6 Great Ways to Relieve Stress

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We all face stress at some point in our lives, and sometimes we struggle with it. Several people face stress everyday and it makes it difficult to focus, work, live, and enjoy our lives. If you struggle with stress, then read the following to help you relieve it.

1. Meditation

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Just a few minutes of meditation per day can help calm the nervousness. Robbie Maller Hartman, a psychologist and a Chicago health and wellness coach, says that daily meditation may change the pathways in the nervous system, helping you to better recover from stress.

2. Breathe Deeply

Take a few minutes off and concentrate on your breathing. Sit up straight, close your eyes, and put one hand on your belly. Then, slowly take a deep breath from your nose. After 3 seconds, breathe out of your mouth.

3. Exercise

Exercise has always been a great way to reduce stress; and it still is. It doesn’t have to be running, boxing, or yoga. It can be any type of exercise. It can be as simple as taking a walk or doing some stretches anywhere. Exercise helps the brain and increases your heart rate, which pumps more oxygen to the brain.

4. Laughing Out Loud

Laughing out loud doesn’t just lighten you up mentally only! It lowers cortisol (your body’s stress hormone), and it boosts endorphin (a group of hormones in the brain and nervous system), which benefits your mood.

5. Music

Studies shows that listening to relaxing music can lower your blood pressure, heart rate, and reduce stress. You can listen to the sounds of nature like the ocean, birds chirping, whales, etc. Let your mind concentrate on the different melodies that represent nature’s beauty. You can also listen to more upbeat tunes, or sing out loud.

6. Be Present

Relax a bit. Take a few moments to work on your senses. Observe how the air feels on your face while you’re walking and how your feet feel when they roll onto the ground. Listen to the birds chirping outside your window. Look at the way people interact with one other. Taste the food you’re eating. Smell the flowers at your window.

By Maiar Abdalbasir

Sources:

Moninger, Jeannette. “10 Relaxtion Techniques That Zap Stress Fast.” Web MD. http://www.webmd.com/balance/guide/blissing-out-10-relaxation-techniques-reduce-stress-spot#2

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