It was nice finding an article that says reading can reduce stress, I had chosen this as one of my stress relieving techniques and didn’t know it was backed-up. In this article “Reading for Stress Relief”, the writer says that required reading might not help reduce stress, but reading for fun can. Reading for fun takes us to a world outside our stress, away from news, family, work, emails, etc. I learned that reading could even relax your body by lowering and easing tension in your heart and muscles. What I found most interesting is in a study taken in 2009 at the University of Sussex, people found that reading reduces stress by 68%! I did not know that reading was that good for stress management, and what was even more shocking was that it is more efficient than listening to music or other relaxation methods like drinking tea/water. I found this article every useful and supportive!
For the article posted by Kate Morin, I took a lot away. She begins by saying stress is everywhere; whether in family, friends, fights, etc. 54% of Americans are concerned with the level of stress in their daily lives. I found that statistic very sad but believable. There is so much in life to obsess over and be worried about! However, Kate Morin provides many ways and techniques to reduce stress every day, all of which were very interesting. I will definitely be taking some of her suggestions and trying them because they seem logical. For example, doing an art project was one of her ideas; this to me would be very fun and beneficial. The project would completely distract my mind from whatever caused my stress and would focus on having fun painting, or creating something different! Another example that I want to try is chewing gum, I would have never thought that chewing gum would reduce stress so I am very excited to test it out! Studies show that chewing gum reduces cortisol levels which alleviate stress. I liked this article very much and thought it was very helpful!
Stress. We all deal with it. Whether it be our jobs, family life, drama with friends, a relationship problem, or finances, stress is there. While a little stress is probably good for you, it's the excess that does the harm.
This was by far the most entertaining web site I found, “How to Relieve Stress” helped me identify some good techniques on reducing stress in my life as well as gave very encouraging pictures that corresponded with each technique. I find it hard to find ways to reduce my stress because I am always moving it seems, but one of the most important and beneficial techniques that this site gave that I will have to try is doing nothing. The thought of doing nothing when I have so much to do is stressful in itself, however the article says that I need to learn to meditate and just let the stress go. As easy as that seems, it’s harder than it looks. But I believe letting go of my stress in some form of meditation and relaxation will help me reduce my stress load of the day. It will be interesting to see how this goes after my 30 day plan! Another beneficial way to reduce stress was drinking water, I will have to try it because being dehydrated leads to headaches which are a underlying cause of stress.
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