Stress management is tricky business. Each of us requires a need to relieve oneself of built-up emotional baggage that accumulates over the week. There are many techniques that offer such benefits. It is essential to understand the balance of stress and relief in order to get the best results on a daily basis. To do so, an identification of stress relief catalysts, or tools, that work in your favor to relieve stress, is necessary. A few examples of these catalysts would be the following: taking a walk, reading, working out, short naps, an alcoholic beverage (in moderation and if over 21), journal writings, television (in moderation), and of course, meditation. There are many other options and what I have found is that it is important to not solely rely on the use of just one or two of these stress relievers. That is often the case and the danger in that is the overstimulation to your tool. By constantly going to it for relief on a daily basis, a dependency is put in place which can lead to a mild or serious addiction to what was supposed to be a stress reliever. A few examples of this would be an alcohol dependent person or someone who sleeps the majority of the day in order to escape the stresses that build from school, work or family.
Workout programs often promote the concept of “muscle confusion.” The idea is that by constantly switching up the workout regimen, muscles will constantly be forced to adapt and allow for greater results. The same ideology can be applied into stress management. By adding more stress relieving tools to your arsenal, you will see better results without building a dependency in one particular area. Don’t be afraid to incorporate new ways to make your life easier and more enjoyable! It’s all about finding your balance.