For many people life is (or seems to be) more stressful these days. We have more to do, more to think about at work and at home. So when I came across this article by Nina Zipkin on Entrepreneur Daily, I thought it would make a helpful blog. So, sit down, relax and take five minutes to read about some techniques that will help relieve the stress you may be feeling.
A tip from Harvard Medical School: Find a quiet place, it could be outside or behind your desk (if you have already locked the door) and breathe in slowly through your nose allowing the air to fill your lungs. Let your abdomen expand fully. Then breathe out slowly through your mouth or your nose.
Try and find humor in things and start laughing. The Mayo Clinic says laughter can ease physical pain, boost your immune system and help you connect with others. It can also aid in coping with anxiety and depression.
A study at the University of California at San Diego shown that people who were grateful had healthy hearts. When it comes right down to it, most of us have a lot to be grateful for. People who are grateful feel less fatigue and sleep better.
Singing does make you feel better. Partly, I think because of the breathing, but it also takes you out of yourself. I remember my mother singing “Whistle A Happy Tune” from the King And I. The lyrics: “Whenever I feel afraid. I hold my head erect. And whistle a happy tune. So no one will suspect I’m afraid.” I now sing that and other songs myself when I am stressed and it works well for me.
Count To Ten (or Twenty if you wish)
Counting refocuses your mind on something other than the stress, according to the Anxiety & Depression Association of America.
Hugs are a great stress reliever and drinking water can help, Having an apple, berries or walnuts, which contain antioxidants, may also work. Lastly get some exercise, even if it’s just a five-minute walk around the building.
Whether you are at work or at home be aware of when you are becoming stressed, deal with it in a quick and easy way to get things back on track.
A tip of the glass from me to you.