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5 Practical Stress Management Techniques and Tips To Naturally Plan for Less Stress

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Manage stress naturally

To effectively and naturally manage stress, we must think of ways to use techniques to manage beyond the next 5 minutes, the next day and next week. If you don’t make long term plans to manage your life, you may feel like you are in a constant state of treading water which may add to your stress.


If you aren’t taking steps to manage the natural sources of depression, anxiety and stress, it could not only increase your depression, anxiety or stress levels, it could affect you physically. Here are five ways to manage your stress effectively and naturally.

Prioritize Your Life

Family and people, work and ability to earn an income, relaxation and recreation, things. It’s easy to confuse priorities when you are trying to manage life’s demands. When your life’s demands feel overwhelming, take a moment to remember your priorities in life. This is one of the first natural steps you can take to manage your stress effectively.

Identify Sources of Stress

It is not only important to identify sources of your stress, but also to identify your goals. Identifying the goals is again a natural thing to do and every person should do this for his or her life.

Organize and Plan

It's easier to complete tasks when you plan and have what you need to complete necessary tasks both at home and work. Buy a “planner” or use the calendar or organizational tool on your electronic device to keep you on track. It may be more effective for some people to write down the priorities and daily plan. The act of writing something down, may help you to focus.

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Plan for Time for You

Plan for time for yourself every day, every week and every month. Give yourself something to look forward to. This is, obviously a simple tip anyone can use.

Recognize your physical, mental and emotional limitations, flaws and wounds. You may recognize after identifying the goal you have of losing 10 pounds and having the muscular body you had at the age of 18; that planning to run 5 miles a day, 7 days a week is physically exhausting and maybe causing injury or pain to your 50-year-old body. It is important to reorganize and plan an achievable goal and set of activities to attain that goal.

You may recognize that despite doing all this identifying, prioritizing, organizing and planning, changing expectations and perspective, getting enough rest, eating right and exercising that you are still experiencing depression or anxiety. That’s when you need to recognize that the problem may be out of your control and you may need the help of a doctor and/ or pharmaceutical intervention.

Adjust Expectations and Perspective

Maybe you are feeling overwhelmed with a work schedule or feel that you haven’t been able to afford to take your family out to dinner. There are some things that you won’t be able to do anything about but you can change the way you look at the situation and how you manage and react. Instead of feeling bad because you can’t afford to take your kids out to their favorite restaurant, make dinner at home and take them out for dessert to that restaurant.

If we don’t take time to prioritize, identify, organize and plan, our brain is on auto pilot. Humans are not perfect beings - we have physical and emotional limitations, flaws and wounds. It is easy to let our limitations, flaws and wounds cloud what is most important to our physical and emotional well-being.

By identifying, organizing and planning, recognizing and adjusting; it is easier to realize goals and keep the stress level to a minimum.