Relaxation Techniques

Relaxation Techniques to Reduce Stress

Whether you are dealing with depression and anxiety, or are overwhelmed by life’s stressors, knowing the techniques you can use to relax will help reduce stress and make every day a little bit brighter. Stress in itself is not a horrible thing, there are good stresses like running a race and other types of competition that get our juices flowing and are good for the brain and the soul. However, the bad stress that tends to accumulate in daily life is like a poison that needs to be purged. Below are some relaxation techniques to reduce stress.

Take a break and decompress. Ten minutes is all it takes to feel some real relief when you place a warm pad around your neck and shoulders. Simply close your eyes and relax all of your upper body, including your back. Then, remove the warm pad and use a foam roller or tennis ball to massage away the tension that usually gathers in your upper back and neck area.

Exercise not only helps the body, it rejuvenates the mind. No matter what type of exercise it is, walking, jogging, stretching, yoga, etc., exercise is one of the best treatments for depression and anxiety, as well as stress.

Mediating for just a few minutes a day can help ease stress, as well as depression and anxiety. Sit on the floor with both feet on the floor and your spine straight. Close your eyes and repeat a phrase or word out loud or silently that makes you feel good. “I am at peace,” “I am calm,” “I love myself,” are all phrases that work well.

Stop moving forward so quickly. Slow down and take in the present. Tension, stress and anxiety are usually furthered by worries about what’s coming next. When you live in the present and use all of your senses to take in the world around you, it eases that tension and stress.

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