Meditate for stress relief
It’s now proven that a few minutes of meditation each day can help to reduce anxiety.
Meditation works by calming the mind and with regular practice it can give you the ability to control your mind
so that you don’t react to stress in the fight or flight way!
“By training in meditation, we create an inner space and clarity that enables us to control our mind. Eventually, we will be able to stay happy all the time, even in the most difficult circumstances.”
Here is a simple meditation to get you started. Sit up straight with both feet on the floor. Close your eyes. Breathe in deeply through your nose. Focus your attention on the sensation of the breath as it passes the tip of your nose. Breathe out through your mouth. Let any distracting thoughts float by like clouds.
When you breathe deeply your heart rate slows, your blood pressure falls and your mind relaxes – it just does – so taking a few deep breathes when you feel stressed really can help.
You don’t have to do anything difficult. Just stop what you are doing; and breathe. Nice deep breathes in through your nose and out through your mouth. As easy as that!
Be present in the moment
We can spend most of our waking time rushing from one task to the next and not really paying attention to our surroundings. This frenetic activity can cause our minds to become cluttered. Slow down.
Just like deep breathing this doesn’t have to be difficult and doesn’t involve a long time!
Just take a few minutes to focus on your senses – how does the air feel on your face? What can you smell? How does the earth feel below your feet? What can you hear? Enjoy the taste of each mouthful of food. When you focus on your senses you will become less tense.
It’s good to talk
Talk to your friends and family – share our concerns. If you can’t do this then seek the help of a counsellor. Get your concerns off your chest.
Look after your body
Stress can take its toll on you physically as well as mentally. Prolonged periods of stress can result in higher levels of toxicity and muscle tension in your body.
Stretching exercises such as yoga and Pilates can be really helpful. Massage can also be helpful. It is known that massage releases positive endorphins in the brain making you feel more calm and relaxed. It can also promote detoxification, reduce muscle tension and generally relax the mind and body.
GO FOR IT!
So now you have these 5 easy techniques give them a try and RELAX!