Friday, August 23, 2013

Quick Stress Relieves

It is important to keep away from stress as it is one of the determining factors of our health. Here are a few quick stress relief methods I personally like to try whenever I feel stressed. Thought I would share them with you.

Breathe deeply and calmly. Sit down somewhere peaceful and take deep breaths over at least five minutes. Every time your mind wonders, return it to focusing only on the deep breaths. Inhale, exhale and repeat this until you feel calmer.

Smile. Your body has a ready-made fix-it solution for when you feel overwrought and it is as simple as changing your physiology. The smile is the simplest way to do this. Plaster on a fake grin and keep it there for a few minutes. You’ll feel your mood begin to upturn with your grin. Also change your posture, sit up straight to bring in a positive and confidence look.

Visualize. You are stressing right now because you’re focusing on the problem. Focus on resolving it instead. Think about how things will be when it is completed/fixed/stored away/whatever. Try to “float” through the current problem, telling yourself it is a temporary hitch or issue that will be resolved.

Exercise. Leave your desk, couch or bed and get out there. Go for a run, a swim, a circuit in the gym. Do whatever gets you moving and out of the sitting and contemplating position. The beauty of exercise is that it gets your adrenalin moving for something positive instead of chewing over worries and you can still think about things, probably all the more clearly!

Organize. In a mess? Start tidying it in small amounts. Move one little pile of papers, open one bill or wipe down one bench. You can start, you don’t need to finish. But remember, it’s getting started that matters above all and the motivation will sprout from that tiny beginning.

Meditation. It can be any form, example prayer. Pray using your own words, or read prayers written by others. Reflect on the meaning of the words or write in a journal.

Talk about your feelings or express yourself. This is one of my own personal favorites! Much stress arises because of a tendency to shoulder responsibilities, burdens and heavy workloads without discussing the consequences or feelings that arise from this weight. Important outlets for relieving this build-up of internal tension such as: drawing, writing a diary, blogging etc.

Listening to music. Listening to music does wonders and is a great way to relieve stress. Just be sure to sidestep songs that will make you feel worse, like the songs about giving up and fading away. Instead, listen to good songs that put you in a happy mood. Music is a significant mood-changer and reliever of stress.

Written by Sylvia Oloo/shared from wikihow

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