Dealing with Stress

There are several things that can be done every day to reduce stress such as having a healthy eating plan, exercising regularly and getting enough sleep.  Yoga and meditation are excellent ways to relax the mind and release tension from the body.  Deep breathing exercises and visualizing peaceful settings is a great way to calm down.  In my opinion laughter is the best medicine for almost any situation that brings about stress.  Whenever I laugh I can actually feel the stress decreasing with happiness increasing inside of me. Practicing reassuring self talk helps with keeping a positive attitude during every day life.  Over the years I have developed my own techniques to use when dealing with stress and anxiety.  My oldest and most reliable is journaling.  I have always felt that once it is written down it is over.  I always carry a small comforting object that I can draw strength from.  I use to carry a small angel with me to give me support to contend with any situation.  But today I draw power from my wedding ring because I know I can handle anything with my husband at my side.  I have practiced yoga and meditation every morning for as long as I can remember and it has always helped me stay centered and focused in life.  During my meditation practice I like to create a safe, peaceful place in my imagination such as the beach and the woods.  When I close my eyes while taking slow deep breaths I can actually visualize the sights, sounds and smells of the location, which can be a very relaxing.  More importantly I just take one day at a time and live happily in each moment.

3 Responses to “Dealing with Stress”

  1. Bob Weisenberg
    August 26th, 2010 20:14

    Hi, Carrie. Very inspiring. Good advice.

    Bob Weisenberg

  2. Patricia Shore
    August 27th, 2010 07:13

    Hello. You’ve described many great ways to de-stress. I admire your strength in the midst of multiple disabilities to get to a place of peace and happiness through yoga. A+ for blogging and sharing.
    Patricia Shore

  3. Kathryn Budig
    August 27th, 2010 10:13

    A lovely reminder for us all

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