Do you feel completely stressed out by your hectic life? Rest assured; there are ways that you can manage your stress. Some of these coping strategies may work for you. You must take the time and focus on relaxing your mind as well as your body. The time you take to relax is time well spent. You will find that you are calmer and able to be much more productive if you take a few moments each day to focus on you. Try these easy techniques and see how you start to feel cooler, calmer and more relaxed throughout your day.
Step #1 Relax the Mind
This simple relaxation method can be done anywhere. Close your eyes. Now take a deep breath. Focus on how the air feels as it enters your lungs. Inhale very slowly for five seconds (count to five very slowly in your head) then hold it for five seconds and exhale very slowly for five more seconds. Do this for a few moments and you will feel a bit calmer than when you began. This is simple and can be done in the office, in your car, at home or anywhere. You can even do it while you are standing in line at the supermarket.
Meditation is another way to help reduce stress. In order to meditate you need to sit somewhere comfortable. Close your eyes and focus on this moment. Be aware of your body. Listen to your breathing. Now begin to breathe in for five seconds, hold it for 5 seconds, now exhale for five seconds. Try to clear your mind and not think about anything. Soon you will be relaxed.
When you are relaxed begin to imagine a beautiful place such as a beach, a waterfall or maybe a forest stream. Imagine that you are there. Listen to the sounds of the water. Hear the birds calling as they fly overhead. Smell the scents of the place. Taste the salt water or fresh water on your tongue and against your skin. Walk along the water letting the fresh air fill your lungs. Stay for a while and enjoy the beauty around you. When you are ready open your eyes and bring the peace of the place you were just at with you into the outside world. You will find that you are calmer and more at ease than you were before you meditated. Do not worry if you are not great at meditation the first time you try it. It takes practice and with time it is something that anyone can master.
Sometimes it can be helpful to write about things if you are stressed out. Sit and write about all the things that are stressing you out. Write about everything you are worried about. Now write about all the good things you have in your life. Write about what makes you happy and your future dreams and plans. When you are done you will find that pressure and tension you hold with you has been released.
Sit and talk to a friend or loved one. Just take some time to take your mind off whatever is stressing you out. Laugh, cry, dance, sing, or just be silly. You may find that after this emotional release you will feel calmer so you can approach your day in a much more relaxed way.
Do something you enjoy
Take a few moments to do the things that you enjoy. Watch your favorite TV show. Read a book. Go work in your garden. Stop by your favorite flea market. Regardless of the activity, make sure it is something that you enjoy doing. If you allow yourself to take a few moments out of your day to do something for yourself you might find that you are more capable of handling those responsibilities that are a bit less pleasant.
Step #2 Relax the body
Breathing deeply helps relax both mind and body. As you inhale deeply you are allowing more oxygen to enter your lungs which means there is more oxygen being transported by your blood to every part of your body. This will make you have more energy and make you more alert. A few moments of deep breathing each day will work wonders for you.
There is a difference between relaxation and deep relaxation. In order to do deep relaxation you must sit or lie somewhere comfortable. Start by breathing in for 5 seconds, hold for five seconds and exhale for 5 seconds. Continue breathing. Start with your feet. Become aware of them. Tense up all the muscles in your feet and hold while you inhale, as you exhale relax all the muscles. Now do the same with your legs, then your arms, then your torso, and finally your neck and head. When you are ready open your eyes and you will find yourself relaxed.
Exercise is one of the best relaxation methods there is. Any kind of exercise can help. If you are in the office take a moment to walk up and down the hall or up and down the stairs. If you are home, take a walk around the block. You can go swimming or go to the gym. All these things will help you feel better and be more energized.
A healthy diet can help you feel better. If you are overweight your body can produce more stress hormones. A healthy diet will help you achieve your weight loss goals. Eliminating fast food and high fat snacks like chips can go a long way towards helping you lose weight. You should select foods such as dairy, fruits, gains, beans, meat and eggs. There are 1000’s of healthy recipes all over the internet. Why don’t you look some up and try them today?
You do not need to live with stress when there are so many ways you can relax. So take a moment to take some time out for you and you will find yourself feeling happier and healthier in no time.