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Basic Techniques of Stress Management
« on: September 09, 2006, 07:57:21 AM »

  Stress management should be a discipline that everybody should follow in order to maintain a high-quality lifestyle. Stress coping is not difficult to achieve if you determine external and internal factors leading you to stressful outcomes, analyzing objectively how real and easy to handle they can be.
     Accepting to change whatever is wrong, is usually the first step towards stress relief. Stop for a moment and determine if your life is not being affecting by stress already. Check you hands for sweating, coolness or tense nerves, common indicator of stress, along with jaw clenching, the leading factor to headaches and migraines.

   However, effective stress management includes the understanding of stress from its different approaches, emotional, physical, emotional and psychological, accompanied by behavioral effects and mood swings. As an example, backache, shoulder or neck ache, not only cause pain but also stress, adding physical and emotional tension.

   Stress relief is only possible by putting basic techniques of stress management into your every day practice. A good start is by learning to relax, while keeping a writing record of your feelings and fears. Alternative medicine is contributing to self-management through easy holistic techniques that anyone can practice safely, and effectively, at home.

      Deep breathing, exhaling through the mouth instead of nose, relaxation techniques, including Yoga and Tai Chi, are just a few that does not require a high degree of professional skills. Holistic offers also a number of tools promoting relaxation, hence stress relief. Bach Flower remedies and autogenic relaxation (self-suggestion) are the most common to choose.

    A professional therapist, introducing you to neuro-linguistic programming, a healing process that enables you to break old conduct patterns by means of awareness, breathing, posture and specific exercises contributing to stress relief, may also conduct stress management based on holistic techniques.

     Preventing relapse is also possible through common techniques that have nothing to do with holistic therapies, nor any other New Age alternative. Almost anyone can return to their inner self, relaxing with simple methods such as picturing pleasant images mentally, exercising to maintain a busy mind in a healthy body, or verbalizing positive statements.

     Keep in mind that prevention is better than the cure. Stress management techniques are effective, but if you stay away from situations out of your control, avoid or keep under a watching-eye certain substances such as caffeine, alcohol, nicotine, drugs and even sugar, you probably will be helping to relieve stress before the condition actually exists.

  A healthy diet accompanied by a dietary supplement, 30 minutes of exercise every day and enough sleep by nights can guarantee a stress-free life.[/color][/font]