Stress is hard to avoid in the fast moving modern world, but there are many ways to deal with it. One of the most important rules is to make sure you don’t let small stresses build up into something much more serious. Always ensure that you take a 10 minute break between one stressful task and the next — at home, work, or even in your spare time. This will give your mind and body a chance to unwind before you launch into the next potential cost of stress buildup.
If you are feeling really frazzled, try the simple 10 minute stress relieving exercise included in this article. You can do it anywhere, at any time — on a trip home, at your workplace, or even in line at the supermarket checkout counter. You will be amazed at how quickly the step-by-step plan helps you feel better.
PREPARING TO DESTRESS.
Before you start your de-stress exercise, find a suitable area and try to distract your mind from the stresses around you.
If you can, go outside and find a quiet spot in the fresh air. If you can’t, just opening a window will make a difference, even on a bus or train. Closing your eyes and thinking of a calm beach can ease stress.
Flowers with strong scents, such as Geranium and Lavender are good for easing anxiety; place a potted plant on your desk or windowsill and let the breeze from outside send its scent around the room. You can also place a few drops of essential oil on a tissue to help you breathe in the scent and relax.
Listening to soothing music through headphones will help too – or just imagine the melodic music in your mind. The gentle sounds of the sea or gentle instrumental music with no words are best for relaxing.
1. GENTLE BREATHING (1 MINUTE)
Sit comfortably on a chair, with your back straight and both feet on the ground. If you can’t sit down, stand as straight as possible without slouching or leaning against anything. Close your eyes and focus on your breathing. Try to let thoughts pass by, rather than pondering on them or daydreaming.
2. TENSE AND RELAX (4 MINUTES)
Make a fist with your right hand and tense all the muscles in your forearm. Hold the tension for five seconds and then relax your muscles for about 10 seconds. Now do the same thing for each part of your body. Tighten each group of muscles, hold the tension and then relax fully.
3. VISUALIZE (3 MINUTES)
Next, try to recall a place or time where you felt content and relaxed. Use your imagination to reconstruct the place and how you felt when you were there. It might have been a beach vacation or mountains where you went hiking. Let yourself become fully engaged in the scene.
4. LET GO (1 MINUTE)
Once your mind and body are completely relaxed, let go of your stress. Visualize a stream of light or energy pouring through your body and washing away your stress, or imagine the stress leaving your body with each out breath. Picture yourself getting through the rest of the day without stress by trying to anticipate any potentially difficult situations. Thinking about how you can get through them calmly will help you put this into practice.
5. STRETCH (1 MINUTE)
Keep your eyes closed and breathe in and out deeply. Enjoy the feeling of relaxation and rest. Move your fingers and toes playfully. Then breathe in and stretch your arms up over your head. Stretch your legs out in front of you. Now open your eyes.
The more often you do this 10-minute stress-relief plan, the better and easier it will become. You will be surprised at how relaxed and confident you begin to feel, and how the challenging parts of your life no longer feel so stressful.
Author Bio: Lisa Muria, Certified in 7 areas of natural wellness. To listen to our pre-recorded meditations, please visit www.lifeshareuniversity.com and click on podcasts. You can also listen to our free podcasts on ITunes by clicking here or searching Lifeshare University in the Itunes podcast store.
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