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Want to Relieve Stress?

Posted 01-17-2013 at 01:45 PM by ChristaIB
Updated 10-17-2013 at 11:48 AM by ChristaIB (to correct typo)

Stress is not always a bad thing. For some people, a little occasional stress or pressure can motivate necessary action or change. However, if you find that your stress levels have become too heavy or frequent, it's time to get some relief.

Try these simple stress-relief techniques.

Exercise to Reduce Stress: The endorphins you get from exercise can be a mood lifter. Whether you jog around the block, jump up and down on a trampoline or climb the stairs of your office building during your lunch break, exercise can be a great boost and stress reliever.

Get Outdoors: It has been found that spending a little bit of time outdoors several times each week can relieve stress and relax the body. Have you considered fitting some “green exercise” into your weekly routine? Green exercise refers to physical activities performed outdoors in scenic surroundings. Find parks or trails where you can enjoy nature. Even if you only have time to sit and read a book in your garden or yard and soak up some sun for a few minutes, this will reduce your anxiety and stress levels.

Breathe Deeply: When your stress levels climb, take a moment to stop and take a deep breath in through your nose and exhale it slowly through your mouth. The simple activity of inhaling deeply and exhaling slowly will bring your attention to your body and the present moment. Don’t let your stressful thoughts interfere with your deep breathing session. Chase away thoughts about deadlines or any stressful event that has occurred. Focus on your breath for a few minutes. This will center you, allowing you to tackle any issues with a clearer mind and calmer approach.

Try Aromatherapy: Invest in some aromatic oils. Choose calming scents like lavender and chamomile. Rub a drop of diluted oil on the inside of your wrist and breathe in the scent. You can also add a drop or two to your bath and allow yourself time away from everything to calm your mind and your senses.

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    I never thought of aroma therapy as a way to relieve stress! Totally makes sense now that I think about all the times I felt relaxed with a smell of cookies, coffee, scented candles, or insence burning.

    Thanks!
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    Posted 01-28-2013 at 12:31 AM by Galileo86 Galileo86 is offline
 

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