When you become stressed to the point where you feel like your head is about to explode, the last thing you want to hear is a motivational speaker on TV talking about their newfound strategy to overcome stress. Or maybe that’s just me.
With a superfluous number of books, videos and articles containing stress relief techniques and tips, it’s ironic to find a chronically stressed population.
Dave Balch, the founder of CopingUniversity.com, said in a phone interview that the general population is still stressed because current techniques, like exercise and meditation, take too much time and effort. There’s also a learning curve where you have to figure out how to incorporate them into your life.
“Stressed people, almost by definition, don’t have the time, so they can’t commit the time and the effort,” Balch said. “The profound truth is that it’s stressful to reduce your stress.”
For example, Balch said that working on a new exercise routine brings up too many questions, like where to fit this exercise into an already packed schedule.
Also, it’s so easy to stop because it feels like a time-consuming project. And if you quit, you lose any stress relief benefits you initially gained.
Balch however has a different approach to stress reduction: daily tips.
Here are his top ways to easily reduce stress:
1) Read short, simple daily tips that help address stress relief or stress prevention. You only need to read one tip a day and take a couple minutes to think about the tip. It could be tips you find through your own research, and then put on notecards. Or you could find daily tips by signing up at Balch’s website www.thecopingcommunity.com/
2) Have something to look forward to. It could be as simple as watching a TV show once a week with your family, or a bigger event like taking a vacation. This will help take your mind off your problems and give you hope.
3) If you start worrying about what other people think, keep in mind that many people are worried about what others are thinking about them, so they are not concerned about thinking about you and your appearance.
4) Go to a petting zoo (you don’t have to bring your kids).