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Alison de Vries Strauss

Wellness Massage Specialist


10 Stress reduction strategies

Stress is a major problem in the modern working environment and especially if you are trying to conceive. Many people are experiencing stress but attempting to ignore it until you are forced to deal with it is not a good plan. As you might assume, the less severe the problems, the easier they are to address. By implementing everyday stress reduction strategies, you can eliminate stress as quickly as it builds up. These strategies are easy to implement and bring great benefits.

‘Stress reduction strategies’ is just a fancy term for positive actions that you can take each day. By releasing stress on a daily basis, you will prevent the larger stress related issues from arising. The best thing about these stress reduction strategies are, they are enjoyable and they are all easy to implement, if you make even just a small effort.

Say ‘No’

One of the most enjoyable experiences in life is to be able to help others. Acts of kindness reward the giver just as much as the receiver. However, you don’t have to do everything, for everyone all the time. In fact, it is incredibly unhealthy to even attempt to do this as you end up sacrificing your own needs to meet the needs of others. Other people can take care of themselves most of the time. The world will not end if you say ‘No’.
When you learn to say ‘No’, you free up more time, reduce stress and worries and allow yourself to make time for the things which matter most to you. Many people find it difficult to say ‘No’ and, if you are one of these people, you must change your ways. Saying ‘No’, when appropriate, is probably the most important and powerful of the stress reduction strategies.

Indulge yourself in music

Music has the ability to manipulate your emotions; I am a big music fan. When you find music that you love, it will make you feel good. Taking the time each day to indulge yourself in music that you enjoy will help you become happier and healthier. Make sure you enjoy some good music everyday and, if you want to sing or dance along to it; go for it.


Read for enjoyment

When you have a hectic working life, you do a lot of reading. You have to keep up to date with the latest developments in your field. You receive emails, memos, letters etc. It is easy to think that reading is just a work task that has to be completed, but one of the greatest pleasures in life is to get caught up reading something that you really enjoy. Getting lost in a good read is one of life’s most pleasurable and effective stress reduction strategies. The more you get caught up in the story; the more you let your cares and worries drift away; allowing your body and mind to recover from the stresses and strains of daily life.

Relax in the bath

Take a soothing bath, with a cup of coarse salt or salt mixed with Epsom salts and even adding some aromatherapy oils and scented candles. is one of the best ways to care for yourself . If you only have a shower you can still use shower oils for the Aromatherapy experience and also put out the lights and have some candles. It’s all about effort to distress you.

Take yourself on a date

I first encountered this idea when reading The Artist’s Way by Julia Cameron. The aim to of the book is to teach the reader to access their creativity. The concept of taking yourself on a date is just as vital as a stress reduction strategy. When you take somebody else on a date you treat them as a very special person. You need to treat yourself with the same level of importance.


Laughing heartily fills your body with endorphins and positive emotions Laughter is a tremendous stress reliever. It has the ability to help you unwind and forget about your worries. Take a minute to remember those times when you laughed uncontrollably. You will realise that you became caught up in the present moment, free from worry and fear.

Focus on exposing yourself to events that will bring laughter back into your life
You could do the following: Attend comedy shows, Watch comic movies,Watch funny TV shows or panel shows, Search for funny clips on YouTube, Read humorous articles/books/comics
With the internet, laughter is never far away, if you look for it. Make laughter a part of your daily life and you will experience rapid stress reduction.

Be in nature

When you take the time to experience nature, you gain a much greater appreciation for the world you live in. Embrace the seasons change, everything has its ups and downs, and all living things experience death and regeneration. Once you understand this, you will be more at peace with the world and will be able to take both successes and failures in your stride.

There are many different ways that you can experience.
You could try: Camping/ Gardening/ Hiking/ Cycling/ Walking in a park/ Watch the sunset or sunrise / visiting the mountains or the seaside, these are just a few of the ideas, just remember to be active and be laughing and enjoying the environment around you, so that you stimulate those Endorphins in your body.


Make time for your hobbies

Hobbies are things that you love to do, and gain pleasure from doing them. For some reason, many people treat their hobbies as if they are a bonus rather than an essential part of life. When times get tough, hobbies are one of the first things that they cut back on even though it is so counterproductive.

Just like laughter, enjoyment rarely just happens by accident. When you find something that you love to do, you must make time for it in your life. Life should not be all work and no play. In fact, it is the play that makes all the hard work worthwhile. Find hobbies you enjoy and that keep your body and mind busy. When you do, you will be happier, healthier and more motivated to live the life you love.



One of the best ways to forget your troubles and worries is to serve those who are less fortunate than you. When you lose yourself in the service of others, you leave

your cares and worries behind. You gain a greater appreciation for all the good in your life as you realise that things could be a lot worse for you.

Give some of your time helping others; just don’t fill your calendar to overflowing. It is important to remember that volunteering should be in addition to living your own life; not at the expense of living your own life.


Play like a kid

(Now this is a hard one, for those of us with Fertility issues)

Children know how to enjoy life. They are carefree and live in the moment. Society