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Ways to Beat Stress


Lately, I noticed that I am more stressed out and being quite mean to my husband. I really feel guilty when I do that and since I find myself regretting my actions later on, I always vow to be more patient next time.

It is probably due to the fact that I am now in my third trimester of pregnancy and feeling more uncomfortable everyday because my tummy seems to get heavier and heavier. But as much as possible, I don’t want to give myself any excuse for being mean so I really need to de-stress, relax and control my reactions.If you are in the same boat as I am, let me share some of the things one can do to relax and beat stress:

• List your blessings. Make a mental list of five things you are grateful of and focus on that. It is an instant mood lifter.

• Take a deep breath. Catch your shoulders up by your ears, breathe in slowly then relax and exhale.

• Sing. Be it in the shower, your bedroom or just about anywhere, it stimulates the release of endorphins, mood boosting, and brain chemicals.

• Make a tight fist then open your hand and focus on the physical sensation of releasing tension. Tune into other tense body parts such as neck, shoulders, brow and jaw and replicate the sensation of tension release through muscle relaxation.

• Laugh it off. Recall a ridiculous thing your friend did and mentally relive the incident and allow yourself a hearty chuckle.

• List down your worries to neatly organized your concerns. It helps restore a sense of calm in your life.

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