You can use various options from the list above, but there are other things to add to that list that will help avoid stress in your life:
- Cultivate a positive attitude. It is very difficult to make the right choices while you are under the influence of stress factors. Having a positive attitude gives you a big advantage when making life choices.
- Use self-control. Indulging in common bad habits like overeating or excessive alcohol consumption may give you temporary stress relief, but in the long run this will cause you more problems as well as more stress. Practice self-control and choose healthy ways to cope with stress.
- Avoid dwelling on the things that cause you stress. If you think constantly about the things that bother you, you will never get rid of your stress – it will simply be magnified. When your problems pop into your mind, consciously switch your thoughts to something positive like a hobby you enjoy, or a wonderful vacation you took, or anything that has made you happy. This takes practice, but is worth the work.
Best way to relieve stress
These days biofeedback has become a very popular way to manage stress. Originally biofeedback therapy was available only as a part of professional help. Now biofeedback techniques have become available in the form of commercially available tools for personal care.
Muscular relaxation training is an example of a stress management technique based on biofeedback. Using a special device, myogram signal reflecting electrical activity of specific muscles is continuously measured. At the same time, specific suggestive thoughts are being induced aimed at relaxing muscles. Muscle relaxation causes lowering muscular tonus and thus decreases myographic activity. The myogram level is displayed to the subject along with continuously giving suggestive thoughts. Thus the subject establishes a feedback leading to deeper muscular relaxation.
Another method of biofeedback training, based on deep rhythmic breathing, has become very popular among stress management techniques. Deep-paced breathing causes the heart rate to fluctuate in high coherence with breathing pace. This method involves a physiological mechanism of baroreflex playing a key role in body adaptation and achieving its internal homeostasis.
Heart rate is being continuously measured and displayed during a training session. A visual or audio metronome is presented to trainee to provide the right breathing pace. The influence of the paced breathing on heart rhythm is evaluated using a special mathematical algorithm and then presented to establish a biofeedback loop.
One of the immediate effects of this training is stress relief and restoring the body’s inner balance. Regular use of this training may cause other positive effects such as lowering blood pressure, normalizing metabolic processes and chemical balance, strengthening the immune system and many more.