Relaxation Techniques to Reduce Stress

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We all get stressed; that's pretty much inevitable, especially in this fast paced life typical Americans like to keep. Between work, family, school activities, friends, and other errands, who has time to slow down, take it easy, and relax? The good news is that there are healthy ways to manage your stress levels to keep stress from getting the best of you.

First, and probably foremost, an excellent technique is exercise. There is nothing like getting the heart pumping and your blood flowing. You can do some healthy aerobic exercise, or if you have some pent up anger causing your stress, you can try some boxing. No matter what form of exercise you choose, it is sure to help release stress. Plus, you have the added health benefits that come along with it. You also get a second wind of energy to help you be more productive.

But, let's say, exercising just won't fit anywhere in your schedule for this particular day. What less time consuming things can you do instead? And what can you do that won't take up too much time? This technique sounds simpler than it is, at least until you get the hang of it, but all you have to do is stop thinking. That's right, stop thinking. Not stop thinking all together, but rather stop thinking about everything else other than the particular task you are supposed to be focusing on in that very instant. For instance, if you are stapling papers for a presentation, focus solely on the action of the stapling, not on all the many things you have to do when you leave work before you have to cook supper, put the kids to bed, etc.

Another way to relax is to do the old cliché method of counting to ten while breathing in deeply and exhaling slowly. It may be cliché, but it can work wonders. You can escape to your own quiet corner to do this or you can do it in a crowded room and no one notices. Yet, it forces your self to relax, even if only for a few moments.

Maybe the best tip of all for reducing stress, particularly if you are a woman, is to eat a piece of chocolate. There have been lots of new studies lately that justify the urge to eat chocolate when you are stressed. Dark chocolate is the preferred form and it is theorized that it lowers your stress hormone levels. How about that? We don't need to feel guilty about that "guilty indulgence" anymore.

The next best thing to chocolate, or maybe, just maybe you can convince yourself it is the first best thing, is laughter. Humor can often times be frowned upon, especially in certain work settings, but it is true what they say- laughter is the best medicine. If you don't feel open enough to laugh with your co-workers, try going online to a social networking site such as Facebook to interact with some of your friends. Sometimes just reading a few humorous lines posted by others will do the trick. Or perhaps you can read an email someone sent you that contains a joke.


Ricky Dean is a professional article writer for Dinosauric.com. To learn more about relaxation and massage techniques, visit www.dinosauric.com/health/relaxation-and-massage.

 

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