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Improve Mental Health - Learn How To Manage Stress

Dec 27, 2007
Learning how to maintain good health can be a great challenge in our current society. There are many stresses that we put ourselves under that can cause us to become sick. Stress has been shown to have many negative side effects to your health. It is important to learn how to manage stress in order to maintain optimal health.

An interesting study found that the majority of heart attacks occur at around 9am on Monday morning. What does this mean? Well most people are usually heading off to work at this time and most people unfortunately dislike their jobs so their jobs become a source of great stress. Learning how to manage stress can make a significant impact to your health and wellbeing.

It is important to find an occupation that you truly enjoy. This is a difficult task so be patient and give yourself time to find a job you enjoy. Find out what you really like and figure out a way to get paid to do that. Sometimes we focus on the wrong things even about our current job and this can cause great stress. By simply changing your mental focus you can reduce stress greatly.

Ask yourself what you like about your current job and choose to focus on that while you perhaps seek another job that is better suited to your interests. There are many other ways to manage stress. Deep breathing exercises can help to reduce stress. Simply take a few minutes each day and take 5 to 10 slow deep breaths. Laughter can also be very effective at reducing stress. Make it a point to watch more comedies on television or when you go out to watch a movie. Laughter can indeed be a very effective at improving your mental health and many doctors use laughter therapy to help their patients get better.

Regular exercise can also be useful at lowering stress levels in addition to helping your overall health in many other ways. Make sure to live an active lifestyle. There are basically 2 kinds of exercise and that is aerobic and strength training. Aerobic exercise usually involves either light jogging or walking for thirty to sixty minutes each day three to five times a week. Consider buying a good piece of aerobic equipment that you know you will like and use regularly. The recumbent exercise bike can often be a good choice as it is comfortable to use.

Weight training simply involves lifting weights to train your muscles in order to build and maintain their strength. Either purchase some free weights or a weight training home gym system or consider joining a gym. Pets can also be great at helping to reduce stress. Of course make sure that you have the budget and the time to take care of a pet as it is almost like getting a new family member. Dogs have been shown in many studies to be effective at relieving stress.

Yoga or meditation can also be very good for stress reduction purposes in addition to providing many other potential health benefits. The best way to define meditation may be that it is the pursuit of a quiet or silent mind. Many people that teach meditation believe that an overactive mind produces great stress. You can even tell this statement is accurate from experience because any time you worry too much or think too much you tend to experience a lot of discomfort. Learning to minimize your thoughts can really make a big difference to helping you feel better.

A simple meditation exercise involves concentration on the breath. This involves focusing on your inhalation and exhalation and the key is to only think about your breathing. If other thoughts try to enter your mind then simply return your focus on the breath. In time you will find that it will get easier to get to that quiet state of mind and you will experience fewer distractions. Use some of these strategies to lower stress and improve your mental health.
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Shakil is an online researcher, author and a regular contributor to a site that shows people how to attain better health and wellness. Be sure to stop by and learn how to lose weight too.
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