Master how to gain control of situations to
improve your life. Know yourself a little
better and understand why you react and behave the
way you do. Hope that you would find these tips
useful and handy.
GET A PET
If you are an animal lover, chances are that your blood pressure is
under control. Evidence suggests that having pets around helps keep a
lid on stress. Apparently, activities like playing with your pet and
tending to it can prove a great tonic for hypertension. Even such
mundane tasks like removing ticks from your dog or taking it for a walk
can be soothing for some. As can the constant chattering of lovebirds in
a cage. Or if you're a fish buff, watching them swim around, or cleaning
their tank could prove relaxing.
Watch Out If You
Are Stressed Out!
• Stress can wear down the part of the immune system that protects us
from colds and other viruses.
• Long-term stress takes another kind of toll on the body, by slowing
the time it takes for wounds to heal. The immune system that helps
repair damaged tissue slows down in people who are under strain for a
then watch out you might be arguing with your spouse for no reason. This
will further dampen on your immune system, and may leave you vulnerable
to illness. Stress not only makes you emotionally weak, even your
physical health is at stake.
Meditation is an
age-old practice, which can induce potentially beneficial changes such
as lower blood pressure and reduced heart rate. Meditation is sometimes
recommended to people with heart disease or other medical problems as
well as to anybody who are trying to control emotional stress. It
diverts the mind from the problems of daily life.
Meditation requires sitting or lying quietly, usually with the eyes
closed, so that attention is withdrawn from the outside world and from
customary activity. Some forms of meditation involve concentrating on
breathing in and out and repeating a word or phrase called "mantra"
aloud or silently. Meditation helps in controlling emotional stress,
achieving stillness of mind, state of serenity and a kind of spiritual
What's your immediate reaction to a stress? Do you get more stressed
out? Do you run away from the task at hand? Here are a couple of quick
• Take deep breaths, inhale over 16 counts and exhale over four, each
with an alternate nostril. Do this for five to ten minutes
• Pray or meditate for ten minutes.
instant relief from day to day stress. A ten-minute neck and shoulder
massage will revitalize you instantly. Do it yourself if no help is at
hand, or get hold of a partner who will do it for you and vice versa!
To Stay Stress Free
Hobby is a leisure activity, a past time, which should be a total
diversion from your daily routine. When choosing a hobby, many people
make the mistake of taking up activities closely related to their office
life: for example, a computer programmer may design video games in his
free time. Taking up completely unrelated hobbies will divert your mind
and reduce stress. If you are a number cruncher, try something creative
like painting or music, or if your job is high tech, try gardening or
bird watching. Hobby is not a commercial activity but it gives you peace