Episode 091 Ten Quick Ways to Lessen the Grip of Stress

The mark of a successful man is the one that has spent an entire day on the bank of a river without feeling guilty
— Anonymous

Now that you know the signs of stress you can begin to take steps to decrease it.  Listen today and discover 10 quick ways to lessen the grip of stress.  Together with the long term strategies discussed earlier in the week you will start and eventually become better safeguarded against stress.

Ten Quick Ways to De-Stress

  1. Listen to nature sounds
  2. Laugh
  3. Take 2-3 deep breaths
  4. Surround yourself with scents that evoke a sense of calm
  5. Give yourself a neck and shoulder massage
  6. Listen to music
  7. Enjoy a nice cup of tea
  8. Take a walk
  9. Visualize
  10. Body Scan - For those who listened to the show and didn't hear this one, you aren't crazy.  It was hiding in my notes and I didn't mention it.  A body scan is a a brief once over the individual parts of your body to see where you are holding stress.  Once you have determined where you are holding stress briefly clench that muscle, hold it, and relax it.

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QUESTION OF THE DAY

Where do you experience the most stress in a day and are you taking steps to decrease that stressor?  If not, why not?

ACTION OF THE DAY

Take one minute today and practice one of the ten suggestions discussed in today's episode.