10 Tips to Reduce Stress

With Christmas just a week away, I thought this list would be a good thing to post. While they don’t have anything directly to do with karate they are about having a healthier lifestyle. Of course, practicing your karate would have to be at the top of any stress reduction list. 🙂

  1. Find someone to confide in
    Talking about your problems makes you feel better. Encourage your friends and family to talk out their frustrations too.
  2. Jump in the tub
    A soak in a warm bath – about 100 degrees Fahrenheit – can help soothe your nerves.
  3. Learn how to say no
    Don’t spread yourself too thin. If you’re involved in too many activities, quit one or two that are less important. This will give you more time for yourself.
  4. Take time to relax each day
    Relaxing isn’t a waste of time – your body needs it. Go for a walk, read or sit and enjoy peace and quiet. Activities like these don’t take long, but can make a big difference.
  5. Manage your time
    Planning ahead can make your day much easier. List the things you have to do in order of importance and work from the top. Keep in mind that things always take longer than you expect, so pad your schedule. If possible, break down a big project into small chunks instead of trying to do it all at once.
  6. Car pool
    Traffic jams and dangerous drivers can make the ride to work stressful. To keep from becoming stressed out behind the wheel, share the driving to work or try to avoid peak commuting hours.
  7. Exercise
    Research shows that 30 minutes of intense exercise immediately reduces tension.
  8. Be assertive
    If you think someone is being unfair or too demanding, let him or her know. It can make you feel better and may reduce some of the pressure.
  9. Eat a potato.
    Foods high in carbohydrates like potatoes, pasta, rice, bread and popcorn trigger the release of a brain chemical called serotonin, which relaxes you.
  10. Laugh
    When you’re in a stressful situation, remember that no matter what happens, life goes on. Laughing feels good, and the deep breaths you take when you laugh help you relax.

Bonus Stress Reducer: Mention you read this post to Sensei and you will get a free gum ball!