You’ve heard how stress can affect your health about a thousand times but have you ever tried to find ways to reduce your stress? If so have you worked at it and kept the commitment?
I suffer from anxiety and am on medication for it, but that doesn’t completely control stress and how I handle it. I’ve learned many techniques even before I was diagnosed with chronic illnesses. But I didn’t put the work into them, instead I would give one or two a try and give up when it didn’t do the trick.
Immediate gratification shouldn’t be the goal when learning how to control stress. It’s a process that can take months. And what works for one person may never work for another.
Here’s some things I’ve tried. Some of them have worked. I won’t say which ones. I’ll leave that up to your imagination:
- Listening to music. Depending on my mood it can vary from old time Rock and Roll, tear jerking chick songs, Contemporary Christian music to School House Rock.
- Housework and organizing. I’m not physically able to do a lot of things but if I’m stressed out I can find some chores that help me not to feel angry or upset.
- Playing games with my daughter – board games, puzzles, even tic-tack-toe.
- Reading blogs, using stumble upon, just having fun on the internet. This has to be with out any purpose, just wandering.
- Reading my Bible, reading devotionals, praying. Having quiet time with God is sometimes difficult when I can’t focus. I’ve learned that I don’t need to use words to pray though. I can pray by crying out to God, by moaning from pain or by asking Him to help me to quiet my mind.
- Blogging. I’ve become so comfortable about writing about my feelings that it’s like therapy for me now.
- Talking on the phone or IM. Hearing a human voice can be soothing even if I don’t discuss what’s bothering me.
- Volunteering. When my mind is busy it’s not thinking about what’s bothering me. Also knowing that there are people out there that are worse off than me helps me to be grateful and feel blessed.
I’d love to hear about some things you’ve tried to relieve stress. Share them here. You may end up helping someone.