Stress Relief: Part 1

Due to the emotional wavering that can vary from moment to moment as well as day to day, stress can set in with a buildup of tensions, anxieties, and tightness that will hurt your ability to think and act wisely making ‘Stress Relief’ a necessity.


Stress Relief


In order to obtain and maintain Stress Relief you have several methods to choose from. Stress is a state of mental or emotional strain or tension resulting from adverse or very demanding circumstances.

“A relaxed attitude lengthens a man’s life.”–Proverbs

“Renew your mind with the washing of the Word of God”

Removing stress from your life takes more than prayer alone. You must ‘take action’ to make changes and stop doing whatever is causing the stress. You can learn to calm down in the way you handle things.

It is also important that we realize that stress doesn’t come from our boss, kids, spouse, traffic jams, health issues, or any other circumstances.  Stress comes from your thoughts regarding these circumstances.


Living a stress- free lifestyle is able to do wonders in eliminating depression.  If you truly would like no stress in your life, take the stress test and follow these practical methods to relieve stress:

1. Be Amused And Be Happy.

Laugh hard and loud! If you lack  a sense of humor, find someone else who has or watch a funny movie.  Laughter releases endorphin’s (happy chemicals) from the body, which helps boost your immune system.

2. Time Management.

You’ll find that you will be much more able to deal with stress if you have a good handle on your job, relationships, and other activities. When you are in control, you are more inclined to stay focused and calm.  Be sure to ‘Plan your time wisely.’

Always leave room for unexpected events – both negative and positive.  Allow yourself to be adaptable in rearranging your agenda.  Plan to get out of bed at least 15 minutes early in the morning.  Allow an extra 15 minutes to get to all appointments.

It’s important to avoid procrastinating on important or urgent tasks. Whatever needs doing, do it immediately. Always undertake the unpleasant tasks early, so that you won’t have to worry about them for the rest of the day. Keep an appointment or record book. Never just rely on your memory.

Make sure that you do your tasks one thing at a time.  Be sure to focus your attention on the present moment, whether it’s the person talking to you or the job at hand. This will help you to avoid making any errors – which will lead to more tension and anxiety.

Be patient in waiting.  Anxiety caused by impatience will raise  your blood pressure. Learn to Say “no” to requests that you cannot accomplish.

Delegate all  trivial tasks. You must remember that you don’t have to do it all yourself. Break down each job into separate tasks and assign them to people with the suitable skills.

3. Exercise.


Work Out  and Strive  to get some habitual exercise such as brisk walking, swimming or whatever appeals to your fancy.

You can play a sport  which you’re interested in. Aerobic exercises can considerably reduce the stress factor. Working out also improves your ability to sleep well and gives you time to think and focus on other things.

Exercise also promotes the release of natural soothing chemicals in your body.  Never result to excessive exercise, because this may have an adverse effect and might cause more depression.

4. Join A Support Group.

Joining a Support Group is another Stress Relief as it helps to manage stress much better just by having other people helping and supporting you. Did you know that married people and people who are outgoing (always meeting with friends), have considerably low levels of stress in their lives?

Always choose positive friends who are not worriers.  All friends who continually put you
down or talk gloomily about life will increase your anxiety. Talk over your problems with a trustworthy, positive uplifting friend. A long-distance call to an old pal can be great therapy.


Forgive others instead of holding grudges. Forgiveness is a great Stress Relief.  It not only frees the other person, but yourself as well. Perfectionism is not the means to
happiness. Become more flexible and adaptable to your environment.

Always communicate clearly with your co-workers, boss or team mates. Ask more questions. Repeat instructions that you are given. Clarifying directions at the start of a project can save lots of time later rectifying out misunderstandings. Be honest in your
dealings with others. Lying and cheating will always lead to more stress.

5. Learn to Take Deep Breaths.

Calm down your muscles, escalating your stomach and chest. Exhale slowly. Do it again several times. Follow your breath as it flows in and out. Do not try to have power over it.

This is a good way to relax in the midst of any activity. This practice allows you to find a breathing pattern that is natural and relaxing to you.

Make use of this yoga technique:

Inhale slowly, counting to eight. Exhale through your mouth, even more slowly, counting to sixteen. Make a sighing sound as you exhale, and feel tension dissolve. Do it again 10 times.

6. Consume Healthy Foods And Timely Eating Habits.

Never skip meals, especially breakfast. Take time out to eat heartily no matter how busy you are. Take nutritious snacks to the office, or even the shopping mall. A nutritionally balanced diet is essential to your health and lifestyle.

Researchers have found that even small deficiencies of thiamine, a B-complex vitamin, can cause anxiety symptoms. Pantothenic acid, another B-complex vitamin, is critical during times of stress. Avoid caffeine, alcohol, and large amounts of sweets, which can and will worsen them systems and actually cause more stress.

7. Optimistic Living!

Count your blessings, particularly when everything seems to go wrong. Realize and understand that there are many other people who are living in worse conditions than you are.

Never exaggerate the complexity of your problems. Every problem has a solution. All you need to do is find that solution. Learn to be happy and to enjoy life’s blessings. Always live one day at a time.

“Remember that stress doesn’t come from what’s going on in your life. It comes from your thoughts about what’s going on in your life.”–Andrew Bernstein

Regarding Stress Relief it’s important to remember that God will never give us more than we can handle.  Rejoice and be Glad.

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If To Your Massive Success,

Angela Valadez

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  • Here it is Peter:)  Thanks for your feedback.  

  • Very well said Angela. But you forgot the Big Enthusiastic Hug.



  • Thanks for your comments and shares Sandy, Aya and Merle.  So true about the eating on the run Sandy.  Have a great day all!

  • Excellent advice Angela.  I must be one of the lucky ones as can't even remember ever being stressed - even when the children were small I very rarely stressed over things.  Thanks for sharing.  Shared for you.

  • Great posting, Angela.  I have to say that time management and on the run eating are our biggest hurdles to overcome in avoiding stress.  Thanks for sharing this ... anxious to see Part 2.

  • It's on the way Terri.  Thanks for commenting.

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    Waiting to read part 2 and this was really good Angela.

  • And to you as well, Angela...:)

  • Thanks for reading and commenting Bob.  Have an awesome weekend.

  • Good points, needed in these very difficult economic times...:)

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