Stress Reduction Techniques
We all feel the need to relax sometimes and to tell the truth a bit of relaxation is necessary for the well-being of our body and mind. There are numerous ways to relax but not all methods work for everybody. If you feel you need to relax more try a variety of methods until you find the one that is right for you.
Experts in stress management propose several effective stress reduction techniques for coping with stress. Below are some tips to help you reduce stress.
Have coffee nights with your friends. Choose one night a week when you get together with friends that you trust and feel you can talk to about the problems that are causing you stress. Take turns to vent your concerns and frustrations while the others listen. Just knowing that someone has listened to you helps to combat stress.
Learn the difference between work and home. By separating the two main areas of your life you can leave the stress of work behind when you finish for the day. Make sure you plan what you need to do the following day so that when you get home you have absolutely no thoughts of work at all. Use the journey home to unwind; sing if you are in the car or read your favorite glossy magazine on the train.
Take up a new hobby or sport. Find something that you like to do and turn it into a hobby. It doesn’t matter what it is as long as it distracts your mind from the pressures of the day. You could join a social group and meet people with the same passions.
Help out with a charity. Charities are always looking for volunteers to help with events and collecting. Find a charity that you are passionate about and donate a few hours to helping them in the community. You might meet people with more serious problems than yourself in which case you may see that things could be a lot worse!
Get physical. Doing physical jobs like gardening or DIY can be a great way to vent pent up energy and frustrations. This will relieve stress and improve the look of your home.
Exercise your stress away. Any physical exercise causes the brain to release chemicals called endorphins that elevate mood and calm the nerves. Getting fit and healthy also decreases the chances that you will suffer from a serious stress-related illness in the future. Join a running or cycling club and forget about work and family for a few hours a week.
Alternatively, if you don’t fancy anything physical why not try one of the following:
Deep breathing and muscle relaxation
This is a relaxation technique in which you concentrate on controlling your breathing and the tension in your muscles. By consciously contracting a specific set of muscles while you inhale and then fully relaxing the muscles as you exhale you can systematically relax the whole body. Concentrating on relaxation will also distract your mind from the stresses of the day.
Take time to read
It doesn’t matter what you read as long as it takes you away from your life for a while and allows you to experience some other world. Novels and autobiographies are particularly good for diverting your thoughts away from the stresses and worries of the day.
Learn to meditate
The art of meditation is easy to learn and as it allows you to suspend your thoughts for a period of time it is great for forgetting about the pressures that you are under.
Take a vacation and don’t leave a contact number! Go somewhere that suits you and really let your hair down. It doesn’t matter if you hire a log cabin in the middle of nowhere or whether you have a fortnight in Ibiza as long as you forget all about your everyday life while you’re there. You will come back refreshed and ready to face the stressful parts of your life head on.
Most of these techniques for relaxation are quick and easy to do so that they can be done on a daily basis. Don’t let your stresses build up otherwise even the best relaxation methods won’t be able to help.
It is Important to Reduce Stress
Stress is unavoidable, but we can control our reaction to the stressors in our lives as well as how we take care of ourselves.
Using these stress reduction techniques provides immediate relief, but you need to take a longer term perspective to evaluate the underlying sources of your stress.
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Warning: Stress symptoms can be associated with serious medical conditions. The stress management information and techniques in this section are provided as general guidelines for informational purposes only. You should seek the help of qualified medical professionals if you have health or mental concerns over stress. You should also consult with your health care provider before making major changes in your diet or exercise levels.
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