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Eleven Great Ways to Reduce Stress

by Dr S. Tamer

(NaturalNews) Stress is a big challenge in life nowadays. The sources of stress are many and the helpful ways to reduce stress are also plentiful. Common symptoms of stress include skin problems, impotence, stomach ulcers, high blood pressure, fatigue, insomnia and frustration.

We don't need to set a time to reduce stress, we need to incorporate some strategies in our daily life routine to prevent stress and reduce its effect on the body.

Here are 11 simple steps we can easily take to reduce stress:

1. Define your goals: we must define our life goals and begin to achieve these goals; this action will support us against stress because we will feel that we know what our life purpose is and why, and that we control our own lives.

2. Take control of your diet: we can use simple ways in our diet plans to reduce stress by avoiding some stimulants such as coffee, tea and sugar and we can use chamomile tea as an alternative because of its calming and relaxing effect. We need to eat slowly in a calm environment to allow our digestive system to work well. We can use honey as an alternative to sugar but in small amounts (one or two spoonfuls per day).

3. Take hot baths regularly: after a very busy day or when we feel that we need to relax (I do this three times a week). You can take a hot bath by sitting in warm to hot water and the water level should be above the waist, using lavender oil can also enhance this relaxing experience.

4. Aromatherapy: in the office you can use aromatherapy to relax and avoid stress. One of the best ways is to use lavender oil on a source of heat and take in the scent; this is a great way to relax during the day when you need it the most.

5. Exercise: This is one of the important things you can do which will reduce stress and bring happiness. When we exercise, our brains release substances which bring feelings of happiness and relaxation; we need engage in some exercise regularly such as walking, dancing or swimming.

6. Breathing techniques: Yoga, meditation and Tai Chi all use deep breathing techniques. To meditate, simply sit with closed eyes and concentrate on your breathing. Breathing deeply regularly is great for health and from there, you can learn various other breathing techniques to gain enhanced benefits.

7. Relaxation techniques and self hypnotherapy: we can easily do this after the hot bath to relax even more, simply sit or lie down in a comfortable place with your eyes closed, imagine there is a spot light above your head and concentrate on it, then concentrate on your body part by part and try to relax the body and feel the relaxation deepening -- you can also use a self hypnotherapy audio tape to help in this process.

8. Massage: this is a great way to reduce stress, I do this when other ways fail, I feel better after receiving a massage. You can get a professional massage or you can simply ask your partner to massage you.

9. Spiritual healing: prayers and the act of helping others are very important components for happiness and stress reduction. You will feel calmer and have a sense of inner peace.

10. Talking through your problems: talking about your feelings acts as a releasing mechanism and you will soon find that talking about your problems with your partner or best friend may help the solution to the problem come to light and will help to release blocked emotions.

11. Multivitamins: I take a Vitamin B complex regularly to decrease stress and this has been a great help in my stress reduction.

I hope that you find these suggestions helpful, my hope in sharing this information with you is that you can benefit from it. Reading about this is not enough to reduce stress, you must take action.

About the author

M.B.B.C.H, Physician, D.H.P. , D.C.M.T, S.N.H.S Dip. (Nutrition),
S.N.H.S Dip. (Herbalism), I.R.F member, Reiki master,
Member of the Royle Institute of Hypnotherapy and Psychotherapy,
Member of the Complete Mind therapists Association,
Member of the International Reiki Federation

Keys to Happiness


Keys to Happiness
Happiness is the only goal on earth that all people without exception are seeking to attain.  Believers and unbelievers alike seek to be happy, but each party is using different methods.
However, only believers can achieve genuine happiness.  All forms of happiness attained without a firm belief in God, the Almighty, are mere illusions.
The following are tips for the attainment of happiness:
1.    Know that if you do not live within the scope of today, your thoughts will be scattered, your affairs will become confused, and your anxiety will increase.  These realities are explained in the following hadith:
"When you are in the evening, do not expect to see the morning, and when you are in the morning, do not expect to see the evening." (Saheeh Al-Bukhari)
2.    Forget the past and all that it contained.  Being absorbed in things that are past and gone is sheer lunacy.
3.    Do not be preoccupied with the future because the future is in the world of the unseen; do not let it bother you until it comes.
4.    Do not be shaken by criticism; instead, be firm.  Be sure that in proportion to your worth, the level of people's criticism rises.  Also, make good use of criticism in discovering your shortcomings and faults, and let it drive you toward self-improvement.
5.    Have certain faith in God and perform good deeds; these are the ingredients that makeup a good and happy life.
6.    If you desire peace, tranquility, and comfort, you can find it all in the remembrance of God.
7.    You should know with certainty that everything that happens, occurs in accordance with the divine decree.
8.    Do not expect gratitude from anyone.
9.    Train yourself to be prepared for the worst eventuality.
10.  Perhaps what has happened is in your best interest, even though you may not comprehend how that can be so.
11.  Everything that is decreed for the believer is the best for him.
12.  Enumerate the blessings of God and be thankful for them.
13.  Remember that you are better off than many others.
14.  Relief comes from one hour to the next.  Indeed, with each difficulty there is relief.
15.  In both times of hardship and ease, one should turn to supplication and prayer, either patiently contented or thankful.
16.  Calamities should strengthen your heart and reshape your outlook in a positive way.
17.  Do not let trivialities be the cause of your destruction.
18.  Always remember that your Lord is Oft-Forgiving.
19.  Assume an easy-going attitude and avoid anger.
20.  Life is bread, water, and shade; so do not be perturbed by a lack of any other material thing.
"And in the heaven is your providence and that which you are promised." (Quran 51:22)
21.  Most evil that is supposed to happen never occurs.
22.  Look at those who have more afflictions and be grateful that you have less.
23.  Bear in mind the fact that God loves those who endure trials with steadfastness, so seek to be one of them.
24.  Constantly repeat those supplications that the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) taught us to say during times of hardship.
25.  Work hard at something that is productive, and cast off idleness.
26.  Do not spread rumors and do not listen to them.  If you hear a rumor inadvertently, do not believe it.
27.  Know that your malice and your striving to seek revenge are much more harmful to your health than they are to your antagonist.
28.  The hardships that befall you atone for your sins, if you endure with patience.
Description: Some of the means for achieving happiness.
By Ayed Al-Qarni
Published on 23 Mar 2009 - Last modified on 02 Apr 2009