Stressed? 10 Tips to Decompress

What Is Stress Stressed? 10 Tips to DecompressStressed?You need to compress! Before you decompress, though, lets take a look at why you are feeling stressed.

What is Stress?

Stress is a natural bodily reaction to a perceived harm.  You may know this reaction as the “fight or flight syndrome“.  When your body becomes stressed it releases hormones called cortisol and the better known adrenaline.  These hormones trigger your body to breathe harder, divert blood from the gastrointestinal tract to your muscles, elevate your heart rate, dilate your pupils and increase your awareness.

I know, that doesn’t sound so bad, does it?  Sounds like fun.  It is the perfect scenario for a good work out too, right?  I mean, who doesn’t like to be aware or have their muscles ready to move.  Dilated pupils give you that dreamy doe-eyed look, who wouldn’t want that???

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Stressed? You need to decompress!

The problem is, the physical state of stress is supposed to be temporary.  If the stress hormones are not used by physical activity they will accumulate in your system and cause both mental and physical illness.  People who suffer from long-term stress are at high risk for problems such as high blood pressure, depression, gastric ulcers, stroke, heart attack, chronic headaches, chronic fatigue, and the list goes on and on. In fact, stress can manifest itself in strange ways that you have never imagined, who knows what could happen as a result of stress.  Is it good to feel like this? No.  Is it worth risking these health problems? No.  This is a serious situation which calls for some action to decompress.

Tips To Decompress

Physical Activity:  One of the best ways to relieve stress is to get active.  Even a simple 10 minute walk will ease the tension and eliminate feelings of stress. Increase that to 30 minutes per day and you will see a dramatic decrease in your stress levels and will be strengthening your heart and body as well. Choose different activities that you enjoy doing and soon you will feel much more relaxed.

Riding a bike Stressed? 10 Tips to Decompress

Biking is a great stress reducing activity. Wear your helmet!

Deep Breathing: Take 15-20 minutes every day and practice deep breathing exercises.  Deep breathing relaxes your muscles, lowers your heart rate, calms your mind and relaxes your body.

Writing:  Buy a special journal to jot down your thoughts and your feelings.  Writing your feelings out on paper is cathartic, provides you with a moment of rest and reflection and suddenly things don’t seem so bad.

Laugh From The Toes Stressed? 10 Tips to Decompress

Laugh from the toes.

Talking:  Talking with someone you trust to express your emotions in a positive way can help lift your burden and improves your coping skills.

Laughing and crying:  Laughing and crying are our bodies natural way of relieving tension and dealing with stressful situations.  Rent your favorite comedy or tear-jerker and let some tension go.

Do what you love: In your journal, list your favorite activities, things you love to do. Choose one or two of those activities to do when stress is building up.  Doing what you love is fun and relaxing and gives you a sense of purpose.  A perfect scenario for relieving stress.

Massage: Massage has been shown to relieve anxiety, improve circulation, relieves pressure on the nerves of your body and, well, relieve stress!

Accentuate the positive: The power of positive thinking goes a long way in your ability to cope with stressful situations. People who practice positive thinking have lower incidences of depression, cardiovascular disease, and the common cold.  Positive thinkers also have longer life spans.  Think positive!

Meditation:  Take 15-20 minutes and focus on feeling calm and clearing your mind.  You can practice your deep breathing in conjunction with meditation if you want to.  Taking a moment out of a buys day and clearing your mind can relieve stress in a huge way.

Imagery:  Imagery is a stress reduction technique that uses your imagination of pleasant sounds, smells, sights, feelings and colors to release tension.  The great thing about imagery is that you can do it anywhere and it is like a little mini imaginary vacation.  Start with strong imagery and work your way to softer colors and images in your mind and you will find the tension gradually leaving your body.

Imagery Stressed? 10 Tips to Decompress

This works for me!

Smell the roses:  If you are feeling stressed out, take some time to enjoy life’s simple pleasures.  These might include taking a hot bubble bath, reading a good book, planting some flowers, fix a special meal and eat by candlelight, watch the sunrise or sunset, or sleeping in.  Just pick a bouquet of roses, take a whiff, feel just a little renewed.

Are you feeling stressed? You need to decompress!  Beat stress by simply applying some of our tips to decompress to help you feel more relaxed, happy and healthy.

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10 Responses to Stressed? 10 Tips to Decompress

  1. Lisa March 28, 2012 at 1:26 pm #

    Love that video of Jessica- she is awesome. Great points on ways to decompress. I like your idea on writing and of course exercise.

  2. adoctorandanurse March 28, 2012 at 1:56 pm #

    Lisa, isn’t that video just the greatest! Think how we would all feel about ourselves if we got up in the morning and gave ourselves a pep talk like that. There would be a load of happy stress free people in the world. Thanks for your comment and visiting my site, I always love to hear from you. Jana

  3. Justthoughtsonablog March 29, 2012 at 7:16 am #

    I certainly can relate to stress this month…
    In a month, we have buried two different Aunts’ my moms last sisters. My nephew had brain surgery three times to relieve fluid after a car wreck. My youngest went to the doctor for back pain and the MRI shows a deformation in the lower back and black as coal so we go back next week to find out more, then my oldest daughters husband was in an eight car wreck on the Interstate last Weekend and broke five bones and shattered his shoulder. His surgery is today at noon….
    I am going to retread every tip on here and retread again and hope that I can do one or all.
    Stress has taken a toll on me with all this. I am keeping the granddaughter, who I love keeping but we are in our fifth day and night while they are at the hospital and I now have a fever blister…stress related, eating too much, also stress related, and having way too many headaches, also stress related.
    Your post couldn’t have come at a better time! Thank you! I will go reread them now….

    • adoctorandanurse March 29, 2012 at 8:53 pm #

       @Justthoughtsonablog  Betty, you have been in my thoughts and on my mind these past few weeks.  Now I know why.  I will keep you in my prayers.  While we are waiting for some answers from above, try some deep breathing!  God Bless, Jana

      • Justthoughtsonablog March 30, 2012 at 7:10 am #

        @adoctorandanurse @Justthoughtsonablog
        Thank you, Jana! You have been a wonderful friend. God does answer prayers and these things will pass.
        Deep breathing ….deep breathing….cough, cough….I think I swallowed a bug! Cough, breath…

        • adoctorandanurse March 30, 2012 at 10:06 pm #

           @Justthoughtsonablog   @adoctorandanurse  @Justthoughtsonablog Betty, You crack me up!  Now, this is serious! Come on, pull it together.  LOL  Jana

  4. BiteSzWellness March 30, 2012 at 2:15 pm #

    Thanks for the lengthy list of ways to de-stress. I love how you mentioned to accentuate the positive and take in the small joys of life. Sometimes a life changing moment doesn’t need to happen to feel calm and refreshed!

    • adoctorandanurse March 30, 2012 at 10:05 pm #

       @BiteSzWellness I am glad you like the accentuate the positive section because I wrote an entire blog post on that topic just for  I hope you can use it, I will sent it over next week.  Jana


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