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Techniques To Relieve Stress - Simple Ways To Live A Happier Life

May 2, 2008
All of us have to deal with stressful situations - in fact, for many of us, stress has simply become a way of life. However, living with constant stress will wear you out both physically and emotionally. It is impossible to cope with the constant barrage of anxiety, pressure, and fear unless you implement stress relief techniques to help your body and mind rest, relax, and rejuvenate.

Relieving Stress is Easier Than You Think

Here are some simple techniques to relieve stress that you can easily use every day to live a more stress free life:

Avoid unnecessary conflict. Of course, it is not possible to avoid every disagreement, but you can use this technique to help keep situations from becoming worse and stressing you out even further.

Before you respond to a difficult person or situation, take a few seconds to think about how you can quickly and effectively diffuse the situation. Often, the best thing to say is that you understand how they're feeling and then ask them: "How can we make things right?" Doing this throws the responsibility back into their court and transitions the conversation towards solution seeking.

Decide what you can handle before you start your workday. Many of us dive right into our tasks as soon as we arrive at work, without taking the time to decide how much we can handle or what we absolutely have to accomplish that day. The few minutes you spend each morning planning your day can save you hours of wasted time, as well as saving you a great deal of stress. You don't go to a foreign country without a map and a plan. The same goes for your workday. Plan things out so you won't waste time figuring out what to do next.

Delegate tasks that take up the most time. It is easy to feel like you have to handle everything, but if you look at all of the tasks and projects on your plate, you will probably find that you can delegate some of the simple tasks. Don't be afraid to enlist others to help you manage your workload - this simple stress relief technique can save you several hours.

Learn from failures, but let go of them. Even the most talented people experience failure from time to time. When this happens to you, it is important to find out how to do better next time, but it is equally important not to beat yourself up over your failures. Life is a journey, not a race. Clinging to your failures will cause you physical and mental stress, and keep you from enjoying your successes.

By using these simple techniques to relieve stress, you will enjoy work and family time more, be more efficient and productive, and be able to live a healthier, happier life.

These are just a few techniques to relieve stress that you can use to help you minimize the effects of everyday stress. Take time each and every day to manage all aspects of your body, mind and spirit. It's as simple as avoiding unnecessary conflict, prioritizing what you will do each day, delegating the things you shouldn't be doing, and learning from failures while letting go of the things you cannot change.
About the Author
Ronnie Nijmeh is an accomplished author, speaker and coach specializing in stress management programs. He is the author and creator of Stress Busters and co-author of 101 Great Ways to Improve Your Health. He has also been a featured stress expert in print, television and radio. You can contact him at: 1-877-438-3048.
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