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4 Ways to Get Rid of Stress Right Now

By Erin Carll

Caregivers in Allison Park PA

One thing you can always count on as a family caregiver is that stress is going to crop up from time to time. If you're dealing with it way too often, these fast little strategies can give you the relief that you need right now so that you can get to the stuff that's important.

Breathe

When you first start learning to meditate or use relaxation techniques, you might be surprised how much emphasis is placed on your breathing. You need to breathe, of course, but breathing deeply, especially several times in a row, can help to bring down your blood pressure and calm you down. Practice breathing deeply from your abdomen when you're feeling stressed and pay attention to how much better you feel.

Play Some Tunes

Music is incredibly calming. It soothes the savage beast, after all, so it should be a no brainer that it can help you to feel less stressed. If you have a few minutes and you won't be disturbing anyone else, pull up a favorite song or two and turn it up. Maybe even have a mini dance party at the same time. If you're in public or you need to be a little quieter, make sure you have ear buds with you.

Get Moving

Getting regular exercise is a fantastic way to help you reduce your overall stress levels, but it's also incredibly handy when you're in the middle of a stressful situation. Have you ever noticed how often people pace when they're in the middle of an intense phone conversation? That's their body burning off excess energy caused by the stress hormones. When you're in the middle of a stressful situation, try finding ways to move, even for just a few minutes, to burn off that energy.

Focus on Just One Thing

When you're really stressed out one of the most common culprits seems to be the sheer volume of things you have to do. The problem is that it's difficult to get everything done when you're spending your time worrying about everything you have to do. Instead, just focus on what you're doing right now. Then, when that's done, focus on the next thing that needs doing most. Don't worry about the rest of the items on the list, just focus on the one task right now. Everything else will keep.

As you get better about mastering your stress you may find yourself using some of these strategies without even thinking about it.

Source
http://www.alz.org/care/alzheimers-dementia-caregiver-stress-burnout.asp

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