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Stress Management - 5 Steps to a Calm Stress Free Life
When you're stressed it's difficult to feel calm and peaceful. Stress inoculation a technique that can either prevent, reduce or eliminate stress that can neither be altered or avoided.
But before we get into techniques to inoculate stress lets spend a little time reviewing why it's so difficult to have a calm life.
We suppress our feelings
There is clear evidence that suppressing emotions play a role in hypertension and cancer. People who habitually express their anger when provided have lower average blood pressures then those who suppress their angry feelings.
Unfortunately, many cultures today value your ability to contain your emotions - people who are able to keep it all together. Showing too many emotions indicate a tendency toward being undisciplined.
We overrate productivity
This is defined by how much work you can generate or who much money you earn. If rich you must be productive. Taking a nap during the day is lazy. Leisure time is necessary. Creativity and happiness comes from having enough room and time to breath.
We Isolate ourselves
Humans are naturally social. That's why social media especially twitter is so popular. We're meant to find safety in numbers. But for the past thirty years we've become more and more isolated. We work from home. We have fear of developing intimate relationships.
At some jobs it's practically against policy to be seen with your co-workers outside of the work setting. I know that seems a little exaggerated but take the example of the CEO and a office clerk. That would not only be the talk of the office it would be looked at as inappropriate.
We don't know how to relax
If you need to relax people often enroll in classes that teach yoga and meditation. You need to be taught because most of us can't simply sink back in a chair and do nothing. Our body is keyed up and the entire world is busy.
Although there is no one specific way to remain calm when your stressed it takes a few simple stress inoculation techniques to feel calm and peaceful.
1. Know how to relax - find a quiet place, get comfy. Breath slowly and deeply.
2. Eat right and exercise often - avoid caffeine and refined sugar, eat dairy products which may improve your mood. Make exercise a part of your daily life
3. Take a mini-vacation from stress. If you can find fifteen minutes a day, or one hour a week, schedule a walk around the block, lunch in the park, a sunrise or sunset alone, a bubble bath without interruptions.
4. Make time for yourself, your number one priority; once your own needs are met you will find you have more time for others. And you may find more pleasure in helping others when you don't feel that you must always put others needs before your own.
5. Have a good sense of humor. Be a resource to yourself. Try something new, learn to play again. Laugh. Laughter releases endorphins, chemicals in the brain that restore calm.
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