Tuesday, September 27, 2011

How do you relieve stress?

The world (both locally and globally) can seem pretty overwhelming at times and this can cause that nasty '6 letter word' to rear its ugly head ... I'm talking about stress. People can stress out about a lot of things these days, many of which have been around for generations.

Women (and men) stress about their weight. Men (and women) stress about finances. Young adults (and older) stress about college and getting a job. Many causes of stress are not age exclusive. Some people stress when driving in rush hour traffic, especially when there's construction detours on top of it. People stress about politics and wars. 'Anything' can become stressful, no matter how big or how small .. it just depends on your reaction to it.

Stress is inevitable. The bigger question (the one we have some control over) is how do we choose to deal with stress?

What relieves your stress? Do you curl up on the couch with a hot cup of herbal tea? Do you pop a yoga dvd in and start stretching? Do you go for a run or go to the gym and punch one of those weighted bags that hang from the ceiling? Do you call a friend on the phone, vent for 5 minutes and then talk the situation through? There's no right or wrong answer. It's obviously an individual choice, but one that everyone should address.

Stress, in whatever form, will always be there. If you've found a way to avoid it all together, I'm sure we'd all like to hear about it.

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