Ever wonder how to manage stress without breaking the bank? Lucky for us all there are ways you can achieve stress management and still be able to go out to the movies. The secret is to be happy with what you have and express your gratitude for it. It could be something as simple as “I’m glad I have such a wonderful family” or “I’m happy I take the time each morning to brew a really good cup of coffee”. Ashley Davis Bush, LCSW via Huffington Post has more on this subject.
So what’s a stressed person on a shoestring budget or full tilt schedule to do? The absolute cheapest, bargain basement stress management tool is right in your own mind — the practice of gratitude.
Gratitude is the antidote to our most stressful thoughts. In an environment of gratitude, negative emotions cannot thrive. Dr. Robert Emmons, a positive psychologist, has shown how practicing gratitude can raise your “happiness level.” Neuroscientist Rick Hanson, Ph.D., promotes the practice of “taking in the good” because it deactivates our bodies’ stress response and counteracts anxiety and depressive moods.
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Now that you understand the basis of this stress management technique, you can apply it to your daily life. As you can see managing stress does not have to be an expensive and complicated process. If you would like to see more techniques to manage stress and become more relaxed please feel free to visit our webpage.