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Mar 23 2012

Seven Great Ways To Relieve Stress

Published by at 7:21 am under Editorial

It might surprise you to learn that the conception of biological stress is a fairly recent discovery.  It wasn’t until the late 1950s that endocrinologist Hans Selye first identified and documented stress.  While symptoms of stress existed long before Mr. Selye, his discoveries led to new research that has helped millions combat stress. [Healthline]

So if you’re feeling stressed out and you don’t really know what to do, hopefully these seven tips will at least give you a good start to turning it all around…..

Breathing


It may sound silly but I do this every single day morning and evenings.   Sit upright in a chair.  Close your eyes.   Breathe in through your mouth and exhale very slowly while saying some kind of word to yourself.   The word could be “one” as that has helped some people or some phrase you think of.  Focus only on that word and every breath you take.  You might achieve what’s called a relaxation response and it’s tremendously soothing.

Listening to Music


If you’re feeling overwhelmed by a stressful situation, try taking a break and listening to relaxing classical music. Playing calm music has a positive effect on the brain and body, can lower blood pressure, and reduce cortisol, a hormone linked to stress.

Do Something Else for at least 15 minutes


Sometimes our minds get consumed with one thought and one thought only.  If you find yourself obsessing about life or stress, chances are that whatever you’re doing at that very moment isn’t helping.   Step back and do something else for at least 15 minutes before returning to that activity.   You’ll be surprised at how much less your thinking will get in the way.

Good Nutrition


This goes without saying but you are what you eat.  Unfortunately, it’s when we have the most work that we forget to eat well and, instead, resort to using sugary, fatty snack foods as a pick-me-up. Try to avoid the vending machine and plan ahead. Fruits and vegetables are always good, as is fish with high levels of omega-3 fatty acids, which have been shown to reduce the symptoms of stress





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