Reduce all that stress
We are all living in a stressful world. We all face stressful situations on a daily basis throughout our lives, starting from minor problems like traffic jams to the more serious problems such a losing a loved one or a loved one’s grave illness. Stress is something that kills your soul slowly - it makes your heart pound, your breathing speed up and makes your muscle tense.
In today’s world, we rarely face physical dangers like animal attack or a flood but we face challenging situations in our daily lives. We cannot keep away all the sources of stress in our lives but what we can do is develop healthier ways of responding to them.
We might associate relaxation with just wasting time or just sitting and watching t.v. in the lounge but a more structured plan for relaxation can be very beneficial in the face of stress. Regular relaxation and stress management are very important for physical and emotional health. Your body’s stress response can get triggered at any point throughout the day and when your body doesn’t return to its regular state of relaxation, it could lead to “chronic stress”.
Instead of distracting yourself and disconnecting yourself from the problem temporarily, make some long term strategies and relax your body along with your mind which will be way more effective than just fixing one of the two things.
Here are some of the best relaxation strategies you can use to overcome stress-
1. Breathing exercise
This simple yet powerful technique can be your first line of defense against stress. You can take long, slow, deep breaths which are also known as abdominal or belly breathing. As you breathe, you slowly disengage your mind from stressful thoughts and sensations. Breathing exercises are wonderful for relaxation since they are easy to master and can be practiced in any place and at any time. However, this technique is not advisable for those with health problems which make breathing difficult, such as respiratory ailments or heart failure.
Meditation has gained a lot of popularity in recent years. It involves sitting comfortably, paying attention to your breathing and focusing your mind's attention
in the present without thinking about the concerns of the past or the future. Studies have shown that it can be very helpful for people with anxiety, depression, and pain.
In this technique, you store soothing scenes, places or experiences in your mind to help you relax and focus. You can download free apps and also find online recordings of calming scenes. Make sure you choose the imagery you find soothing and is something you can relate to as well. Guided imagery might help you reinforce a positive vision of yourself, but this technique is not easy for those who have intrusive thoughts and find it hard to conjure up mental images.
Listening to music is a great way to relieve stress and promote relaxation for your family and as well as yourself. Music therapy is a growing field because music brings real benefits in terms of wellness and it can be conveniently be used
effectively for relaxation as well. It lowers blood pressure and helps with anxiety. Create a playlist that gets you going and enjoy.
When you’re under stress working out may feel like a task, whereas a good workout can actually make you feel rather relaxed. It’s a good way to release stress. The endorphins released during a good workout can aid in stress relief. Regular exercise gets you in a state of flow where it’s difficult to stay in a state of stress since your body moves towards relaxation and your stress response begins to reverse.
6. Laugh like there’s no tomorrow
A good laugh will definitely lighten the mood and reduce the load mentally. It lowers your body’s stress hormones and boosts your brain chemicals known as
endorphins that help improve your mood. Watch your favorite comedy movie, read comics, talk to people who make you laugh and you’re happy around.
7. Be grateful
Be thankful for all the good in your life. Appreciate what you have and the people
who are there for you and with you. Keep a journal and remind yourself of all the
happiness there is in your life.