Everyone suffers from stress from time to time but when you have a chronic disease, stress not only adds to your everyday burden but can often exacerbate the symptoms of your condition. While we can’t avoid stress altogether, there are ways that we help ourselves relax more and not let things stress us out so much. We’ve put together a list of six tips to help you learn how to relax more with information from skillsyouneed.com.
1. Worry less
Most of us are prone to worrying about things, some more so than others. Often we find ourselves worrying about things we have no control over, or fretting about the things that could go wrong. Try to look at things more positively; instead of imagining the things that could go wrong, think about all the things that could go right. If a situation is out of your control, try not to think about it until it comes to its natural conclusion.
Do things that take your mind off worrying about a situation, even if it’s just for a short while. Your body will thank you for the distraction.
2. Know your limits
There is no point in stressing out about things you can’t actually do or find incredibly difficult to do. Focus on the things that you can do and do well. Be proud of your accomplishments and equally, pat yourself on the back for trying things, even if you don’t achieve what you set out to do.
3. Forgive yourself
We all have things we’ve done in the past that we regret. However, they’ve passed and worrying about them in the future is not helpful for anyone. Forgive yourself and move forward. You know you won’t make the same mistake again.
4. Know it’s OK to say “no”
Family and true friends will accept that you feel too ill or tired to do something, and they won’t mind if you back out of a planned event or get-together. If you don’t feel up to something, it’s OK to say no, don’t allow yourself to be pressured or burdened by others.
Daily exercise is great for the body but it’s also good for the soul. Nothing de-stresses better than the rush of endorphins released by movement. Chose a workout that you enjoy (otherwise it’s counterproductive) and that’s within your physical limits. Setting small goals will help you gradually strengthen your body and give you a sense of accomplishment when you achieve them.
6. Stimulate your mind
Often we stress more when we have nothing else to focus on. A new hobby can give you a new focus and act as a great distraction. It’s a great way to unwind and spend some quality time doing something you enjoy.
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