Sunday, September 4, 2011

Activities to Help with Stress Relief

A lot of people believe that when they are feeling stressed out there is no way to find any stress relief. It´s a common mis-belief that engaging in some sort of fun activity or hobby will not, in some way, relieve their stress.

But this could not be further from the truth!

It is now common knowledge amongst therapists the world over that engaging in activities such sport, games or hobbies will have a dramatic affect in your stress relief. It is not unheard of to find some of these therapists working in stress management clinics to help and advice people overcome their stress related conditions.

Stress Relief and the Mind

One of the first things that stress will affect is the way your mind works. When you are stressed out it is very easy to allow situations to blow up out of all proportion. Little things and events suddenly become big overwhelming situations that way you down and stress you out.

It is important to learn to concentrate your mind on positive thoughts rather than let it dwell on negative ones.

Use your mind to focus in a more diverse and productive way by doing a crossword puzzle or other simple puzzles can be very beneficial to your stress relief.

It may well be a good idea for you to find some sort of puzzle such as sudoku, a crossword or even simply reading a book that you can sit down and engross yourself in when you return home from work.

Most people use the TV as some sort of stress relief technique, but this really isn´t the best solution.>
Stress Relief and Sport

One of the best ways to help with stress relief is to take up some sort of sport. Why do you think so many business people play golf?

Your body needs physical exercise, period, but it also acts as a good release for stress and emotional problems like anger, depression, irritation and anxiety.

So, in actual fact you will be killing two birds with one stone when you take up some sort of sport.

The other good thing about sport is that it get you involved in a group activity which is also good for stress relief. It doesn´t matter whether you take up football, basketball, or even golf, you will end up interacting with other people. You will probably realize that the problems you are having and stressing out about, other people have too.

Stress Relief and Working Out in the Gym

You could join your local gym to give your body a good workout. One thing to check before going to a gym is that your blood pressure is not too high. Most gyms nowadays will want you to meet with one of their instructors who will show you how the various machines work and may even ask to take your blood pressure.

People suffering from stress often have high blood pressure. This does not mean you will not be able to make use of the gym, but your instructor should develop a program designed especially for your needs.

Stress over a long period of time can create problems with your heart and a good work out in the gym will strengthen your heart to help it cope with high blood pressure and the possibility of a future stroke.

So as you can see there are plenty of activities you can get involved in that will have a positive affect of your stress relief.

Some may be solitary such as solving a crossword puzzle or reading a book, others will be group activities such as basket ball or tennis. Some may even be strenuous like a visit to the gym.

Either way they will all give you some sort of stress relief.