There are several stress relief techniques available to help move your mind and body into a state of relaxation.
Think of your body as an energy system. When you become stressed, the resulting negative energy disrupts the energy flow and you feel mental, emotional or physical “pain”.
You might experience stress as a migraine, insomnia, dizziness, irritability, stomach pain, chest pain, difficulty breathing or a whole host of other physical/mental issues.
Let’s explore stress relief techniques that will help you overcome this negative energy flow.
Getting a massage has been shown to effectively reduce stress. In fact, the Mayo Clinic states that massage is a powerful way to not only release stress but also help with specific health conditions related to stress.
As your therapist manipulates the soft tissue of your body it helps relax muscle tension and releases the negative energy causing your distress.
Over time you should see improvement in sleep patterns, overall stress levels and improvement in your level of alertness.
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Take note of your breathing patterns when you’re feeling stressed. Notice how shallow it is? Take a moment to breathe deeply. Breathe in through your nose. Breathe out slowly through your mouth.
Do this three times. How do you feel? Probably a bit better.
There’s more to it but know that deep breathing is effective for releasing stress & tension, massaging your organs and releasing toxins.
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Moving forward from deep breathing brings us to meditation.
The practice of meditating takes you into a more relaxed state where you’re able to release stress from your body’s energy system and also prevent new stressors from accumulating.
Benefits abound such as increased feelings of happiness, emotional stability, creativity, clarity and intuition.
Deep breathing and meditation are forms of relaxing stress relief techniques. There are other options available to you.
Visualization is effective for relaxation. Rather than going into a deep meditative state you instead visualize mentally calming pictures or images. The more senses you incorporate during your visualization session the greater feelings of less stress you’ll experience.
Let’s say you’re visualizing a relaxed, sunny day laying on a towel at the park. Imagine the sounds of children playing in the distance or dogs barking playfully. Smell the hot dogs and hamburgers cooked by folks nearby. Feel the sun warming your face.
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Levels of cortisol and adrenaline (the body’s stress hormones) are lessened during physical exercise. The direct result is a state of less stress. You might even feel that relaxed, tired “been at the beach” feeling…ahh, so nice!
Exercising over time can bring other benefits that relate to reducing your stress levels.
You’ll probably feel more self-confidence and pride from being consistent or seeing your body take a better shape. Long-term exercise brings renewed physical vigor that transfers over into your work or business efforts.
I invite you to dig deeper into stress relief techniques by reading my book, Stress Less: Transforming Stress to Success. It will allow me to expand on the above ideas and provide you my highly effective ERASE formula to eliminate stress.
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