Stress Management and Relaxation
|Massage||Someone rubs and soothes your muscles, back, neck, and head||Beware Of A masseuse who makes you uncomfortable||High cost, appointment usually needed|
|Meditation||Learning to put your mind in a focused but relaxed state||Distractions, feeling too pressured to meditate; this is not for everyone||Free, portable|
|Yoga||Spiritual deep breathing, stretching, and holding strengthening postures||Uncomfortable postures, pain with activity, pushing yourself too far||Medium cost; at-home tapes inexpensive; need small space and comfortable clothing although mini-yoga moves can be done anywhere|
|Deep breathing||Using mantras or counting to breathe in good and exhale bad thoughts or simply relax the body and mind rhythmically||Holding your breath too long, becoming light-headed||Free, portable|
|Conversation with a friend or understanding family member||Discussing what makes you stressed or simply being with someone who makes you feel happy||Negative comments, questions||Free, can be done by phone anywhere|
|Visualization||Picturing a relaxing scene such as a beach||Letting other thoughts in that are not relaxing or stressful||Free, portable, effective|
|Water therapy||Floating, swimming, taking a bath||Uncomfortable temperatures||Inconvenient but can be inexpensive|
|A nap||A catnap is less than 30 minutes||Oversleeping can ruin your sleep schedule||Free, sometimes inconvenient|
|Watching a movie/ TV||Laughter or escape can be very relaxing||Stressful commercials, other people, subject change to stressful topic||Inexpensive, relatively easy|
|Hobbies||Cooking, painting, gardening, or whatever makes you feel relaxed||Getting too caught up in perfectionism||You should make this inexpensive and easy!|
|Spending time with a pet||Studies show petting an animal reduces blood pressure||A disagreeable animal||Pets are a time and financial commitment|
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From The Active Woman's Health and Fitness Handbook by Nadya Swedan. Copyright © 2003 by Nadya Swedan. Used by arrangement with Perigee, a member of Penguin Group (USA) Inc.
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