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Do you eat? Do you hold back from eating? Do you get mean towards others? Do you cry? Do you freak out? What do you do when you are stressed? How do you act in general and towards others?  

What causes your stress?  

The funny thing is what causes stress for you may not cause stress for me so it can be anything. We all experience it at one to or another and anyone who says they do not is lying...unless of course they are very, very spiritual and at a retreat and meditating all day or practicing stress relieving techniques; and even then there’s probably some kind of stress. It’s normal and human to have stress. It’s how you handle it that counts.

Stress Relievers  

I’ve heard over and over again the number one stress reliever is meditation, guided imagery and/or prayer. I must say, it’s not as easy for me as it is for some to clear my mind totally, so I usually do my meditation before I go to bed or when just sitting alone in quiet for 5 minutes. I also say a cleansing prayer every morning in the shower to start my day off right.

Here are some other things I do and/or my friends do to relieve stress:

If the stress is causing any kind of anxiety within you, talk to yourself and let yourself know it’s only anxiety and you are in control of it.

Make healthy food choices.

Listen to relaxing music.

I love my self-help CD’s. They always calm me and put life back into perspective.

Exercise. Get moving!

Be sure to get enough sleep.

Breathe. Breathe. Breathe.

Sometimes you just need to get it out of your system and share with someone, so I call my husband or a friend. Talking it through with someone sometimes brings new light to it. Some seek help from a psychotherapist.

Turn on a funny TV show or pop in a comedy DVD.

Do whatever you need to do in order to get yourself less stressed and back to a calmer existence.

When I’m driving, I set cruise control to be less stressed.

There are so many things we can do to reduce stress. Can you think of any you do? Please share.

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