Reduce #Depression by Reducing the #Stress in Your Life

binaural beats for depressionHere’s some useful methods to combat stress:

– Take Control Over Your Time and Schedule. You’ll 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. Plan your time wisely.

– Express Amusement And Be Happy. Laugh hard and loud. If you don’t have a sense of humor, find someone else who has. Laughter releases endorphins (happy chemicals) from the body, and it helps boost your immune system.

Do your tasks one thing at a time at a time. Focus your attention on the present moment, whether it’s the person talking to you or the job at hand. This helps you to avoid making errors – which lead to more tension and anxiety. Be patient in waiting. Anxiety caused by impatience can rise up your blood pressure. Say “no” to requests that you cannot accomplish. Delegate trivial tasks. You must remember that you don’t have to do it all yourself. Crack a job into separate tasks and assign them to people with the suitable skills.

Forgive others. Reduce your standards – for yourself and others. Don’t expect too much. Perfectionism is not the way to find happiness. Become more adaptable to your environment.

Communicate clearly with your boss and co-workers. Ask questions. Clarify instructions at the start of a project, so you don’t have to spend time later fixing misunderstandings. Be honest in your dealings with others. Lying and cheating leads to stress.

Choose positive friends who are not worriers. Friends who continually put you down or talk gloomily about life will increase your anxiety. Invite a good friend to help you talk out a problem and get it off your chest. A long-distance call to an old friend can be a great stress reliever.

Choose positive friends who are positive. Friends who continually put you down or talk gloomily about life will ruin your entire day. Invite your best friend over to help you talk out a problem and work out a solution. A long-distance call to an old pal can be great therapy.

Communicate clearly with your co-workers and boss. Ask good questions. Repeat instructions you get to make sure you are both on the same page. Clarifying directions at the start of a project can save lots of time later rectifying out misinterpretations. Be honest in your dealings with others. Lying and cheating only leads to bad outcomes.

Communicate clearly with your co-workers and boss. Reiterate 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 only makes things worse.

Time management experts highlight the importance of writing down your important goals. Break big projects down into a series of small steps that you can work on every day. Want to change jobs? Contact one prospective employer today. Is writing a book your dream? Commit to writing one page a day. Inch by inch, slowly but surely, you will get to your ultimate destination. Knowing that you are striving toward your dreams relieves frustrations that mount when you feel stuck in a situation that seem to have no direction.

– Live Optimistically. Count your blessings, particularly when everything seems to go wrong. Believe that many other people are living in worse conditions than you are. Don’t 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. Live one day at a time.

– Consume Healthy Foods at the Appropriate Time. Never skip meals, especially breakfast. Get 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. For example, researchers have found that even small deficiencies of thiamin, 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 worsen symptoms of stress.

– Live Optimistically. Count your blessings, particularly when everything seems to go wrong. Believe that many other people are living in worse conditions than you are. Don’t 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. Live one day at a time.

– Enjoy The Good Things That Life Has to Offer. Grant yourself some physical pleasure and enjoyment to help your stress slip away. Indulge yourself to a professional massage, or trade massages with a loved one. Give yourself consent to enjoy a movie, watch a concert or sports event, listen to music, or read a book. Take pleasure in a soothing cup of chamomile herb tea with a little bit of honey. Chamomile has long been used to relieve nervous tension.

– If you are going to another city for an valuable meeting, carry your presentation materials and dress suit on board the plane. Get usual oil changes and checkups. Keep food ready anytime at your house so you can fix a fast meal without going to the store. Keep food, medicine, and toiletries on hand so you never have to feel tensed when they run out.

Arrange a day of beauty with a friend. Do each other’s hair, or paint your nails and chat. Make a simple steam facial at home by boiling water. Remove the pan from the stove. Cover your head with a large towel so that it creates a tent over the pot. Steam your face for five or 10 minutes. Add aromatic herbs to the water for a sensual touch. Center your attention on any of the senses – hearing, seeing, eating or body movements – for a few minutes. Even washing your hands can become a sensual experience.

Arrange a day of beauty with a friend. Do each other’s hair, or paint your nails and chat. Make a simple steam facial at home by boiling water. Remove the pan from the stove. Cover your head with a large towel so that it creates a tent over the pot. Steam your face for five or 10 minutes. Add aromatic herbs to the water for a sensual touch. Center your attention on any of the senses – hearing, seeing, eating or body movements – for a few minutes. Even washing your hands can become a sensual experience.

– Move Away to Recharge Your Spirit. Make a schedule for a private time alone every day. You deserve it. Unplug the telephone and enjoy a quiet evening alone or with your family, or even 15 continuous minutes in the shower or bathtub. You may want to spend a few minutes writing your feelings out in a journal. It can help you find a new viewpoint in life and relieve internal conflicts.

More Tips to Recharge Your Spirit

Practice a meditation technique. Two methods: Observe your thoughts as they pass through your mind. Or, repeat a word or phrase with an uplifting meaning. Use progressive relaxation for 20 minutes twice a day to relive high blood pressure and other physiological responses to stress. Make tighter and release each muscle group in turn, starting with the soles of the feet and slowly working up to the scalp. Change of your usual routine. If your week is highly scheduled, enjoy and relax with friends in noncompetitive activities. If you are never able to finish anything during the week, choose a project that you can complete in in a short time on weekends. Have on earplugs for instant peace anytime, anyplace. Take time out for a little entertainment in the middle of your workday. When the pressures of completing a project are too great, your productivity can drop. Take a walk or eat lunch outside the office.

– Use Visualization and Affirmation Techniques. You can conquer a circumstance you fear by going over the event in your mind. Imagine the scene in clear detail and visualize the best possible result that may happen.

Replace negative self-talk with good thoughts. Don’t let your mind be filled with gloom: You’re too ugly. . . you’re too old. . .you’ll never achieve anything. And things like: What if I fail the exam? What if she doesn’t like my gift? What if we get lost? These things haven’t even occurred yet, and probably never will. Nourish your mind with a constant stream of “I can; therefore, I will.”

– Get plenty of Sleep. Decide how much sleep you require for best possible performance. Lack of sleep reduces the body’s ability to fight off stress and lowers the immune system.

– Get enough Sleep. Lack of sleep worsens the body’s responses to stress and lowers the immune system.

– Don’t Be Self-Centered. Today’s society forces us to build up as much accomplishments as we can, while trying to balance our own personal/family lives. There’s just not enough time to do all these things. Begin with the most important task, and do the rest one at a time until everything is done.

Keep the Faith and Never Stop Believing. Dale Gustafson

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