Youre at your wits end. All day your boss was on the warpath, and all night your kids screamed and fought with one another. Now its 10 p.m. There are piles of bills crowd the counter and dirty dishes line the sink. All you want to do is relax. You plop yourself in your favorite chair, reach for the remote and start surfing.
Sound familiar? Tuning out the world is one of the most common responses to stress. But its not necessarily the most effective one. In fact, stress-management experts say stress reduction requires attention and discipline. Activities that actually reduce stress include daily exercise, finding constructive outlets for your emotions, socializing, performing relaxation exercises and eating a healthy diet.
None of these methods may eliminate your stress entirely, but they can help you balance your stress with positive experiences, to help you maintain a healthier mind and body.
Research shows that practicing stress management is not merely about helping you live a more pleasant life. It also can help you live a longer one.