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Enjoy Stress Management Activities

When we think of stress management we tend to think of boring hard work. It doesn’t have to be that way. Sure you have to work at it but taking a balanced steady approach to stress management can be rather easy and extremely effective. We should use stress management activities in combination with typical stress management to help with results and to keep things fun and interesting.

What are some stress management activities?enjoy-stress-management-activities

There are many stress management activities. In fact some are activities we already participate in. Exercise of any form is a great stress management activity. In addition to being great for stress it is great for us. It is so easy to slack off and ease into a sedentary lifestyle, however it would behoove us to keep fit. We know how good we feel after we work out and we can link how good we feel, in general, to how much exercise we get.

Deep relaxation is one of the many stress management activities we have available to us. One method is to lay down with peaceful music playing, perhaps relaxing incense burning, and tightening each muscle one at a time. Begin with your feet, tense them up for a few moments and then relax them. Notice how good it feels to relax them. Move on through the entire body. Visualize yourself becoming more and more relaxed. You will be surprised and how much your mind can benefit this process. The more you practice the easier it will come and the deeper you will relax.

Remove clutter!

It feels good to have a clean work area and home. Consider a deep clean of the spaces you spend the most time in. Cleaning can be a bore but if you relax, put on some nice music, and think about how good you will feel when it is done than you can make it enjoyable. Put a twist on it and before you throw something out, break it. This is a nice stress reducer and it can be pretty fun.

Think about the healthy things you enjoy doing and set aside time to do them. Be sure not to do any activity in excess as keeping a balanced life is key to having a healthy level of stress. Enjoy your free time and try to relax and focus on what stress management activity you are doing. The more present in the moment you are the more affective they become. The same is true for all parts of life, living in the moment can unlock beautiful things in your life. So stay focused and relax!

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A Look Into Supplements

We exert a lot of effort to get and stay healthy. From exercising to eating a proper diet we a-look-into-supplementsexplore what works best for us. Some of us have access to better foods and facilities and can more easily achieve our goals of health. Others jog through neighborhoods in the dead of the winter and eat as healthy as can be afforded. Either way no excuse can be made to be out of shape and to be eating poorly. Food feeds our mind and body as exercise fuels these. Exercise is a very affective stress reducer and in general helps keep a healthy emotional balance. Lets take a look at some easy ways to improve upon the already hard work you are putting in.

Taking nutritional supplements is the quickest way to a healthier life. We have many options in many types of supplements. Protein drinks are all the rage in America. They come in many forms: whey, rice, pea, soy, hemp, and egg whites are the most common. Whey is the most popular due to the price but it is also hard on your sinuses and gives you an excess in your daily dairy intake. Soy is the second most popular but it is full of phytoestrogens which can cause a hormonal imbalance. Soy however is a very beneficial form of protein. Hemp is considered the healthiest, packed full of vitamins and minerals and is well digested. We may not need as much protein as we think. Western dieters think that protein is the holy grail. It is not and it is not needed in such large amounts. A regular healthy diet should get you adequate protein even if you regularly exercise.

Try the easiest and most effective supplement

Multivitamins are the single greatest thing you can do for your health in many doctors opinions. They give so much and all you need to do is take one tablet a day. Vitamins are so crucial to the development and maintenance of our bodies. They are far to often overlooked and their benefits are so vast that I won’t even start to discuss them. There use as a stress reducer is vital. If you are not already taking one you should check out our link to a free men’s multivitamin! Some other brands to look out for are New Chapter, Rainbow Light, and Mega Foods.

Fish oil is a key

Fish oil contains omega 3, 5, 6, 7, and 9 fatty acids. These are said to be needed for healthy maintenance of the brain, cardiovascular system, skin, and hair. It has shown in some clinical studies to protect against cancer, Parkinson’s , and Alzheimer’s disease! It is also very popular for mood support and alleviating depression. There mood support is said to affect anxiety and act as a stress reducer. These benefits are quiet amazing and you can get them just by eating fish regularly. If that is not a part of your diet you should strongly consider getting a fish oil supplement. Try the brand Nordic Naturals or New Chapter.

Probiotics for your digestion and immune system

Probiotics are beneficial bacteria that live in your body. They are commonly used to help with digestion and immune support. It is said that over 70% of your immune system lies in the intestines and supplementing with probiotics maintains a healthy intestine. They are also said to be good for lowering cholesterol, reducing inflammation, lowering blood pressure, preventing colon cancer, and to help with irritable bowel syndrome. Probiotics can be found in yogurt, keifer, and fermented foods. You can also take them in pill form or as a drink. Kombucha is a fermented mushroom tea that has probiotics in them and is becoming very popular in America.

The big three supplements that doctors usually agree on are a multivitamin, fish oil, and a probiotic. Give these simple health fixes a try!

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A Stress Reducer Game

Having a super stressed out day and need a nice fun game to play?  Download the desktop destroyer stress reducer game using the link below and whack away!

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Overcoming Mental Stress

Mental stress clouds our mind and our judgment.  It takes away from us good decision making skills and hinders our ability to think properly.  Stress is a response from the more primitive parts of our mind.  It is the fight or overcoming-mental-stressflight response that sends our mind into a focused chaos.  All non-critical functions of the body cease as you prepare yourself to avoid a dangerous situation.  This is how it is used in the wild; however we are creatures of an urbanized society.  The point of stress is rarely made in our everyday life.  Instead we feel the repercussions of the stress response as opposed to utilizing its benefits.

Setting goals

There are individuals in the world with extensive practice of meditation.  They eventually reach a point where they can control the involuntary actions of the body.  Hiccups, sneezing, even the dilation of the pupils are under their will power.  More importantly the fight or flight response becomes a choice.  This is quite a feat to accomplish and it is not one we can expect to accomplish without a great deal of practice.  Let us aim at a more achievable goal.

Lowering the fight or flight response

Lowering the fight or flight response is something we can all do to overcome mental stress.  It takes practice and the reprogramming our subconscious.  Tell yourself periodically that your fight or flight response is in your control.  Let yourself know that your response to non-dangerous stress isn’t one of fight or flight.  To get better control of the primitive parts of the mind we must utilize the subconscious.  It directly communicates with it as well as the whole body.  It listens to what we say and it does its best to follow your orders at all times.  This is not some pseudo-science, these are clinically proven methods of re-patterning of how you think and behave.

Gain control of your mind

To overcome mental stress we must gain control of the mind. We must adapt new techniques for handling old situations. Focusing and directing the mind in positive and constructive way will always be your choice. We can choose to improve ourselves for our benefit and for the loved ones around us. It is up to you and it always will be.

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Acceptance: A Powerful Stress Reducer

accept stressThere is so much happening in our everyday lives and through-out our enormous planet. An endless amount of news to watch and an endless amount of tasks to complete. There is so much to take in and so many goals to move towards. Time feels like it is speeding up and it can feel like an enemy working against us. There are so many happenings and so many subtleties to our everyday life, it makes it hard to stay balanced. One of the most powerful stress reducers in life is acceptance.

Accept the current moment as it is. There is NO reason not to. When you accept the world and its conditions a lot can open up for you in your life. Just think about it; you are in the conditions of your life and that’s the way they currently are. If you can accept where you are in life, if you can accept yourself for who you are then you can really get control of your life. Acceptance is a direct pathway to a better life. It is as powerful as it is simple. There are no reason or excuses to not bring the power of acceptance into your life.

When you feel like you are losing control of life take a step back, breathe, and affirm that the current moment is as it is and you are okay with it. This doesn’t mean rolling over to people and being unassertive, it doesn’t mean sacrificing yourself and your goals, it simply means to be ok with everything as it is. A peace will come over you and you will feel the stress float out of your mind and body. We must take back our lives so we can improve them for us and those around us. To be an example of peace and thoughtfulness to those in our lives whom we care about.

As far as a stress reducer goes, acceptance is a great choice to use in your life. It is empowering and enchanting, it is truly a method of joy. Take this skill in baby steps, don’t try to accept everything and when it gets tough give up. Just quietly make the change and build the habit one step at a time. There is NO reason not to!

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Eustress – The Positive Stress

Eustress is a form of stress that the body procures when it needs to preform a very exerting physical activity. It is used to give your body an extra burst that it needs to complete the goal at hand. It can also be used in a variety of other ways and it can be very beneficial. It is much different from emotional stress and doesn’t even connect to emotional stress. Physically, it is just as taxing on the body as distress, but eustress obviously yields better results.eustress-the-positive-stress

Other ways eustress is used by you is less practical and more selfish. Watching a suspenseful horror movie is an example of the body producing the eustress response. That is one of the reasons some people are so drawn to those types of movies. The adrenaline rush that come with eustress along with it’s other effects. This is not what eustress is for, but nature didn’t intend on us having film and television. It’s not a bad thing, per say, to use eustress for this purpose but it will have the same taxing physical damage as distress.

Eustress is a powerful and interesting concept. For the few that are familiar with the concept, it is often overlooked and often forgot. It is used to your benefit without you knowing it. There aren’t many ways to increase its effects and anything short of experienced meditation there isn’t a way to stop it. It is just there, a tool hanging in the workshop of the mind, ready to be employed in the situations that arouse it.

In the coming months the Stress Reducer team will explore the idea of eustress more and look for ways we can use it to our benefit. As of yet though it doesn’t look like anything we can modify or enhance on our behalf. Until then look around for other ways to take a positive spin on distress and see what ideas are to come in regards to eustress.

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Physical Effects of Stress

Of all the ways that stress effects us: emotionally, mentally, and physically they can all be very damaging. We are going to focus in on the physical effects of stress in this article and see what we can do to improve our condition when we feel it is overwhelming. There are a few points to highlight and a bit of chemistry. Knowing what stress is doing to our bodies can be a motivating factor to get over stress. There are many stress management techniques that we can use to our extreme advantage and know them is key to our success in life.physical-effects-of-stress

The physical effects of stress are apparent over long periods very clearly as well as short term. Although we may not link stress as the cause of these it very well may be. Headaches accompany excessive stress many times which only makes matters worse. This is due to the increased heart-rate and the release of chemicals in the body. There are two main chemicals released in our body when we undergo the stress response.

Adrenaline is one of the physical effects of stress, it is released into the bloodstream and increases our heart-rate and makes us on edge. It prepares out body for danger and gets it primed to respond with increased strength and quickness. Unfortunately this response is intended for nature and not for what we are likely experiencing in our life. It is a powerful chemical that the body can use very effectively, but with our urbanized city lives it serves as more of a hindering force than a helping one.

Cortisol is the other main chemical released. It has been a recent buzzword used in advertisements and is part of the sales trend lately. It is used in weight loss ads and stress relief campaigns. It is a harmful chemical in excess but a very helpful one when balanced. When it is not balanced it will suppress the immune system and damage the cells of the body. It can harm your hippo-campus and decrease memory. When balanced it increased blood sugar levels at appropriate times and aids in memory as well as a variety of other beneficial effects.

These are a few of the physical effects of stress, keep an eye out for them because they will harm you both short term and long term.

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Stress Management Strategies

Let us take a look at some stress management strategies we can begin to use in our life. Stress management strategies differ from stress management in that they are something to lay down as a foundation. They will be what you build the rest of your ideas and tools off of. They are the framework we will use to create a solid mind that is ready to handle anything the world can throw at us. We should rethink our current approach to our stress management strategies if we aren’t effectively stressed. They are not being effective but with the right individual ideas we can improve or drastically change them.stress-management-strategies

Some of us may not even use stress management strategies and just kind of go through the stress as something that is second nature. This is a hopeless approach and it is one no one needs to take. There are always options and there are always ways to improve our life. The following will briefly explain the ideas and get you moving the right direction to find the appropriate approach to employing stress management strategies effectively into your life.

First we must analyze what our approach very clearly and write out the pros and cons of it. There are an extremely wide variety of stress management strategies that people take in a very broad spectrum of beliefs. The most effective foundation is one that approaches stress as an opportunity. If we look at it in a positive light we can see options and solutions instead of frustrations and misfortunes. It is obviously very beneficial and it may be very hard for you to rebuild into. The benefits of this practical and empowering framework will guide you through life with a gentle yet powerful presence. It will show you many things about yourself and your environment you didn’t see. It will begin to dissolve the us vs them mentality and take you to new heights of happiness, thoughtfulness, and ambition.

This should be your fundamental approach to life. There are very few things in life that applies to everyone. We aren’t saying that this is what’s right and what your doing is wrong, we are just displaying the most rewarding perspective on stress and on life. We are not passing judgment on others, everyone is free to do what they want to do (as long as it’s not harmful to others) and we all have the freewill to be who we want to be.

This is the founation to the most effective stress management strategies as well as the idea shared by most of the successful people in the world. It may be hard to break out of old patterns, but with the right motivation and understanding of the benefits we can all transform into whomever we want to be.

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Workplace Stress

It doesn’t matter what job we have; a 9-5 office job, construction, food service, or anything else, we all get stressed from our jobs. Weather it’s a difficult client or customer, maybe the demands of you are to great, perhaps your working overtime or even two jobs the stress will be there. For some people it just comes from working at one place for to long and getting burnt out with the same stuff day after day and feeling trapped. Others may be brand new and realize this isn’t what they want to be doing. Whatever it may be workplace stress is almost always more excessive then it needs to be and changes can be made to improve your work life.workplace-stress

Stress management

There are many steps you can take and they all depend on your individuality and your workplace conditions. If your in an office a start can be to remove the clutter and add some enjoyable ascetics to it. The visual enhancement of your space will really affect your stress levels and productivity all the while projecting good things to your co worker and more importantly your boss. If you work at a place you hate you need to change your conditions or change your job. The conditions you change can both be external and internal, internal being much more effective. If you tell yourself day after day you hate your job and you dread going into work, it’s going to get worse and worse. Not because the workplace is getting more stressful or more difficult but because you keep telling yourself that it is. Your perspective is everything, really it is everything.

Grow a new perspective

People can be happy and content in relatively poor working conditions if they have the right perspective. Workplace stress can be cut down by changing your view on your work. It can also be lowered with proper stress management, combining the two will yield great results for you. Look around Stress Reducer and other resources and find what works for you.

Workplace stress doesn’t have to affect your life. Find stress management techniques that work for you. Look at your work the right way and you’ll be much, much happier!

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Practical Stress Relief

We at Stress Reducer feel for everyone out there who has too much stress in their life. It is an all to common feeling for a lot of us. A lot of us make it by day to day but there is just an excess of negative emotional stress and it takes a toll on us weather we think it does or doesn’t; chemically, emotionally and mentally we are negatively affected by excessive stress. It wears us out and it clouds our mind, it makes us feel unwell and it slowly harms our body with cortisol and adrenaline.

There are a few very practical stress revilers that can really yield stress relief. There are products out there that can help us. There are ideas that can help us more and there are techniques that are sure to give stress relief. We will discuss a couple and continue to write more articles related to this and other related topics. It is necessary to understand the cause of stress and to identify your stress, wpractical-stress-reliefhich has been talked about on our site. It is also necessary to adapt to these stressors or avoid them all together, rather than just using stress relief. You can find all of this info in previous articles and in future articles we will expand upon these ideas.

Practical stress relief

There are many stress relief products that we will talk about in the future, once we get a bigger picture of what is a quality product and what isn’t. There are fun toys to squeeze with your hands to help relieve tension. Chinese Baoding Balls are great for some and others don’t care for them at all. There are doctor prescribed pills that usually bring sleepiness as well. There are alternative medicines with less affect (depending on the individual) but much less side-effects. I want to present a very simple, true to life stress reliever.

Deep breathing and awarness

Awareness mixed with deep breathing. When you find a situation stressful you mind and body start to respond in it’s regular ways. If you can stop the stress in its tracks or at least relieve it you will have a much easier time doing so than when the affects are reaching their peak. You must be aware of stress beginning. If you are working by yourself take a 5 minute break an just breathe deeply and fully (as described in a previous article) and you are sure to feel better and can be more productive in your work. If you are in a fast acting situation, take a figurative step back from the situation and accept it as it is. Breathe deeper and feel calmness entering your body and mind. There is much to learn in stress management and many rewards to reap the benefit of.

Be aware and be calm!

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