Friday, 9 March 2012

Activities That Help Relieve Stress

Some people think it is almost impossible to find an outlet while under stress. Most stressed individuals think doing fun activities will not reduce the effect of problems that they undergo in career, social or personal pressure – which is a very poor way to get cope or rid them of it.

Therapist around the world agree that certain activities like games, sports and art can have a great positive effect on a stressed person’s physical and behavioral problems. Some are even employed in stress management clinics and is part of the routine treatment in helping individuals cope with their stress issue.

Mind games
For the fact that stress affects the mental functions of an individual, therefore it is very important to teach a stressed person how to focus his mind on positive thoughts rather than dwelling on negative ones. Mind games offer an alternative which will help stressed persons divert there thought patterns to something more productive. These clinics encourage their patients to tackle crossword puzzles, etc to help them cope with stress. Incorporating these games into your daily routine will help to give your mind some diversion from problems.

Engaging in sports is a great way to relieve stress. Your body needs physical exercise to balance biological and muscular functions and to rejuvenate those muscles that are tight due to the effects of stress. Playing sports can also provide an outlet for emotional problems like anxiety, depression, irritation, anger, and so on.
There are two kinds of sports a person can engage on his or her own free time. They can opt for team sports like basketball, football or volleyball which serve as a means to socialize and exercise. Individual sports like taekwondo, karate, badminton, golf and tennis can also be a great help in focusing your mind to win the game rather than focusing on your stressors. 

 Visiting the gym has proved to be beneficial to emotional, mental and physical health when under stress. The routine exercise your gym instructor will give you can help you focus on the tasks at hand. The strenuous activities can develop your muscles which improve your body’s ability to cope with stress mechanism and allow the body to release chemicals and hormones that are beneficial to your physiological well-being. 

Cardiovascular workout can improve your heart and strengthen it to avoid stress related problems like strokes, high-blood pressure, chest pains and rapid heartbeat. The steady blood circulation in your system will benefit your muscles because of the fresh oxygen supply provided by these hearty fluids. 

Note however that working out at the gym needs proper diet as well since your physical attributes will be worked to the limit to help fight off stress. Fresh fruits and vegetables are necessary. They improve digestion and supply the body with the required nutrients. Red meat devoid of fat can give your muscles proteins that will strengthen muscle tissues for added flexibility.

A healthy dose of mental activities, physical exercise coupled with a balance diet can help a person to live a stress free life.

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