204. Ten Ways to Reduce Stress

  1. Meditation and yoga can help separate you from stress.
  2. Physical activity releases chemicals that combat anxiety and depression.
  3. Be careful with how much caffeine you take in. Maybe switch from coffee to green or black tea.
  4. Practice good time management skills. For example, get a paper or electronic planner so you can spread tasks out over several days. Don’t schedule more for any day than what you can comfortably accomplish. Keep your lists short – no more than a couple major projects and five or so lesser projects.
  5. Find relaxation time during the day, like sitting down and listening to music for a half hour.
  6. Build quiet time into the end of the day so you can go to bed relaxed. Don’t watch stimulating TV shows right up to when you go to bed. Especially, don’t spend time on the computer struggling with technology until the late evening.
  7. Eat plenty of vegetables, fruits, and other healthy food. Junk food is not a friend to stress.
  8. Combat computer overstimulation: A little nature therapy can also ease the stress of too much computer time. A stroll through a park counteracts overstimulation and can also boost your mood and energy.
  9. Listen to the music: A number of studies show that listening to music, especially classical, may help you unwind.
  10. Creating artwork and crafts can help relax your senses.

About Patrick Day

triumphoverdepression.org This blog is my ministry to support those who are depressed, in gratefulness for my having overcome major depression. Read "About Patrick Day" just to the right of "home" on the top of the blog site to find out more particulars about me. I retired from a career in higher education, where I served as Dean of Instruction, and promptly moved into a life of purposelessness and despair for five years, finally coming out on the other side. I am now an author, a business and life coach, a writer of this blog, and a volunteer for various organizations. What I write about in this blog is not hypothetical comments on depression. I have been there, felt the horrible pain, had my life disrupted, and experienced everything that I write about. I pray that I may be a blessing to you.
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