Being stressed out is not uncommon. In the world we live in, there is something always going on, and most of the time it is uncontrollable. Work, children, school, there are endless stressors that factor into our lives and can really begin to overwhelm us. In this blog post you will find ways to reduce your stress levels anywhere you are, even if you are trapped in your office.
First, take the time to write down whatever is bothering you. Let it out on a piece of paper so it is not bouncing around in your head causing migraines. We have to learn to accept the stressor, and not try to avoid it. It will still be there even if you try to forget about it. So write it down, acknowledge it, and accept it.
The next step is breathing. Sounds easy because we do it all day every day, but there is a style of breathing that benefits us more than just keeping us alive. Most of us take shallow breaths, but here you want to breath deeply and slowly. Expand your stomach and chest when inhaling, and then slowly exhale. Even go outside and get fresh air. Begin to count your breaths, and let your mind wander away from whatever it is that is bothering you. Deep breaths help lower your blood pressure, and relaxes your stress alarm system.
If you are at home, take a warm compress and wrap it around your forehead or shoulders. Close your eyes and breath. Maybe put on some of your favorite songs, or light candles if it helps. Studies show that aromatherapy can be a great way to relieve stress. Lavender scent has been consistently shown to help ease tension.
Another technique to lower stress levels is to exercise. You do not have to run, even walking or yoga will help lower stress levels. Studies show this helps ease depression and anxiety by helping the brain release feel-good chemicals and by giving your body a chance to practice dealing with stress. A short walk around the block will help, even stretching – anything to get your body moving.