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How to Apply Stress Management Techniques to Your Life

Have you read a ton of books on stress management, stress relief, understanding stress, or any other stress related material? Well, if you're reading this article, chances are that you haven't yet found the answers you are looking for.

 Oftentimes these self-help books include a rigid program that you have to follow in order to achieve results. But, in reality, applying stress management techniques to your everyday life doesn't have to be such a chore.

If you are trying to incorporate meditation, yoga, exercise, breathing, or any other stress relief technique into your life, there are simple and effective ways to include these activities without drastically altering your current routine. Following the steps below will help you find time to apply stress management techniques to your everyday life.

Lack of time is one of the most common excuses used to justify not taking proper care of yourself. If you continue to put yourself last, you'll undoubtedly remain stressed. 

So, no more excuses! Taking 5 minutes of each day to focus on yourself will start to make a difference in your ability to deal with stress. Think about it -- 5 minutes is more than enough time to take some deep breaths, stretch, sit quietly, or read a couple of pages of a book. 

After consistently taking 5 minute breaks to focus on yourself, you'll begin to notice a calmness and peacefulness come over you. You will feel more at ease and won't get as worked up over small stresses.

After you've been successful with taking time for yourself for at least 5 minutes per day, it's time to move on to scheduling time for your stress management activities.  You don't have to spend 1 hour per day doing your chosen activity -- try starting with 20 minutes. 

You may already spend at least 20 minutes per day watching television. If that is the case, you can use the 20 minutes for a stress relief activity that will benefit your health and well-being. 

Now that you've incorporated at least 20 minutes of a stress management activity that you enjoy into your life on a regular basis, it is time to take some other steps that will make your life easier and less stressful.

 Asking for help, as simple as it may seem, is one of the easiest ways to simplify your life. For example, if you notice that you feel overwhelmed after work, purchase take-out a few nights per week to help ease the burden of having to prepare dinner after work. If you have children, enlist their help when setting the dinner table or taking care of other household chores. 

One common theme among the suggestions provided above is the need for you to recognize that you can't do everything on your own. There is nothing wrong with asking for help when you need it. Once you accept the importance of taking care of yourself through stress management and stress relief activities, you will become a healthier and happier person. Your family and friends will also thank you!

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