Stress reduction can be nearly impossible because of all the things that cause stress. There is going to be traffic, you are going to be late for work, your computer will break down just when you need it to finish an important assignment; but there are stress reduction techniques to help you avoid certain types of stress.
Just say “no” - You can't be every where at once and you can't please everybody, it's simply impossible. When you feel that you are almost overwhelmed and someone asks you to do something, simply say “no.” Don't feel guilty; if you feel the need to explain why you are saying “no” that's fine but move on and get your stuff done.
Stay away from the “stressors” - You know who they are, the people that constantly bring stress into your life. Start stress reduction by avoiding them or simply terminate the relationship. You don't need the extra stress and in reality, you will be much better off without them.
Take control - To begin stress reduction know your choices; if a certain grocery store is more convenient to get to but it is always crowded and causes you stress, don't go there. Drive the few extra miles to a place where you are more comfortable. If you hate shopping for holiday gifts, buy them online. Take control and eliminate those things that cause stress.
Change the subject - Refuse to argue and you will have stress reduction. Avoid topics such as politics, religion or some other topic that people get so passionate about. Stop talking about them. Why cause stress over something you can't control. If the topic arises leave the room - you don't need the stress.
Prioritize - If your “to do” list is out of control then start to prioritize. You can't expect everything to get done, it's usually not possible. Take the things off of your list that won't get done - they just make the list seem endless and that causes stress. Once you have checked off a few items, add the less important things that need to get done.
If you find impossible to change your lifestyle, then consult your doctor about anti anxiety medications such as Valium, Prozac and Xanax (Alprazolam). Stress medications can aid in stress reduction but they also have side effects such as headaches, dizziness, and nausea to name only a few. Prescriptions for stress can also be habit forming and cause withdrawal symptoms, which is a troubling thought to many people.
Natural anxiety medications are not habit forming and the ingredients are all natural, not created in a lab. The ingredients in some herbal remedy formulas include Magnolia bark, Phellodendron bark, lemon balm, St. John's wort, valerian, hops powder and passion flower extract. These ingredients are known to soothe stress and have other valuable properties, without the side effects of prescription medications.