10 Ways to Reduce Life’s Stress

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Yikes, stress!

At one time or another, we have all succumbed to the dreaded, awful pains of STRESS! It can be an everyday occurrence for some, especially those learning to manage chronic nerve pain.

Is there a way to beat stress and come out on top? Even if we can’t live without it completely, there are ways to manage and live with stress successfully.

Now, for those of us who stress just a little more than we need to (and you know who you are) this may not be easy at first, but for the sake of your health, it’s worth a try, right?

So, let’s give it a try.

Breathe

All you have to do is breathe. When things seem too hard or the pain is absolutely unbearable, remind yourself to breathe. Inhale slowly and exhale slowly. Do this a few times to calm the nerves.

Exercise

Walk, run, swim, cycle, stretch…you name it, do it! Any form of exercise is better than none. You know why? With exercise, you have the ability to release stress and produce endorphins that create positivity and a job well done. Now, get moving!

Pray

The best way to destress is to pray to God. He is there when you need him the most — day or night. There’s something about taking the time to talk with God that everything around you — work, bills, health concerns, etc. — just seem to disappear.

Write

Writing is a wonderfully, creative form of expression to unleash your feelings. There is no right or wrong way to write. Feel free to keep a journal or if you’re at work, write on a sticky note. Writing is writing.

Laugh

Laughter is good for the mind, body and soul. It’s one of the easiest, most contagious things you can do to help unwind. Whether you’re socializing with friends or watching a hilarious movie, just laugh.

Sing

You don’t have to be a professional singer to enjoy a good tune. The next time you’re in the car, shower or even walking around the house, turn on the music and let your voice and moves do the destressing.

Give Thanks

Give thanks for all the wonderful things in your life. This includes: family, friends, God, work, children, vacations, house, dogs and cats, clothes on your back, food on the table, music on the radio, the trees, the sky and the air you breathe. The list can go on…

Unplug

Turn off the cell phones, iPads, laptops and all other devices that prevent you from enjoying life in its simplest form. You’ll be amazed at how refreshing and calming it is to step away from the emails.

Step Outside

Step outside for fresh air and enjoy the beauty of people, nature and life around you. This activity can take as little as five minutes.

Stay Positive

At the end of the day, that’s all you can do — stay positive. The sun will come out tomorrow and that’s the truth.

Life’s little pains have a way of sneaking up on us and that’s okay. Here’s why. We are strong individuals capable of conquering life’s stress with positivity, humility and a huge smile. 

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