What is stress? Stress can be good stress, as in creativity. Stress can be bad stress, having negative effects on the body. This article is about bad stress. The stress of impatience, bad circumstances or bad situations. Bad stress that maximizes pulse rate, makes you sweat and want to run away.
When you find yourself consumed in bad stress, you can do a stress management exercise and get the stress under control. This will have a good affect on your stress and health.
Following are stress management exercises that work. I know they work, because I use them everyday. Stress Management exercises are exercises. That means you have to practice them a while before they will work fast for you. Some may feel strange or hard at first. Do only the exercises that are beneficial to you and are acceptable with your medical doctor. Practice these stress management exercises until they become handy tools to improve stress and health. They can make your life a much better experience!
Stress Management Exercise Number 1:
The first stress management exercise is relaxing your muscles, one area at a time, until your whole body is relaxed. I usually feel a tingle all over when a completely relaxed stage is reached, a healing kind of tingle feeling. It is best to learn this exercise laying down, or relaxing in a reclined recliner. After this exercise is mastered, you can practice it while sitting up, maybe at your desk at work.
Here is what to do: Begin at your feet, or your head. Picture your feet (or head) in your mind, and relax it. When you have it relaxed, go to the next area of your body, your calves (or neck). Relax this area, keeping the first area relaxed. Go to the next area, thighs (or shoulders). Keep doing this until you have your whole body relaxed. Stay relaxed for at least five minutes if you can, longer if you have the time.
Stress Management Exercise Number 2:
This stress management exercise can be done while you are engaged in an activity that makes you feel uncomfortable. It can be used when you are in a strange place and need to bring a feeling of familiarity to your environment. It can be used when you can’t sleep because of a busy mind. It is a stress management exercise that can block out negative thoughts.
Here is what to do: Count in your mind, or out loud if you’d like, backwards from 100. When you get to 0, start counting over again , backwards from 100.
Stress Management Exercise Number 3:
This stress management exercise can be done in bed, maybe when you cannot sleep, or on a reclined recliner. It can be used in a limited manner when sitting or standing in just a part of your body. This stress management exercise can relax your body, it can be combined with stress management exercise number 4 below, meditation.
Here is what to do: Lay on your back. Tense all the muscles you can in your body while you count to 10. Relax your muscles for the count of 3. Repeat this two or three times. This should leave your muscles more relaxed.
Stress Management Exercise Number 4:
This stress management exercise, meditation, can take you away in your mind to a pleasant place, a place you have made up to be completely enjoyable and peaceful to you.
Here is what to do: Think of a mental image in your mind that is pleasant to you. It is not a snapshot, but a video. It can last as long as you want. An example is what I use: I use Psalm 23 as a basis. I envision myself laying in a hammock, I see the green grass, and the blue stream, I can hear the stream girgling as it goes lazily along. I feel a cool breeze. I see and feel the sun’s light and warmth as it shines on me. When you have made up your mental image, get your body into a relaxed state, like in exercise number 3 above. Then envision your mental image. The more details and sensations you can include will make it more real.
Stress Management Exercise Number 5:
Bodily exercise that gets your heart rate up or stretches your body is beneficial. This should be done at your medical doctor’s instructions. You may want to engage in cardio exercises, stretches, walking. The key is, do what your doctor suggests, and be consistent with it. If you exercise once in two weeks, it will not do much good.
Stress Management Exercise Number 6:
If you are in an emotionally upset state of mind, or are confused as to the solution to a problem, this stress management exercise will help you. What is it? Do Word Circle Puzzles! I knew a counselor that had a word circle puzzle book at every seat.
Doing word circle puzzles calms you down. If you are contemplating a problem, you can look at it s you do word circle puzzles. It is like looking at your problem through a fence. You can look at it from behind the activity of doing the puzzles, so it doesn’t seem so threatening. I have been amazed in the solutions that have come to me while doing this. Doing word circle puzzles ad a stress management exercise seems to bring out creativity for problem solving in your life.
Stress Management Exercise Number 7:
This stress management exercise will be very enjoyable and add a new dimension to your life. It is spending time with family and/or friends. Get involved in their lives. This will help you not to be so focused on yourself. Be helpful to them when you can, this will cause you to be happy.
Stress Management Exercise Number 8:
This stress management exercise is a spiritual exercise. Read the Book. The Book I read is the Bible. When I read the Bible regularly, I experience much real peace. I don’t just skim over it. I read it thoughtfully. I read it to remember it and use it in my life. I am completely engrossed in it when I read it. I meditate on it. I read it prayerfully. The more time I spend on it, the more peace I have.
Stress Management Exercise Number 9:
This stress management exercise is also spiritual. It is prayer and trusting in God. Prayer brings confidence that life can be managed, with God’s help. Prayer helps me trust in God, as I see Him bring answers and solutions to my life.
I hope some of these stress management exercises are helpful. You can use any that is good for you, and disregard any that aren’t helpful to you or not profitable for improving stress and health for you. You know what is best for you.