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Destressing the right way

lot has been said about stress and it’s effects on your health and beauty. Still it appears there is no escape if you live in a cosmopolitan city such as Lagos.

No-stressIf you’re a working woman, you’re even more prone, with multiple responsibilities at home, work and to extended family.

We’ve heard it all from the simplistic to the ridiculous- pop gum, breathe deep, slather on hand lotion, scream, peel an orange, call your granny, sip coffee and watch the sun rise…

It’s time to determine once and for all what works and what doesn’t.

Plan your Vacation

It really doesn’t matter how near your last vacation was or where you are going to next. If you aree going to be stress free at some point you absolutely have to have a vacation and the sooner you begin to plan for it the more distressing it has the capacity to be.

Thinking of the details of your trip not only gives you the feeling you are at least doing something right, it gives you good practice with paying attention to details: how many companions, if any? Who would they be? Where would you be going? What activities would you be doing. When will the vacation be? Those and a hundred other details.

Planning with others would provide an opportunity for ‘pleasurable’ team work that would permanently put your mind off subjects that cause you stress.

Planning for your vacation provides a permanent escape route from any and every situation you are in and actually ensure that you get great deals and have a well planned vacation. And it really doesn’t matter how small the budget is. There’s always somewhere to go.

Go Shopping

Yes, retail therapy is all that it has been construed to be. It works, whether or not you are spending your money or somebody else’s.

As the popular phrase goes, “When the going gets tough, the tough go shopping”? There just may be some wisdom in that. Generally described as the act of shopping and spending to improve one’s mood, Retail Therapy has been clinically shown to boost the production of feel good hormones.

There are rules, though. Buy things you actually need, like an early Christmas/birthday/Valentine day’s presents or even new work clothes. Dressing appropriately not only increases our confidence, but may even help us perform better. Also, retail therapy, like alcohol, is very addictive and good only in small dozes .

Of course, the presumption is that you understand that material things do not have the ability to keep you happy on the long run.

Listen to Music

Not everyone likes music, in the general sense but in reality everyone has

Listening to soothing music can be very relaxing—and slow tempos in particular can induce a calm state of mind. (It can also slow down breathing and heart rate, lower blood pressure, and relax tense muscles too). This can be particularly beneficial when you’re getting ready for a tough day at work, if you’re in your car stuck in traffic, or, if you’re lying in bed trying to free your mind of stressful thoughts.

Vent!

It sounds like such an uncivilized thing to do but good old fashioned venting is clinically one of the best ways to distress. In actual fact, it is perfectly healthy for every woman to have a venting partner, male or female , to whom she can whine at the end of a long, stressful day or to you see through that relationship that is stressing you out.

Understand that the whole point of venting is the venting itself. Your partner is not going to solve the problem, but he/she will keep your blood pressure down.

Laugh

True, there are times when it seems as though there is nothing whatsoever to laugh about but the first person you should be laughing at is yourself because if you can laugh at yourself you can laugh at anything.

Look out for humour in every situation. Join an online jokes group where jokes are shared and if all else fails, watch some hilarious back issues of your favourite comedy. Laughing is actually learnt behaviour and habitual rather than instinctive. If you can’t laugh begin by smiling and soon you’ll be laughing out loud.


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