Life is tough. It doesn't matter who you are or what you do,
we all have to face many difficult and stressful situations.
Being at the effect of life can leave us feeling stressed,
worried, angry, confused and frustrated.
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And the way we feel affects
everything in our lives. When we feel bad, everything seems much
worse than it is. A bad mood is like a filter that prevents us
from seeing the positive things in life. Every little thing
seems like another irritation.
If that's something you can relate
to – take heart – we all know what it's like to feel stressed
and frustrated. The important thing is to have the tools to
recover quickly and naturally, find yourself again, and get back
Here are four tips to help you
relax the body and mind:
1. Take A Break
When things are starting to get out
of hand and you can feel yourself reaching threshold, STOP.
Finish what you're doing. Take a break before you start anything
If someone is driving you mad, make
an excuse and leave the room! Go and take a walk. Get some fresh
air, find some calm within and then prepare yourself to get
stuck in again!
Listen To Relaxing Music
Music can have a powerful effect on
your state. I'm sure there have been times when you heard a
piece of music and suddenly you felt great. We all know songs
that make you tap your foot or remind you of being in
Create a collection of music to
help you relax and feel good. Make a tape of those songs that
make you smile to help you unwind. Play it as often as you
can...when you're at home, when you're working, when you're in
your car. You'll be surprised how good you'll begin to feel.
3. Avoid Stimulants
Tea, coffee, fizzy drinks and
chocolate all contain caffeine. Over the course of the day, this
can add to your stress level considerably.
Why not prepare yourself a healthy
water, freshly squeezed fruit juice and
herbal teas are excellent for maintaining your body's natural
and helping you keep cool under pressure.
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4. Use A Soothing Voice
Use a relaxed and soothing tone of
voice, not just out loud, but also when you talk to yourself. A
soft, low, melodious tone opens up the relaxation circuits in
your mind and helps you stay calm even in heated situations.
A friend of mine once told me "Life
is a struggle. But once you accept that, it becomes a lot
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learn to deal with life's challenges by setting aside some
time to go to work on ourselves, developing a state of
acceptance. When we can learn to calm our minds and separate
ourselves from our problems, we are on the road to significant
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