Friday, May 28, 2010

Stress management made easy: An anger management tip

Top stress reducing activities one can find immediately benefit from would include:
Stress is something we all can relate to. For most Americans, it permeates the very fabric of our lives. In today's fast paced society, our jobs, family, and world economy are enough to get even the most relaxed a bit stressed out. Below, I have gathered three simple interventions that anyone can use to start reversing some of the stress in their lives.
1. Getting regular exercise. While this might seem so intuitive, it is often overlooked by so many people. Unless you have a medical condition that prohibits exercise or your doctor says "no", getting exercise has almost instant stress relieving properties. My favorite kind of exercise is anything that is fun! Just make sure its 30 minutes or longer and cardiovascular.
2. Make sure you get enough sleep. Sounds easy right? Not really. Lack of sleep causes irritability and a decrease tolerance to stressors. Most adults need about 7-8 hours a night.
3. Watching what you eat. Most Americans drink way to much caffeine for example. Caffeine is like adding fuel to the fire when we are trying to reduce stress. It mimics the stress response in the body and reduces our ability to tolerate normal situations. By watching our caffeine intake we can greatly reduce the physical and psychological symptoms of stress.
Learning skills in stress management can greatly reduce your risk of becoming "stress out" and misbehaving. Believe it or not, stress and anger go hand in hand. By reducing your stress response and stress management you greatly reduce the risk of losing control with either an out of control temper or mercurial behavior.
Want to learn more about stress management? Most people don't realize that anger management classes teach skills in stress management. Learn more by visiting our websites. Getting stress under control is part educational and part behavioral.

Ari Novick, Ph.D. is Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and a certified anger management provider for both adults and adolescents. Dr. Novick is also an adjunct professor of psychology at Pepperdine University's Graduate School of Education and Psychology. His corporate website is and his innovative online anger management class is available at


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