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~Limit your time on phone and interactions. Constant talking and interacting can be draining.
~ Take a hot shower or bath without interruptions.
~Listen to soothing music. If music or sound is an irritant for you, then this suggestion is not for you.
~Take a day trip. A short trip to a peaceful place such as ocean, lake, park, zoo, etc. can be very relaxing and soothing. If your health limits allow take a vacation.
~Make lists of chores, activities, tasks, etc. and do them one at a time.
~Participate in activities that are meaningful to you and give purpose to your life.
~Avoid drugs and alcohol. They only mask your symptoms and will intensify problem in long run.
~Eat a healthy well balanced diet. Avoid caffeine and sugar.
~ Get proper sleep- if youíre sleep deprived you canít cope well with stress.
~Partake in deep breathing exercises. The breath is a great calming agent.
~Humor is great for soul. Get regular doses.
~Regular exercise burns stress off and helps you cope better.
~Spend time with nature. It nurtures, soothes and feeds.
~Engage in prayer or meditation.
~Take frequent naps or resting periods- Naps can be very rejuvenating.
~Vent emotional stress. Talk it out, write it out or whatever it takes to release it. Donít let it build.
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Cynthia Perkins, M.Ed. is an author and holistic health counselor helping individuals living with chronic illness or chronic pain to live life to the fullest and find holistic life management strategies.