Six Steps for a Stress Free Life.

Don’t Catastrophize: Try to focus on the here and now not on how bad your pain might be tomorrow.

Do Use Distraction: Consider trying mindfulness meditation or guided imagery. Distraction can also mean reading a page-turning mystery or making a phone call to a friend.

Don’t Stop Exercising: Pushing yourself beyond your limits is never a good idea, but even a few stretches or a brisk walk will go a long way toward relieving tension.

Do Keep Supportive Friends Close: If someone doesn’t make you feel good, lose their phone number.

Don’t Put off Chores: Chores are a bummer, and it can be difficult to find time for them with a hectic schedule. But if you find a little time to make even one small room tidy, you may find that even just occupying that clean space will put your mind more at ease. Plus, it will feel like you’ve accomplished something.

Do Find Time for Quiet: When you find yourself sitting down for a meal alone, try this: Silence. While mind-guided distractions can help, outside distractions usually will not. Turn off all televisions, and keep all your electronics outside of your notice or grasp. You can listen to music, but only if it’s soft or calm. Close all the doors, and simply try to enjoy the pleasure of eating & drinking.

It’s easy to get overwhelmed from time to time. De-stressing can be as simple as realizing you are having a stress problem, and doing small changes in your daily routine to change things up, get things done, or simply avoid all the cellphones, crying kids, or angry bosses for a little while.


– Editorial Staff
Article originally published in Pain Solutions Magazine, Fall 2009

Photo Credit: Roys, courtesy of Stock Free Images & Dreamstime Stock Photos

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