100 Ways to Kickstart Your Brain On a Lazy Day

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By Olivia Coleman

Everyone has those days at school or work when your brain is moving just a little slower than usual. If you find yourself up against a lazy day, give one of these tricks a try to get your brain going. With suggestions on brain-boosting foods and drinks, games, trivia, exercise and fun strategies, you are sure to find a way to wake up your brain from the list below.

Brain-Boosting Drinks

Sometimes all your brain needs is a drink to get it going. The following drinks will all give your brain that extra boost it needs to start pumping.

  1. Chai. This tea infused with a variety of spices and blended with milk or a non-dairy milk substitute will awaken your senses and your brain.
  2. Kombucha. In addition to the multiple health benefits of this unusual drink, it is primarily a detoxifier for the body. It also gets your brain pumping pretty quickly.
  3. Water. Staying hydrated benefits your body and brain by keeping you detoxified and oxygenated, so drink plenty of water for a brain boost.
  4. Matcha. This stone-ground, powdered form of green tea is a super-concentrated version of the green tea that comes in tea bags and provides a super blast for your brain.
  5. Caffeine. As this study indicates, a little caffeine may be beneficial to your brain, so have that cup of coffee when you brain feels a little sluggish.
  6. Kava kava. Long used in the South Pacific, kava kava is reported to induce both brain stimulation and anxiety reduction.
  7. Smoothies. A simple brain-boosting smoothie with fresh fruits and yogurt or a bit of protein powder will have your brain working again in no time.
  8. Ginkgo biloba tea. Ginkgo biloba tea helps promote blood flow, memory, and mental alertness.
  9. Ginseng tea. Tea made from the ginseng root provides better mental acuity as well as boosts blood circulation, reduces fatigue, and a host of other benefits.

Brain-Boosting Foods

From the instant benefit of cinnamon and peppermint to the longer-lasting benefits of blueberries, these foods are great ways to get the blood flowing in your brain on a lazy day.

  1. Cinnamon and peppermint. Research shows that cinnamon and peppermint stimulates the brain. Have some gum or tea and give it a shot.
  2. Fish oil. This nutrient, either obtained through eating fish or taking a good-quality supplement, not only increases overall physical health, it also helps boost your brain power.
  3. Apples. Long associated with healthy nutrition, an apple a day can provide brain health benefits.
  4. Salmon. Salmon is good for your body and your brain. This super food is high in omega-3 EFAs and protein, low in cholesterol and contains quite a few B vitamins, calcium, zinc, iron and magnesium.
  5. Avocado. Avocados have monosaturated fat (the good fat), which increases blood flow, which gives your brain a boost.
  6. Curry. Curry, and especially the turmeric in curry dishes, have been shown to boost cognition. The tantalizing taste will also help wake up your brain.
  7. Antioxidants. Eating foods that are antioxidants can help improve focus, problem-solving, and memory.
  8. Fruits and veggies. Fresh fruits and vegetables are a great brain booster. Learn about the benefits of fresh fruit and vegetables to your brain.
  9. Whole grains. Two and a half servings of whole grains a day can significantly reduce your chance for a stroke and keeps your brain in top shape.
  10. Olive oil. This healthy oil has been shown to break up clots in capillaries and generally help with blood flow.
  11. Blueberries. These little berries really pack a punch when it comes to brain health. Pop a few when your blood sugar and brain function feel low.
  12. Cocoa. Foods containing cocoa, like chocolate, may provide benefits for memory and learning, and the endorphins raised by eating chocolate will also provide a more immediate boost for your brain.

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Simple Tricks

If your brain is stuck in a rut, try any of these fun and simple tricks to get it going again.

  1. Doodle. NPR reports how doodling can kickstart your brain when it is bored.
  2. Journal. Write down your thoughts, create a poem, or find some other way to express yourself in a personal journal.
  3. Music. Listening to music, whether it’s a small chamber music ensemble or a full-out rock show, will stimulate your brain.
  4. Listen to Mozart. Learn about “The Mozart Effect” and how it can help your brain get going and work better.
  5. Study a foreign language. Listen to a bit of a foreign language tape or go online to study a bit to get your brain in gear.
  6. Switch hands. Try using your less dominant hand for simple tasks like eating or writing to stimulate your brain.
  7. Think positively. A simple change of perspective can perk your brain and make you feel empowered as well.
  8. Smile. Smile and laugh often. A silly joke or sharing a smile with a co-worker or friend is a fun way to get your brain going again.
  9. Aromatherapy. Aromatherapy offers a boost to your brain through various scents which work to stimulate, calm, energize, and more.
  10. Use your brain. Doing tasks such as avoiding the calculator for simple arithmetic or thinking through perplexing problems is sure to get your mind working.
  11. Write down dreams. Do this as soon as you wake up in the morning. This is especially effective if you are trying to come up with creative ideas or solutions.
  12. Send a note to a friend. Whether you send a quick text message or hand-write a note, the social connection and shift of focus will help kickstart your brain.
  13. Use chopsticks. The mental challenge of using chopsticks with a snack or lunch will give your brain a boost and teach you a new skill.

Video Games

Video games can get your brain working–research shows some games can even help fight Alzheimer’s. Check out these games for a fun way to start your brain.

  1. MUO Games. MakeUseOf offers four games to help your brain start working.
  2. Truantduck.com Chinese Checkers. Play this classic game against the droid and practice your strategy skills.
  3. Simon Says. Practice your memory skills by playing Simon Says online. It’s amazingly similar to the real thing.
  4. Legends of Elveron. Try this fantasy game that is all about strategy to get your brain working.
  5. Diner Dash. Serve diners with this popular online game where you make sure everyone gets seated, orders, and gets their food without getting angry.
  6. Super Money Ball. Try one of these mini games from Sega to improve your eye-hand coordination and really get your brain working.
  7. Escapa. Click and hold the red square and avoid getting hit by the blue squares or hitting a wall with this challenging game.
  8. Oregon Trail. Get on the Oregon Trail and download this old favorite.
  9. Hit the Dot. This game challenges you to click on each of the dots as they appear to see how many you can get in 30 seconds.
  10. The Blue Button Game. Click on the fast-moving blue button to keep playing, but if you click on a red or orange one, the game ends.
  11. Game Gecko Racing Games. Play several racing games online at this site.
  12. Dogfight 2. Using your arrow and space bar keys, participate in airplane dogfights with this flying game.
  13. Tetris. This classic game will sharpen both eye-hand coordination and quick, logical thinking.
  14. Breakout. This game requires you to keep the ball in play until it breaks all the blocks at the top.

Brain Games

The following games are all especially for you brain and will help you get your brain moving on a lazy day and strengthen it, too.

  1. BrainCurls. Exercise your brain with the games at this site that include jigsaws, memory games, and games that sharpen your observation skills.
  2. Games for the Brain. With popular brain games like Mastermind, chess, and Sudoku, you will find plenty of games for your brain.
  3. Brain Bashers. With 5 new games added each week, you can always find lots of video game fun for your brain here.
  4. Puzzability Sampler. The puzzles here include both interactive and non-interactive versions of word games like Hangman, Acrostic, and Slider.
  5. Thinks.com Jigsaw Puzzles. Work these jigsaw puzzles for a great online workout for your mind.
  6. BrainTraining 101. These brain games include many different logic, puzzle, memory, classic, and action games.
  7. Braingle. Brain teasers, riddles, trivia, and brain exercises are some of the fun activities on this website.
  8. Fit Brains. Play the free brain games here that are developed by scientists with the goal of providing the best fitness for your brain.
  9. Sharp Brains Brain Teasers and Games. These 50 games are especially meant to help exercise and sharpen your mind.
  10. Freedom Years Games. These brain games include jigsaw puzzles, memory game, Sudoku, and more.
  11. HAPPYneuron. Brain fitness becomes a science with the fun games and activities here.
  12. Brain Age. Available on Nintendo DS, this game is excellent for sharpening the brain, according to a study done by a competing software company, and keeping it going.

Other Games

From classics like Scrabble and checkers to word puzzles to knowledge quizzes that benefit those less fortunate, the following games will get your brain working.

  1. Word puzzles. Solve brainteasers such as anagrams, logic problems, rebuses any time you have a few extra minutes to get your brain going.
  2. Scrabble. Connect with others for an online Scrabble game to get your brain pumping.
  3. Chess. Learn how to play chess, or play online, so you can take advantage of the well-known brain benefits of this game.
  4. Do a jigsaw puzzle. Working jigsaw puzzles exercises spatial recognition, analytical processes, eye-hand coordination and will wake up a sleepy brain.
  5. Crosswords. The benefits of working crossword puzzles are many and even help keep dementia at bay as you age. Work one online or in the morning paper to jumpstart your brain any time.
  6. Logic Puzzles. Solve these free logic puzzles that provide an easy-to-use solving grid.
  7. Mahjong. Play free Mahjong games here with a variety for the casual player to the master.
  8. Checkers. Try to beat the computer in this checkers game or challenge a friend in person.
  9. Bridge. While you may not have time for a full-blown game in the middle of the day, play online or watch others for a bit to help get your brain moving.
  10. Backgammon. Nabisco brings backgammon to you for free with this online version you can play to give your brain a boost.
  11. FreeRice. Test yourself in several categories including English, Chemistry, Geography, Art, Math, and foreign languages to get your brain buzzing and help feed the hungry at no cost to you.

Trivia

Learning a bit of trivia not only gets your brain working when it’s going slowly, but it also helps strengthen it. Give these fun trivia resources a try.

  1. 100 Fascinating Facts You Never Knew about the Human Brain. Learn some facts about the human brain to get yours working on a lazy day.
  2. Kickstart Your Brain With 21 TRUE Trivia Tidbits. Read these factoids for an easy brain spark.
  3. Fun Trivia Quizzes. Choose from several different trivia categories and take the quizzes to test your trivia knowledge and give your brain a boost.
  4. Trivial Trivia Collection. Get celebrity trivia, unusual trivia, or select from specific trivia categories to learn plenty here.
  5. Useful Trivia. Choose from Bible, history, holiday, TV trivia, and plenty of other categories.
  6. Trivia Cafe. Trivia Cafe provides daily and weekly questions, contests, and more to get your brain in gear.
  7. Triviaplaza. Find fun facts about music, movies, geography, science, literature, and more at this site.
  8. Random facts. Browse through this listing of random facts in order to add to your trivia knowledge.
  9. Fun Funny Facts. With information ranging from cockroaches to the memory of goldfish, you are sure to find fun facts to stimulate your brain when it’s moving slowly.

Exercises

Physical activity stimulates blood flow, which can help perk up your brain. Do these exercises to help get your brain going when it falls into a slump.

  1. Take a walk. When your brain begins to flag, stand up and take a walk to get the blood flowing and your brain working again.
  2. Tai Chi. This ancient form of exercise uses a graceful form of stretching to keep your brain physically fit.
  3. Sex. Enjoy sex with your partner. Not only will it stimulate your senses, it has also been shown to sharpen your mind through its cardiovascular benefits.
  4. Take the stairs. Skip the elevator and use the stairs to get your blood flowing and your brain pumping.
  5. Yoga. Not only is yoga an excellent low-impact form of exercise, its benefits also extend to mental well-being. Use simple yoga stretches any time of the day for an instant brain boost.
  6. Yard work. Mowing the lawn, raking leaves, or just picking up the twigs that have fallen on the yard are all great ways to get moving and wake up your mind.
  7. Walk the dog. Getting Fido and yourself outside for a walk to perk up your brain.
  8. Swim. Jump in the lake or take a swim at your neighborhood pool for a great way to wake your brain.
  9. Bike. A leisurely bike ride through a park or down a dedicated bike trail is not only a good way to stimulate your brain, but you will enjoy the scenery and physical exercise too.
  10. Dance. Stand up and dance to put your body in motion and wake your brain. Dancing also offers anti-aging benefits.
  11. Golf. Enjoy a round of golf or hitting at the range during lunch for exercise as well as a brain stimulant.
  12. Hike. Put on some sturdy shoes and head out. Hiking can be as easy as exploring a city park during lunch.
  13. Tennis. The mental and physical stimulation of this popular game will have your brain buzzing in no time.

Quiet Activities

You might think that quiet activities wouldn’t help get your brain going when it’s dragging, but give these a shot to find out how much they can help.

  1. Read. Whether you are keeping up the news online, sitting down with a good book, or checking out the latest gossip magazine, do some reading each day.
  2. Hobbies. Work on a hobby to get your creative juices flowing and keep your brain working.
  3. Knitting. Putting your hands to work and letting your mind wander a bit will get your brain back on track in no time. If you don’t know how to knit, learn here.
  4. Breathing. The deep, relaxing form of breathing used during yoga practice oxygenates the body, which stimulates the brain.
  5. Relaxation exercises. Try some of these relaxation exercises and you will teach your body how to feel more calm and your brain more focused.
  6. Meditation. For improving focus and stress relief, mediation can’t be beat.
  7. Surf the Internet. Not only does surfing the Internet provide plenty of new information to stimulate your brain, the combined requirements of decision-making and specific strategies necessary when surfing also provide benefits for the brain.
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Tips to Stop Panic Attacks and Anxiety

I reposted this from StumbleUpon, originally taken from calmclinic.com.  I do not know enough about them to endorse or not.  This is merely some advice they give to sufferers for anxiety that I hope will help those of you who need some extra tools in your tool box for controlling anxiety.

3 Tips to Stop Panic Attacks and Anxiety Cold

Millions of people struggle with anxiety every day. Overcoming anxiety is something that takes serious commitment. Most people want to stop panic attacks and anxiety overnight, but your anxiety has been forged through years of experiences, biology, and your own personality. You can’t simply turn that off on a whim.

But that doesn’t mean there aren’t tools that can control your anxiety considerably, and in some cases you may find that these techniques make your anxiety far more manageable. The following are three simple but important things to try to fight anxiety.

Stop Managing Anxiety and CURE It

There is no quick fix for anxiety. It’s become part of your personality. But if you’re ready to cure it forever, there are techniques that have proven to be effective.

Never Accept Failure

It’s important to remember that everyone can control anxiety. There are very few one size fits all approaches to combatting your anxiety symptoms. Commit to a method that you’re willing to try, and if it doesn’t work, move on to the next one.

By choosing a symptoms-based treatment that looks at the specific anxiety problem you experience and recommends a follow up treatment, you’ll increase your chances of success. My anxiety test is the best place to start.

Quick Methods of Fighting Anxiety

Remember, very few people can cure anxiety in a day. Curing anxiety is a process, and one that you shouldn’t expect to reach for a long time, even with the best anxiety treatment. But there are strategies you can try that may speed up the process or reduce your anxiety considerable. They include:

1. Start Running

Priority number one is that you start running or jogging regularly. As long as you’re healthy enough for physical activity, regular, daily jogging should be your number one treatment choice.

It may sound silly, but the reality is that your physical energy contributes to anxiety in a host of ways:

  • Unused energy can become anxiety and actually create anxious thoughts.
  • Unused muscles may become tense and cause more anxiety symptoms.
  • Those that don’t exercise are more prone to hormonal fluctuations and poor nutrition.

There is a high correlation between those that don’t exercise and those that experience anxiety. In addition, beyond the health components of jogging and exercise, there are additional benefits as well. These include:

  • Endorphins – During exercise the body releases neurotransmitters that are designed to make exercise easier and less painful, like endorphins. Endorphins also play a significant role in relaxation. By exercising, your mind and body will have a much easier time relaxing.
  • Cortisol – Cortisol is a hormone released during times of stress, and it’s responsible for many of the symptoms associated with anxiety. Running burns away excess cortisol, causing fewer anxiety symptoms and less long term damage from cortisol release.
  • Overall Health – Running also improves every component of overall health. It teaches your heart and lungs to breathe more efficiently. It regulates hormones and improves muscle strength. It keeps your body a type of health that prevents excess stress.

Some studies have shown that regular jogging may be as powerful or more powerful than some of the world’s most well-known anxiety medications, all without any side effects. It’s something you should already be doing regularly for your own health, and is an absolute must if you suffer from anxiety.

2. Retrain Breathing

Another issue that often contributes to both anxiety and panic attacks is poor breathing. Many people with anxiety suffer from hyperventilation problems. Anxiety and stress cause the body to breathe a little bit faster. They also cause you to focus too much on your breathing, and try to bring it more air than you need.

Hyperventilation is when you breathe out too much carbon dioxide because of these poor breathing habits, and breathe in too much oxygen. Hyperventilation is also interesting because it makes you feel like you’re not getting enough oxygen, causing you to breathe in more deeply. Unfortunately, this only makes the anxiety and panic attack symptoms worse.

That’s why you should go through a breathing re-training. You can do this through deep breathing exercises, like those learned during yoga. The goal is to slow down your breathing considerably. One method includes:

  • Breathe in through your nose for 5 seconds.
  • Hold for 2 seconds.
  • Breathe out through your mouth for 7 seconds.

There are other types of breathing exercises you can try as well if you’d prefer something more interesting. Performing these exercises for 15 to 30 minutes every day can re-train your body to breathe in a way that prevents hyperventilation, and thus reduces some of the symptoms of anxiety.

3. Check Your Diet

Diet can affect your anxiety levels, although not as much as many people believe. Cutting out oils, trans fats, alcohol and heavy amounts of caffeine are all important. All of these make anxiety symptoms much worse, and the healthier you eat the more likely you’ll experience fewer anxiety symptoms. The healthier you are, the better for all of your mental health needs.

But your diet rarely causes anxiety on its own, unless you’re low on some very important vitamins and minerals. Check your diet to see if you could be lacking in any of the following vitamins:

  • Magnesium
  • Vitamin B12
  • Vitamin B1
  • Vitamin D

A deficiency in all of these vitamins may cause anxiety symptoms. Magnesium, for example, is lacking in mover 25% of the diets in the United States right now. Adding magnesium supplements or foods can be extremely advantageous.

You should also make sure that you’re drinking enough water. Dehydration can cause significant anxiety and lead to worse anxiety symptoms.

While most people’s diets don’t cause anxiety, they can easily contribute to it. Make sure that you’re eating foods that are rich in the vitamins and minerals you need, and your anxiety may become far more manageable.

Strategies to Try to Cure Anxiety

It’s impossible to say whether or not these strategies will provide you with any instant relief. Some people may find that their anxiety becomes so manageable after trying these important techniques that they don’t need any additional anxiety treatment. Others find that even though they feel better, they still need help.

As long as you’re ready to commit to an anxiety treatment instead of trying one for a few days and moving on to the next, then there are long term strategies that are nearly guaranteed to help you reduce your anxiety.

Find out more by taking my free 7 minute anxiety test now.

How to Refresh Your Brain–in 10 Minutes

How to Refresh Your Brain–in 10 Minutes

When you go from one task to the next–all day long–your mind constantly races to catch up. Hit the reset button with this underrated trick.

Andy Puddicombe is a former Buddhist monk and co-founder of Headspace, an entrepreneurial venture designed to demystify meditation and make it easily accessible to all audiences. In a recent TED talk, Puddicombe promotes an idea that almost sounds too easy to be true: refresh your mind in just 10 minutes a day and you might be happier at work.

Puddicombe seeks to provide “meditation for the modern world,” eliminating stereotypes of incense and cross-legged monks. And he might just be on to something. Here are two problems that plague modern-day workers–and how Headspace’s bite-sized meditation plan can help.

Problem #1: Inability to Focus

“The average office worker changes windows [on her computer] 37 times an hour,” Headspace’s head of research Nick Begley says in a meditation tutorial.

According to Begley, when your mind changes gears that rapidly, part of your brain is still engaged in the previous task and you don’t have all of the attention and resources necessary to concentrate on the current task. This slows down productivity and reduces your ability to filter relevant information from irrelevant information.

Problem #2: Stress

When people get stressed, there is a part of the brain called the amygdala that fires up the “fight or flight” part of the nervous system that helps you make quick, impulsive decisions.

“It signals to our hormonal system to secrete adrenaline and cortisol and increases our heart rate, respiration, and blood pressure, so we can escape this immediate physical danger,” says Begley.

The problem arises when there is no immediate physical danger–when, say, you’ve forgotten to hit “save” on an important document and your computer crashes, or you arrive unprepared for an important business meeting. The “fight or flight” impulse is not actually helpful in those situations and merely puts undue stress on the body, Begley explains.

The Solution

Refreshing your brain is easier than you think. Here’s the first and only step: Do nothing.

Puddicombe recommends simply setting aside 10 minutes each day to quiet your mind. Practice observing thoughts and anxieties without passing judgment–simply experience them. Focus on the present moment and nothing else.

“We can’t change every little thing that happens to us,” he acknowledges, “but we can change how we experience it.”

Six Easy Steps to Prevent Most Illness

The following steps are relatively simple, but not necessarily easy for all of us to comply with.  The leading causes of death; heart disease, cancer, diabetes, stroke, and others are all impacted by NOT doing the following.  In a recent study, less than 1% of Americans did all of the following:

1)  Sleep eight hours per day;

2)  Eat a balanced diet;

3) Exercise 30 minutes, three times per week;

4) Don’t smoke cigarettes;

5) Keep your stress low;

6) Drink one ounce of alcohol per day (you cannot save it up and drink seven on Friday night.  More than 3 ounces will have detrimental effects)

Do those six things, and you will significantly reduce your risk of all major killers.  Of course, we will all die from something, but wouldn’t you rather live a healthier, happier, and longer life?  Those things are pretty simple.

I will include a reference to number 6, as it is usually left out of lists because of the tendency of some to abuse alcohol.  If you are an alcoholic, have medical reasons not to consume, religious reasons, or have an addictive personality, leave it off your list.

Report below is reposted from Fitday.com.  You can Google positive benefits of alcohol and find hundreds of similar reports.  One ounce per day (equals one beer, one shot of liquor, or one four ounce glass of wine) can cut heart attacks in men by over 1/3.  Roughly the same amount as not smoking.

Alcohol: The Benefits of Moderate Drinking

Drinking alcohol in moderate amounts can have positive influences on physical and mental health. While alcohol is one of the most widely abused substances on the market, it is also one that features certain benefits for drinkers who consume it in safe amounts. For individuals who consume low levels of alcohol, benefits like reduced stress, increased cardiovascular health and decreased risk of developing type 2 diabetes offer a wealth of reasons for consumers to drink in moderation.

Reduce Stress, Anxiety and Tension

Research shows that the consumption of alcohol in moderate amounts can lead to certain psychological benefits. Low levels of alcohol can trigger stress reduction, easy feelings of anxiety and help consumers to reduce tension. In addition, low levels of alcohol consumption can also cause the consumer to feel more pleasant and relaxed. Studies on sleep show that people who drink in moderation get more sleep on average than do those who indulge in excess. These psychological effects of moderate drinking are positive ones that can be beneficial to the consumer.

A Longer Life

The positive psychological effects of drinking in moderation can be associated with the studies that show moderate drinkers tend to love longer than people who don’t drink at all or those who drink in excess. Studies from a number of different countries including China, the United States and England indicate that longevity is highest among groups of people who drink alcohol in moderation.

Increased Cardiovascular Health

Several studies have shown that drinking alcohol in moderation has a positive correlation with certain aspects of cardiovascular health.  In particular, the risk of developing coronary artery disease is significantly lowered in conjunction with moderate consumption of alcohol. Another link between alcohol and cardiovascular health shows that moderate consumption of alcohol has a positive correlation with survivability in the event of a heart attack. Those who drink low levels of alcohol are more likely to live and less likely to experience another heart attack.

Alcohol produces several positive effects on the body when consumed in low levels.  For example, it increases levels of good cholesterol (HDL) and lowers levels of bad cholesterol (LDL). Alcohol also acts as a blood thinner once it enters the human body, much like common aspirin does. Thus, when consumed in moderation, it can reduce the likelihood of developing blood clots in arteries.

Decreased Risk for Type 2 Diabetes

While consuming alcohol in large quantities has been proven to put drinkers at a higher risk for developing type 2 diabetes, some studies show that drinking in moderation might have the opposite effect. The relationship between alcohol and type 2 diabetes is the focus of a great number of ongoing studies. Findings show, however, that moderate drinkers are less likely to develop type 2 diabetes than heavy drinkers.

All of these health benefits associated with moderate drinking serve as an incentive for consumers to limit their levels of alcohol intake. Too much alcohol eliminates the health benefits described above. The best way to maximize on the health benefits of alcohol is to consume it in low levels.

Dealing With Stress Effectively

In keeping with our positive attitude, we are not going to talk about stress and all its bad side effects.  Instead, here is an excerpt from a great article with some ideas for controlling your stress:

Dealing with stress and its symptoms

 

 

 

 

 

While unchecked stress is undeniably damaging, there are many things you can do to reduce its impact and cope with symptoms.

Learn how to manage stress

You may feel like the stress in your life is out of your control, but you can always control the way you respond. Managing stress is all about taking charge: taking charge of your thoughts, your emotions, your schedule, your environment, and the way you deal with problems. Stress management involves changing the stressful situation when you can, changing your reaction when you can’t, taking care of yourself, and making time for rest and relaxation.

Learn how to relax

You can’t completely eliminate stress from your life, but you can control how much it affects you. Relaxation techniques such as yoga, meditation, and deep breathing activate the body’s relaxation response, a state of restfulness that is the opposite of the stress response. When practiced regularly, these activities lead to a reduction in your everyday stress levels and a boost in your feelings of joy and serenity. They also increase your ability to stay calm and collected under pressure.

Learn quick stress relief

Everybody has the power to reduce the impact of stress as it’s happening in that moment. With practice, you can learn to spot stressors and stay in control when the pressure builds. Sensory stress-busting techniques give you a powerful tool for staying clear-headed and in control in the middle of stressful situations. They give you the confidence to face challenges, knowing that you have the ability to rapidly bring yourself back into balance.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For more information, please go to:

http://www.helpguide.org/mental/stress_signs.htm