Want a stress-free life? Few natural techniques make it easily possible
‘Stress’, a state of mental or emotional strain or tension resulting from adverse or demanding circumstances. Stress has become an inevitable part of everyone’s life. An aged person, who is happily living with his loving family around, and has nothing to worry about in life, may also have stress. A child may have stress due to the hectic schedule and for the frequent class tests at school. The fact is everyone in today’s world goes through stress; whatsoever the reason may be.
Being under stress is not just a mental hazard; it’s a physical one too. The more stressed out we are, the more vulnerable we will be to illnesses. We don’t always have control over what happens to us and can’t easily change the world around us. But, we can definitely take steps to give our bodies the protection and nourishment they need to handle stressors before they create anxiety, by following few simple and natural stress management alternatives. These techniques do not require any strenuous efforts. In fact, we practice most of them regularly. But only thing is, most of us don’t know that by following these easy techniques, we can lead a stress-free life! So, don’t be stressed out, rather change your daily routine and habits to live a stress-free life.
Breathe easy. Breathing is actually a great stress reliever. To breathe deeply, begin by putting your hand on your abdomen just below the navel. Inhale slowly through your nose and watch your hand move out as your belly expands. Hold the breath for a few seconds, and then exhale slowly. Repeat the same several times.
Shake your body
A little exercise helps loosen the muscles which help to reduce stress. Just stretch your arms out from your sides and shake your hands vigorously for about 10 seconds.
Take a walk
Walking forces you to breathe more deeply and improves circulation. It is better if you can go out and walk on grass. If that’s not possible, then simply walk around your house.
Sip some tea
Different studies suggest that a cup of tea reduces stress. Drinking tea results in positive mood and makes one relaxed. Its chemical properties make the brain more alert and thus help people recover from stress. It has beneficial effects on the cardiovascular system too.
A hot bath is awesome
What best you can do to relax yourself than to have a hot bath. You can also go for a long shower. The water always acts like a magic to our body.
Studies show that religious and spiritual people are calmer and healthier, compared with those who have no faith. So, saying a little prayer does no harm.
One best way is to admit that you are under stress. Learn to identify the stress signals like, neck or shoulder pain, shallow breathing, stammering, teeth gritting, queasiness, loss of temper. Once you are sure, then say out loud, ‘I’m feeling stressed.’
A self-motivating mantra
When life seems critical or if you are aware that you are under stress, compose a positive statement like, ‘I can do it’ and repeat several times. This actually helps to reduce stress to a great extent.
Write it on paper
Listing out things makes life easier. We often make ‘to do list’ in our life. Likewise, list out the stressors on a paper and then figure out which are the things you can change. Change what you can and stop thinking about the things which you can’t do anything about.
Learn to say ‘NO’
People who can’t say no are often seen under stress. Understand that we can’t make each and everyone happy at one time. So, be clear about your limits and learn to say NO.
Come whatever, but smile. We smile when we are relaxed and happy. But smiling when we are tense or worried can actually make us relaxed and happy too. So, don’t forget to say cheese!
Use the power of music
We all know the soothing power of music. Music relaxed our minds and hence, reduced stress to a great level. So, make it a habit to listen to the music which can actually calm your restless mind. Music is undoubtedly one of the best stress management tools.
A self massage is a great medicine to reduce stress. Simply massage the palm of one hand with the thumb of the other, in a circular motion.
Spend some time with self
Give time to yourself. Take out a few minutes to look out of your window or sit back in your balcony to catch something natural that captures your imagination. If you are a reader, you can definitely pick up a book by your favorite author.
Love a puppy
In a recent study, it has been found that people who own a dog had lower blood pressure than those who don’t. Even if you don’t have one, visit a friend who has. Playing and petting an animal for just a couple of minutes helps in relieving stress.
Add more vitamins
One must increase the intake of vitamins. The foods which are high in vitamins, are stress relievers. So, make it a habit to add up foods with more vitamins.
Studies found that visualizing calmness or relaxation is highly effective in reducing stress. Close your eyes, breathe slowly and imagine a relaxing scene, such as walking in a meadow or lying on the beach and focus on the details like the sounds, smells.
Believe it or not, but sex is one of the best ways to reduce stress. Sex increases levels of endorphins, the moods-boosting chemicals in the brain that relaxes the whole body. So, if sex is on the bottom of your to-do list for too long, move it to the top.
Tell a friend
Share your problems with your close buddy. You will feel better for sure.
Schedule a weekend, book a movie ticket or even take an appointment for a massage. Planning out means you are looking forward and which actually has calming perspective.
There is no strict formula to get rid of stress. Following the above natural and easy stress management techniques will be always fruitful. But at the same time, it is very important for everyone to know that we are the one who can actually stay away from stress to a great extent, by having control over our emotion, and certainly not reacting abruptly to each and every situation. Remember, you can sort out things easily, only when you are calm. So, stop stressing, start living.