Understanding What Causes Stress
The first stage in preventing
and lowering your own levels of stress is recognizing what stress
is and what the major causes of stress are.
How is Stress Affecting YOU?
How stressed out are YOU?
Let's take a look into what may
be causing your stress levels to
be where they currently are.
Develop a Stress-Relief
Here are some tips for staying
healthy throughout the year on campus and more.
YOUR Stress Relief PLAN : Managing Daily Habits
Knowing how to manage stress
on a day-to-day basis can be just
as tough as dealing with the
stress itself. Here is a guide to
help you along the way.
Stress Relief Products
In addition to a regular stress management program, there
are many tools available to
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Some Stress Reducing Techniques For Spring
he arrival of spring means the approach of bathing suit weather -- a time of fear and apprehension for many people, especially women. Many women avoid swimming pools, water parks and other outdoor recreation altogether, afraid someone will comment on their figure flaws or that they'll feel too out of place.
Instead of missing out on the joys of spring and summer, learn to enjoy the days ahead, without being held captive by anxiety-provoking goals. Here's how:
Change your thinking. Instead of dreading the arrival of spring, take note of its possibilities. Visualize yourself living each day to its fullest, breathing in the spring air and enjoying the return of sunny days. See yourself enjoying activities such as hiking, biking with friends and splashing in the water. The first step to achieving a goal is to picture it in your mind. Then you can focus and make it happen.
Perform a simple self-assessment. Ask yourself "Am I doing all I could to keep my mind and body fit and healthy every day?" If the answer is no, then start reorganizing. Spring is a time of renewal, and it's a great time to slowly and patiently start incorporating healthier eating and physical activity into your life.
Write down some personalized phrases that you can use throughout each day to keep you focused on the goal of living well. One of the secrets to de-stressing is to learn to concentrate on your strengths, rather than your flaws. Use these written self-affirmations to neutralize negative thoughts. If your figure or your fitness regimen is still less than stellar, then remind yourself that "I'm doing the best I can to take care of myself. I am well and happy and fulfilled." And try to banish media hype and your own unrealistic expectations from your mind.
Participate fully in warm-weather events. Expand your mind, move your body and join in the fun! Try out a new sport or just get more active in general. Early spring is the perfect time to start the mind/body healing process and transform your life from a sedentary to an active one. A good trick is to add 10 minutes of feel-good activity, such as stretching, to energize your new routine.
Be realistic. Accept the way your body is right now and that it will never look or function exactly as it did when you were 18. But realize that that doesn't mean it's all downhill. Accept what you have and work with it. Buy clothing that accentuates your good points and quit stressing about the rest.