Saturday, March 8, 2014

How to Reduce Stress and Anger

Hi all! Sorry for the radio silence - it has been a challenging few weeks. I am working on upcoming projects that will be of interest to you, so keep your eye out for future posts!

Managing stress is an ongoing process for me. A long time ago, I chose to manage my stress through natural means in order to avoid heavy medications. Do what is right for your body, whether it is through natural remedies or Western/Eastern medicine.

Here are several ways I manage my stress:

1. Count backwards from 10 to 0, while imagining each number in your head. 
This sounds simple enough, but when you are upset, the last thing you want to do is count. Be persistent and do this every time you are angry or stressed. Do it enough so that it becomes a habit.

2. Emotional Freedom Technique, aka "tapping"
However you feel about this tapping method to reduce stress, this has worked well for me. The idea is to tap certain areas of the body, for example, the side of the hand or under the nose, when you feel stressed. This helps your body re-program its response to stress.

3. Meditation
When I reach a point where my stress feels out of control, I close my eyes, inhale deep breaths via diaphragmatic breathing (inhale through the nose, exhale through the mouth), and let my wind wander. I've fallen asleep on many occasions and wake up feeling refreshed.

Remember that it takes at least 19 days to break a habit. If you react to stress by overeating, that can be overcome if you are willing to spend at least three weeks to change that habit.

I hope these tips will help you in your journey towards reducing anger and stress!

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