Stress kills—there’s no way around it. While we may not be able to spend our whole lives as cool as the proverbial cucumber, it’s absolutely possible to make your life less stressful and to work on your reaction towards the stress you can’t deal with. Here are eight simple ways to get a little more relaxation in your life by making smart stress decisions.
- Remember the serenity prayer. God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and wisdom to know the difference. These simple words carry remarkably deceptive weight.
- Establish a routine. Keeping a regular routine will add a soothing comfort into your life and will help you avoid having to make constant adjustments, which can lead to feelings of stress. Once you establish a routine, difficult problems are simpler to deal with.
- If your loved ones are stressed out, take them on a long car ride. Some of the best talks I’ve ever had were in the car. There are no other distractions but to discuss what’s on your mind and no one else to focus on. This trick is particularly handy for parents of teenagers.
- Realize when it’s time to take a time out. If you’re about ready to explode, it’s better to beat a hasty retreat than to give in to your temper. If your boss is on your case and you’re about ready to tell him or her where to shove it, a quick jaunt to the bathroom may give you the time you need to get yourself back together.
- If you’ve got to give some tough criticism, do it via the “sandwich method.” First, say something nice, and then deliver the criticism, followed up with more positive words. This will cushion the blow without undoing the necessary critique.
- Admit your mistakes and try to learn from them. So many times we spend excess time and energy trying to hide a mistake that we made when it would be simpler and much better for all if we just admitted what we did wrong and then made an effort to learn from our mistake.
- Keep it in perspective. When I find myself getting overwhelmed, I ask myself “Will this affect my life in five years?” It keeps me from getting worked up over every little hassle that comes along and saves my energy for those times the answer is “yes.”
- Try to overcome perfectionism. One of the biggest causes of stress is one that we cause ourselves—trying to be perfect at all times. Perfectionists tend to be a lot less effective than the rest of the population because they’re continually going over one task, when they should have moved on to another. If you’re always striving to be perfect, it’s time to learn that “good enough” is an acceptable term.
If you’re having trouble learning how to de-stress your life, your chiropractic team can help. Regular adjustments not only feel good, they can actually remove tension in your body. Talk to your chiropractor today to find out how to attain natural, safe relaxation with chiropractic care.
Always consult your chiropractor or primary care physician for all your health related advice.
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