Top 4 Stress-Busting Categories

I’m going through my old files today – some simple spring cleaning is good for the soul. I think it reduces stress for me. Stress is a natural (and necessary) part of life, and we all have positive and negative ways of coping with stress. When I’m really stressed though it seems that I can think of many more negative stress relief strategies than positive. In my spring cleaning I’ve found a list of 24 positive stress-busting strategies. Happy day!

There are four basic categories and I thought I’d share them with our readers, especially for those stressed with age-related changes or care-partner stress.

Physical and Lifestyle Strategies – these are positive habits that are physical in nature and they have some of the most profound impacts on stress. From exercise to diet, changing your physical habits significantly busts stress.

Emotional Strategies – ensuring laughter in your day, and nurturing your soul through music you love are just two simple things to uplift the emotions and reduce stress.

Cognitive Strategies – gaining

control of our thinking is a habit to be developed, and these strategies help develop armour against stress. Challenging our comfort levels with “shades of gray” and practicing awareness of “stinking thinking” with distraction strategies helps us prepare for fluctuating stress levels.

Philosophical/Spiritual Strategies – the power of prayer may be obvious, but also just having a more philosophical view of the world in which we live can reduce stress. These strategies probably take the most reflection and practice to make habit, but may also have the most profound impact on keeping stress at bay.

Develop a list of your own positive stress-relief strategies and try to strike a balance with the kinds of relief you utilize. This is important to ensure positive aging – for instance, if your greatest or only stress relief happens through running, how will you cope with stress if you lose the ability to run/walk? A variety of strategies is best.


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