Stress Release Manual

by Mariah F.

This manual is dedicated to its author, who believes one must be stress-free to settle into life. She will continue to strive for freedom of stress for minutes and miles to come.

Contents

Chapter 1: Stressors

Chapter 2: Taking Care

Chapter 3: Learning to Relax

Chapter 4: Changing Attitude

Chapter 5: Managing Time

Chapter 6: Laughter

Stressors

What stresses us out into misery? Late homework? Busy schedules? Depression? Boredom? Loneliness? These are all causes to distress.

Taking Care

A great, natural remedy for stress release is exercise. Go out for a jog, or ride your bike around the neighborhood.

Be sure to get enough sleep as well, and take great joy from your happiest dreams. Remember the dream of the family joys, and settle into it throughout the day.

Eat well to feel better physically, and mentally. Put peanut butter on apples instead or caramel, or use olive oil instead of traditional butter to flavor greens.

Learning to Relax

Think of how you can positively release stress with daily activity.

-- Take a nap when you're tired.

-- Read a favorite book.

-- Use essential oils in your home.

-- Light candles for peaceful ambience.

-- Listen to nature sounds.

-- Do yoga.

-- Stretch your muscles.

-- Take a walk outside.

-- Talk with a friend about your situation.

-- Take a warm bath.

-- Get a massage.

-- Watch a favorite movie.

-- Have a bonfire with friends.

-- Listen to your favorite music.

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Changing Attitude

Find things that you like about yourself personally. Do you like your brown eyes? Do you like how you're not too tall? Do you like your talents? Do you like your ability to make people smile? Do you like your honesty? Think of all of your potential in life.

Think, has there been a time where a challenge made you feel good about yourself? Did you not make it into the All-State band, but you understood why didn't make it afterwards and this helped you become a better musician? Let confidence take over you.

Managing Time

Find ways to manage your time more efficiently. Do small tasks in your free minute, and large tasks in your free hour. Plan your day in a appropriate fashion that lets you get any needed work done. Don't procrastinate. Keep in mind what needs to get done until it's done. If you get things done when needed, reward yourself.

Laughter

Find things to make you laugh. Does it crack you up to see your cat sleeping in the sink? Do you laugh when you talk with your dad, or when you see someone that you have a humorous connection with? Do memories of funny times make you feel better, or even moments that seemed bad during the time they happened, but are funny now? Rejuvenate with the feelings that come with laughter.