In a world that is run by agenda's and to-do lists, it's hard to find time to just stop, step back and relax. We don't take the moments we should for ourselves in fear that the pile of things we need to accomplish will continue to grow. Stress is something in which we all can relate to and I'm sure we all know is not great for our health. Which is why relaxation is very important.
Since Sunday is considered a day of rest, it seemed appropriate to share relaxation techniques that help relieve stress I found on webmd.com.
Take a moment to close your eyes and slow down your thinking. This can help to calm your nerves and your body, as well as clear your head.
2. Breathe Deeply
Deep breathing slows your heart rate and lowers your blood pressure. Give yourself a break from whatever you are doing and work against your stress.
3. Be Present
Slow down and focus on the now. Every time you rush and hurry to do something or get somewhere you are adding more stress to your day.
4. Reach Out
A great way to manage the stress you are feeling is to talk about it to others. Find the support system you feel comfortable turning to and let it out.
5. Tune Into Your Body
To lessen your stress, you have to first be able to understand what causes it. Pay attention to your day and note when you feel stressed and why.
Place a warm heat wrap/towel around your neck and shoulders. While doing so sit back and relax each and every muscle, letting the tension diminish.
7. Laugh Out Loud
Laughing is a great pick me up and also has physical benefits. It lowers your stress hormone, cortisol, and increases endorphins, which boost your mood.
8. Crank Up The Tunes
Listening to soothing music can lower blood pressure, heart rate and anxiety. And busting out a favorite melody can always help take your mind off things!
9. Be Grateful
When you start to feel stressed remind yourself of what really matters. Remember the good things and celebrate accomplishments, big and small.
We may not always have a whole day to dedicate to relaxation, but there are small things we can do each day to help us reduce the stress we feel.
Questions of the Day:
1) What ways have you found best to cope with stress?
2) Do any of the tips in this list stand out to you?
3) How do you like to relax when you can?
❤ Nichole ❤