Even when life is full of good things, stress can occur. Whether it’s taking care of the family, house, chores, etc., the reality is that stress can build up over time if we’re not careful. But the good news is that health professionals say that consistently engaging in stress reduction techniques can cause you to feel more peaceful and happier.
And that’s definitely how we want you to feel, so today let’s look at some common stress-reduction techniques that you can use to keep your life free from stress.
1. Deep Breathing Relaxation
If you talk to those who seem completely relaxed and live in a peaceful state, many of them will tell you that they have learned how to harness the breath for their optimal benefit. Deep breathing techniques can help reduce stress and tension in the mind and the body. Combined with meditation, deep breathing can give you a whole new feel for life. Make it a habit to practice sitting or lying still and taking a few deep, slow breaths in and out. As you do so, just concentrate on your breathing and relaxing every muscle in your body. You can do this anywhere, but some say doing this outside in nature is their favorite place. Do this as many times a day as you’d like and you’ll be reducing stress and gaining a sense of peace that will get you smiling and feeling cheerful.
Even if you do not love to exercise, getting those endorphins moving is a great way to reduce stress and get in shape at the same time. You don’t have to be a hardcore athlete to exercise; you can go for a simple walk three to four times per week, go for a bike ride, or perform yoga at your leisure. Even gardening or yard work will get your blood circulating. Decide on several movement activities that get your body in motion and commit to doing them a few times a week.
3. Just Slow Down
Our society may tend to push the notion that busyness equals productivity, but that is not necessarily true. There are plenty of busy people who are burned out and miserable. Take a look at your life and decide what things you can get rid of in order to slow down the pace. Do the kids really have to be involved in every sport? Do you really have to take care of so many things? Work smarter, not necessarily harder. Make a “not-to-do” list and free up some of your time so that you can relax and do some things that you enjoy.
4. Become An Optimist
Optimism is a choice. Do you go around with a smile or a frown most of the time? Do you let every negative circumstance ruin your days? Decide to put a smile on and look at the bright side of every situation. This will certainly reduce your stress, and those around you will appreciate your optimism. The world needs more optimists, so join the club!
Stress reduction is possible with some planning and firm decisions. Go ahead and incorporate these tips into your life and commit to a less-stressed and less-busy life. Time goes by so fast, so don’t forget to enjoy the journey.
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