Oops, you actually want to do the opposite: Promise yourself a certain amount of time of relaxation awarded after you complete what you need. The travel-stained adventurers gazed after her in astonishment, and even the unemotional Indians, journeying in with their pelties, relaxed their accustomed stoicism as they marvelled at the beauty of the pale-faced maiden. Time spent more productively means more free time to relax.
Limit your intake of vitamins B and D; they contribute to stress. Avoid caffeine after 3 in the afternoon. Eat more high-calorie, low-protein foods. Eat more low-calorie, high-protein foods. Positive thinking isn't about wishful or dreamer thinking; it's about making the most of the situations that you find yourself in and avoiding any tendency to add negative overlays.
While you might not feel calm and relaxed, imagining a calm and relaxed scene in your mind can do wonders to improve your outlook. Picture beaches, lying down resting, going for a hike, etc. Use affirmations to change your outlook on life and stop yourself from always jumping to negative conclusions. Affirmations are short, powerful statements that build you up and increase your confidence, helping you to expect positive outcomes.
Use positive, believable, and caring words about yourself. Teach yourself to step back and see the "big picture" when you're in the thick of things that don't seem to be going well. Recognize that most problems are temporary, and minor setbacks on the path to achieving larger goals.
Think logically, and restrain your emotions. If you learn to think more sequentially and logically when you're stressed, you might find that solutions become more apparent. Turn an objective eye on your stressors. Take a realistic look at what's freaking you out, and consider how you'd advise a friend in a similar position. Then, follow your own advice. If the problem is something you're doing, then change the way you act or react.
Stop and listen to those around you to figure out and correct what it is you might be misunderstanding or doing wrong. Find a quiet place when you are feeling overwhelmed and pamper yourself. Draw a warm bath. Light candles around the tub, dim the lights, add bubbles or lavender, if desired.
Lie on your bed or sofa. Play some soft music or nature CDs. Relax listening to ocean waves, waterfalls or birds. Read a good book. Curl up on the couch with a blanket and a cup of chamomile tea. Imagine a personal paradise. Close your eyes and envision a different setting. What do you see around you? Is there a breeze? What do you hear - birds or water? Imagine the calming sound of ocean waves reaching the shore.
Enjoy a moment in your special place. Even the stall of a bathroom at work is an ideal "quiet spot" for a breather if you have no other place to go. Guilt is a potent source of stress. Get rid of the source of guilt by behaving yourself; stop engaging in behaviors that make you feel guilty. Seek professional help, if necessary, but don't allow destructive behavior to escalate and sabotage your life and health.
Make a list of tasks for the day. Organize the list by importance, and be proactive and take care of things before they become a big problem. Time spent more productively means more free time to relax. Although this may sound counteractive to your goal of relaxing, procrastination never feels as good as having nothing to do. Get your tasks done now, and then you can truly relax.
Remove all thoughts and emotions from your mind by concentrating on your breathing. Meditation takes you into focusing on your whole being as a form of relaxation, rather than just focusing on one area of your body as any other relaxation technique tends to do.
It can take a while to master, but it is well worth the effort. Begin with a sitting posture for a minimum of 15 minutes per session, and build up to 45—60 minutes per session.
Find a respected mentor if you are having difficulty learning meditation by yourself. Avoid being intense, competitive, or frustrated about meditating — all of these emotions defeat its purpose! Focus on something, take a few deep breaths and let yourself become hypnotized. If you have trouble with self-hypnosis, go to a licensed hypnotherapist. Do not allow an amateur to try to hypnotize you, and beware of subliminal messages. Do activities or hobbies that relax you. Get your mind off the things that normally stress you out.
You may just need a break every now and then. Go fishing , sew, sing, paint or take photographs. Try singing a song using numbers instead of words. Singing can help to distract you from stress to suddenly relax.
Use music as relaxation therapy. Play it as loudly or as softly as you like, whichever calms you the most. Spend time with your pet. Cuddle or play with your pets. They'll love it and so will you. Talk to your pet about all the stress and anxiety you've been going through and you'll feel a lot better. Pet therapy is a genuine means for relaxing; you can also learn a lot from watching how your pet relaxes note, animals don't carry guilt around!
Laughter is the best medicine. Rent, buy or see a hilarious movie. This is guaranteed to help. Smiling and laughing releases endorphins, which fights stress, helps to relax and reminds you that life is more than just work. Even if it feels strange at first, make it a point to smile more often. Part 3 Quiz What are some ways in which you can practice positive thinking? Use visualization techniques, such as imagining a calm, relaxing beach.
Focus on the details and don't worry about the big picture. A and B only. Develop an invisible shield between yourself and stressed folk. This is really a visualization technique, in which you imagine that you are cocooned against the negative vibes of overly stressed people around you. See their behavior and attitudes for what they are, recognize what their stress is doing to them but refuse to let this penetrate your shield.
Don't carry the world's weight on your shoulders — these people are making a choice to behave in this way, and you don't have to come along for the ride. De-linking yourself from others stress can be hard at first, especially if you are empathic by nature, but keep practicing until not giving in to their negativity becomes second nature. Put the phone back down, shut the email folder, walk away. Whenever you feel like making an instantaneous reply in anger to someone who has raised your ire, don't act on it.
When we feel angry and stressed, we are more likely to read sinister interpretations into our interactions and if we act on them, our self-righteous anger can be self-fulfilling when the person responds negatively. Sleep on your angry missive and practice the relaxation techniques outlined here. Write a draft of your response, and let it sit for a day. If everything in it is just as true and valid to you 24 hours later, consider sending it.
If not, you'll be grateful you held off. Walk away and decompress. Instead of acting in anger, remove yourself from the situation until your calm has returned.
Spend less time with people who try to guilt you into doing things or tell you that you're not good enough. Yes, even if they're family. Steer clear of people who are constantly complaining or miserable, aka "negaholics". Stress can be contagious, so avoid transmitters. Understand that there is always a solution to a problem, even if they don't, or won't, see that.
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