10 Ways to Relieve Stress and Bring Peace into Your Day
Why 10 ways to relieve stress? Because the more ways, skills, and techniques you have, the more you can become relaxed in your everyday life.
Choose what works best for you. Know your body's stress signals and don't ignore them. Respect your body.
The more stress in your life, the more important it is to relax. Develop an arsenal of tools and relaxation techniques that work for you.
Bellow you will find 10 ways to relieve stress:
1. Visualize for Stress Relief
Imagine...it is a beautiful sunny day. You are in a meadow. The sun's golden rays are warming your back. You pick up a dandelion and close your eyes, resting for just a moment. You take a slow deep breath and blow the dandelion seeds. As the seeds fly into the air, so does your tension. Take another breath and blow again, feeling more of your tension leave your body. With the next breath, you blow the remaining seeds, feeling a deep sense of relaxation. You are peaceful. You are calm. You are serene.
Breathe slowly for a minute longer, enjoying the peace and calm in every fiber of your body.
2. Get your Creative Juices Flowing
You don't have to be an artist to relieve stress through creativity. What do you like to do? Paint, sing, play music, sew, or write?
Whatever the activity is, absorbing yourself in creative activity is a wonderful stress reliever. You get into a physiological state that psychologist Mihayl Csikszentmihalyi called "the flow".
In this state, you are focused on what you are doing. You are fully in the present moment. It is in the present moment where your body and mind can relax completely.
Get creative - absorb yourself - and get into "the flow"
3. Take Fido for a Walk (or go by Yourself)
Take your dog for a brisk walk. If you don't have a dog, take your neighbor's dog or go by yourself. Spend at least 20 minutes walking.
Being physically active will help you sleep better, improve your mood, and relieve your stress. Physical exercise is also known to release endorphins - the natural "opiates".
4. Relieve Stress with Nature Journaling
Go outside and take a pen and paper with you. Become present in the nature. Begin by noticing what season it is. What is the landscape like? What are the colors of the nature at the moment?
Pick up a leaf, a flower, or a blade of grass. Describe it in detail. Write down the description. What is the color of it? What is the shape? What is the texture? Does it have any smell? If so, what is the smell like?
When you are done, sit quietly and enjoy your connection with the natural world. Nature has a very calming and relaxing effect.
5. Soothe Yourself with this Sensory Relaxation
1. Find a material - a smooth river stone, a piece of silk or velvet, or anything that appeals to you. Close your eyes. Explore the texture of this material.
Take your time. Slowly and deliberately explore the texture and the feeling of the material against your fingers and your skin.
Breathe deeply. Be present. If you have any thoughts, just let them pass and come back to the sensations of the material against your fingers and your skin.
6. Stretch Away Stress
It is impossible to be tense and anxious when your muscles are relaxed. Researchers found that the deepest relaxation in the muscles follows a short period of increased voluntary muscle tension.
This muscle tension can be achieved through gentle stretching exercises. When you stretch, you create temporary muscle tension. When you release your stretch, your muscles relax deeper. That's why yoga is a popular exercise for stress relief.
7. Reach Out and Talk to your Friends
Having nourishing healthy social relationships and social support system is an excellent stress reliever. When too much stress has piled up, call your friend and vent. Releasing your feelings with a trusted friend will make you feel better.
Nurture your relationships. Relationships are a two way street. When you are under stress, ask for support, and make sure that you also give back. Also, schedule fun activities with your friends.
8. Give Yourself some Conscious Rest
Every week give yourself a time for unplanned and unscheduled activities. Do whatever you like to do without worrying about other people or about being productive. Give yourself a conscious break from the constant striving to be on schedule, to be productive, to be something... Just be - without any agenda. You mind and body will get a well deserved break.
This can be a fun relaxation, or just a really laid back time for yourself - whatever you make it to be - it's all just for you!
9. Get Enough Sleep
Without adequate sleep your body does not function well. Experts recommend getting 7 to 9 hours of quality deep sleep each night. Are you getting enough?
It is very important for your health and well-being to have adequate sleep. Your body needs to recuperate during sleep.
Lack of sleep has been associated with: poor concentration, being prone to accidents, irritability, illness, and decreased tolerance to stress.
10. Be Kind to Yourself
How do you talk to yourself? Are you aware of your inner talk? Are you critical of yourself?
Negative self talk, beating yourself up, and criticizing yourself - creates a lot of internal stress. Give yourself a break and be kind to yourself like you would be to a little child.
Now that you have 10 ways to relieve stress, I hope you will find a tool or a technique that works for you.
For more ideas than these 10 ways to relieve stress, explore the following techniques:
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Words of Wisdom
The time to relax is when you don't have time for it.
Tension is who you think you should be. Relaxation is who you are.
There cannot be a stressful crisis next week. My schedule is already full.
Humor, a great stress reliever!
Stress is like spice - in the right proportion it enhances the flavor of a dish. Too little produces a bland, dull meal; too much may choke you.
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