How to Relax

  1. Exercise regularly. Aerobic activity is a natural stress reducer.
  2. Practice relaxation techniques, such as deep breathing.
  3. Know your limitations and set realistic goals.
  4. Pamper yourself. Take a hot bath, get a massage or curl up with a good book.
  5. Organize your life. Make a list of the things you need or want to do.
  6. Delegate tasks and ask for help. Friends, family members and many local organizations can help ease the burden of daily life
  7. Make time for yourself every day to do what feels good to you.
  8. Laughter is good medicine. Read a humorous book or see a funny movie.
  9. Eliminate or change stressful activities.
  10. Enjoy time with your favorite people.
  11. Give yourself a pat on the back.
  12. Avoid reliving your mistakes. Find out what you can learn from them and move on.
  13. Eat a well balanced diet, low in fat and calories and high in fiber. Avoid foods and beverages with high sugar, caffeine or alcohol. A poor diet can add to your stress level.
  14. Talk to someone about your problems. Sometimes, discussing your difficulties, worries and concerns out loud can put them into perspective.
  15. Be optimistic. It will help you handle the stress in your life.

 

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