Worrying is a process that starts when you perceive an event [more…]

Correct Your Thinking Errors that Cause Stress

If your worrying is excessive and causing extra stress, chances are your self-talk and thinking are somewhat out of whack, which means that you’re probably making one or more thinking errors. Here are [more…]

Stop Thinking Catastrophically and Reduce Stress

Worry is one serious cause of stress in many people's lives. Worriers are consummate catastrophizers and awfulizers. They are constantly vigilant, on the lookout for horrendous problems and imminent disasters [more…]

Three Stress-Inducing Habits

Much of your stress might be caused by your own thought processes. Below are three habits that can induce stress: conclusion-jumping, needing to be in control, and self-rating. [more…]


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