Longevity Living | 6 Relaxation Techniques to Help You Relieve Stress

You haven’t even finished your breakfast. You’re getting late for work. Your car is out of fuel. You need to make it before your boss calls for a meeting. With a mixture of all this combustion, you’re simply about to explode. So much stress. Stress can build up inside of you and attack once it has taken full form; so much so that you can feel it coming over you sometimes. But there’s no need for you to stress over getting stressed anymore. Here are 6 relaxation techniques that can help you relieve stress:

1. Meditation

Meditation is an absolute no-brainer when it comes to relieving stress. You don’t need a fancy meditation room to do it in, or a group of other people to do it with; meditation is as simple as they come. Simply find your inner self, compose yourself and relax all your muscles for as little as 10-15 minutes. The aftereffects of this effortless technique will be astounding as far as getting rid of your stress is concerned. If you can’t really find your way through meditation, there are several other methods of meditation that are suggested. Some of the names that spring to mind are Heart Rhythm Meditation and Transcendental Meditation. Each of these has a varying technique of relaxing your mind and body. So don’t be afraid of giving meditation an attempt whenever you have 10-15 minutes available during the day.

2. Mindfulness

This might be closely connected to meditation on some level. However, in recent times, mindfulness has become a buzzword of its own. The primary concept behind mindfulness is acknowledging whatever that you are going through at the moment and appreciating it. One thing you have to make sure is that you block all else out that is contaminating your mind. It can be anything from focusing on the color of a flower to examining any given piece of jewelry to observe how it was crafted. So long as your mind focuses on the present situation at hand, it will be off the things it was previously worrying about, and voila, your stress-relieving therapy will be in motion. According to experts, it only takes 30 long breaths or about 3 minutes and mindfulness can make you feel very refreshed and ready to focus.

3. Fresh Air

Sometimes, all your body needs is a breath of fresh air. If you’re feeling too caught up with work and failing to focus on anything, what you can do is simply take a walk around the block. Feeling frazzled at home or at work is a common occurrence, and heading outdoors is one quick way of relaxing yourself at such times. Not only does your mind stop focusing on the situation at hand, it gets a much needed change of perspective once you breathe some fresh air in. Spending twenty minutes outside, while just about doing any sort of activity, can be a great stress reliever, as it allows you to take your mind off troubling thoughts.

4. Music

Music, simply put, is a very powerful channel of energy. It can transform your mood. Make sure you get the right tunes on your playlist and put them on shuffle whenever you’re feeling down. Music is also known to relieve anxiety, lower blood pressure, and improve mental health. If nothing else works, simply put your favorite song on for a bit and feel the stress coming off!

5. Exercise

It is already understood across all cultures and communities that doing exercise or a similar form of physical activity (any sport or yoga) can go a long way in giving you a fresh perspective of everything. As your body is put to work, a considerable amount of pent-up steam is blown off, which simply helps in getting rid of depression and generating the “happy” kind of hormones in your body.

6. Visualization

If all else fails, all you need is 5 minutes of shuteye. Picture your dream vacation, or any other serene environment or happy memory that brings all the good feelings in your mind. Doing so will take your focus away from the current tension and transport you to a different environment, where you are much happier, calmer, and more importantly, completely stress-free. Even just a quarter of an hour spent doing your favorite thing, or anything that gets your mind off of everything else, is a great stress-reliever. If nothing else works out for you, find out your own stress-reliever and work your way through all that pent-up frustration. You’re likely to have all kinds of stresses in your life. As such, it is always best if you have something up your sleeve so you can deal with them.

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