204. Ten Ways to Reduce Stress

  1. Meditation and yoga can help separate you from stress.
  2. Physical activity releases chemicals that combat anxiety and depression.
  3. Be careful with how much caffeine you take in. Maybe switch from coffee to green or black tea.
  4. Practice good time management skills. For example, get a paper or electronic planner so you can spread tasks out over several days. Don’t schedule more for any day than what you can comfortably accomplish. Keep your lists short – no more than a couple major projects and five or so lesser projects.
  5. Find relaxation time during the day, like sitting down and listening to music for a half hour.
  6. Build quiet time into the end of the day so you can go to bed relaxed. Don’t watch stimulating TV shows right up to when you go to bed. Especially, don’t spend time on the computer struggling with technology until the late evening.
  7. Eat plenty of vegetables, fruits, and other healthy food. Junk food is not a friend to stress.
  8. Combat computer overstimulation: A little nature therapy can also ease the stress of too much computer time. A stroll through a park counteracts overstimulation and can also boost your mood and energy.
  9. Listen to the music: A number of studies show that listening to music, especially classical, may help you unwind.
  10. Creating artwork and crafts can help relax your senses.

About Patrick Day

In 2010, I escaped from four long years of deep, dark depression. This blog shares lessons I learned from those years as depicted in my autobiography - How I Escaped from Depression - as well as other insights about depression and anxiety that only come from someone who has gone through it. When you have a heart attack, you become an expert in heart attacks. When you have diabetes, you become an expert in that condition. As such, I am an expert in depression, with a four-year experiential degree and graduate studies in how to live a life going forward that keeps the ever-lurking Depression at a healthy distance.
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