Monday, February 9, 2009

Ten Stress Management Tips

I will be providing a few useful stress management tips over the next few days that you can use as you go about your daily functions.  A few may surprise you, but most are common sense that week forget much to our frustration.

Here are the first two:
1) Avoid stimulants when under stress, nicotine, alcohol and caffeine.

We all seem to turn to coffee, cigarettes and alcohol when we are under stress, but this should be the last thing you should do as stimulants step up your anxiety levels making 
it harder for you to cope with stress feelings and more difficult to calm down until the stimulants in your blood stream have dissipated. Water or a glass of fruit juice is all you need to keep yourself hydrated.
2) Exercise or physical activity is a great way to reduce stress levels.

Pressure or anger releases adrenaline in the body. Exercise helps to reduce it, and produce the‘good mood’ hormone, serotonin in the brain. If you don't like activity sport a brisk walk when feel tense is all you need.

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