Stress is a part of our daily lives and getting through it is often easier said than done. Yes, we do encourage you to use Stress No More but these tips should help you to relive some stress when you need it most.
This is the practice of imagining something, someone or someplace which calms you down and provides you with a feeling tranquility.
Now this may sound silly but have you tried it? It really works. Some people think about the beach or a tropical paradise. Others think about ice cream or a loved one which has a calming effect on them. Next time you are feeling stressed, take a moment to think about that happy place.
SYSTEMATIC MUSCLE RELAXATION
Next time you are feeling stressed or anxious try to tense up a specific muscle group in your body then slowly focus on relaxing that muscle or part of your body. Start off with your neck, down to your shoulders, to your arms, to your back then your stomach all the way down to your toes.
FOCUS ON BREATHING
Just focusing on your breath or changing the way you breathe can make a big difference to your overall stress level. Breathing techniques can calm your body and your brain in just a few minutes.
The best news is, no one around you will even know you’re doing them. So whether you’re in a stressful meeting or you’re sitting in a crowded theater, breathing exercises could be key to reducing your stress.
While there are many different breathing exercises, like karate breathing, a few simple ones include:
Breathe in through your nose and watch your belly fill with air. Count slowly to three as you inhale. Hold for one second and then slowly breathe out through your nose as you count to three again.
Breathe in through your nose and imagine that you’re inhaling peaceful, calm air. Imagine that air spreading throughout your body. As you exhale, imagine that you’re breathing out stress and tension.
GET A HUG FROM A LOVED ONE
Physical touch can do a lot to relieve your stress. Hugging a loved one can be especially beneficial. When you hug someone, oxytocin (also known as the “cuddle hormone”) is released. Oxytocin is associated with higher levels of happiness and lower levels of stress.
Oxytocin also causes a reduction in blood pressure. It reduces the stress hormone norepinephrine and can produce a sense of relaxation.
So don’t be afraid to ask a loved one for a hug if you need it. It’s good for both of you and it can be one of the simplest forms of stress relief available.