Stress reduction and relaxation techniques. Too much life stress can take a toll on your body, your
mind, and the people who are closest to you. In addition to getting regular
physical activity, you can take charge of how stress affects you by taking 20
minutes a day for relaxation time.
Meditation focuses your attention and helps calm both
mind and body. Daily meditation is used for managing a spectrum of physical and
emotional conditions, including
high blood pressure, anxiety, depression, and
The body responds to stress
with muscle tension, which can cause pain or discomfort.
Progressive muscle relaxation reduces muscle tension
and general anxiety and may help you get to sleep.
Positive thinking. Positive thinking
may help you live a longer, happier life. Even if you tend to be an
optimist, there are times when it takes extra effort to frame your life
positively. Take the following steps to harness the power of positive thinking
in your daily life.
Create positive expectations of yourself, your
health, and life in general. When you catch yourself using negative self-talk
or predicting a bad outcome, stop. Reframe your thought into a positive one,
and speak it out loud or write it down. This type of thinking can help you best
recover from surgery, cancer, and other life crises.
to humor, friendship, and love. Go out of your way to find reasons to laugh and
to spend time with people you enjoy.
Appeal to a higher power, if
it suits you. Whether it be through your faith in a loving, all-powerful God or
your connection with nature or a collective unconscious, your sense of
spiritual wellness can help you through personal trials and enhance your joy in
living. For more information, see the topic Stop Negative Thoughts: Choosing a Healthier Way of Thinking.