In our everyday hectic schedules, we never make time for peace and quiet, we simply need it when we have worked ourselves too hard and we are about to explode with stress.
Here are a few quick stress relief techniques when the going gets tough.
- Deep Breathing:
This will help to oxygenate your blood, help you to centre your body and focus on your lungs as they expand in your chest and help you to have a clear mind.
The emphasis on slow, steady movements and deep breathing and gentle stretching aid in stress relief by reducing anxiety and improving stamina and strength.
- Eat Right:
Avoid resorting to fatty snack foods and sugar to “pick-you-up”. Slowly eating on a snack can be very relaxing. Indulge in a healthy taste mindfully and in moderation, a piece of ripe fruit, a crunchy snack like trail mix or celery or a small piece of dark chocolate
Relaxing and calm music can have a positive effect on the brain and the body by lowering your blood pressure and reducing the hormone cortisol.
Laughing off any stress can help to release positive endorphins in your body which can improve your mood and lower the levels of cortisol in your body.
- Warm Bath:
A warm bath can be relaxing and renewing, and plays on your tactile sensations
Avoid caffeinated drinks when you are stressed, try a herbal tea instead. Tea contains healthy antioxidants and amino acids that have a soothing effect on your nervous system.
- Take a Walk:
Take yourself off for a short walk, to engage your muscles, getting you active and releasing endorphins from physical activity. Movement is a great stress-relieving technique.
- Light a candle:
Surround yourself with smells that are energising and invigorating and ones that are comforting and calming
Take a quiet and peaceful nap during the day. Lack of sleep can cause stress, so make sure you get your 7-8 hours a night.
Turn that calamity into serenity!