I am sure we have all experienced stress at some point in our lives. Whether it’s from work, home, or some other circumstance, stress is apart of our lives. And many of us are guilty of simply ignoring the stress and trying to push through our daily tasks. However, chronic and severe stress can wreak havoc on our bodies.
Clearly, stress is a problem and it’s not going to go away unless you do something about it. Thankfully, there is an endless amount of stress relief techniques that will help you manage stress and get back on track.
One really good stress relief technique is meditation. In fact, it’s one of the easiest and most effective stress relief tactics there is. A few minutes of practice per day can help ease anxiety, which is a huge contributor to stress. Meditation has been shown in countless studies to reduce stress, among several other positive benefits, and it can be done anywhere making it incredibly convenient.
But how exactly do you meditate? Well thankfully, it’s pretty simple! Simply find somewhere to sit down, turn your attention to your breath, and either maintain focus as you breathe in and out or count each inhale and exhale as one. This will help you feel calmer, more relaxed, and leave you feeling much more refreshed.
2. Be Present
It’s easy to get caught up in the worries of day to day life. Most of us go about our days being half here and half somewhere else, whether that’s worrying about dinner and bills at work or work at home. We get so caught up in our worries that we forget to be present and enjoy life.
Take a little bit of time each day to stop that mental loop and become present to whatever is around you. It doesn’t matter whether you’re walking to your car, sitting at your desk, or are on your afternoon commute home. Just take a moment to feel all the sensory information around you. When you spend time in the moment and focus on your senses, you should feel less tense.
3. Get Moving
One of the best things you can do to relieve stress and improve your overall health is exercise. Now this doesn’t mean you have to hit the gym and do an intense workout. All forms of exercise, including yoga and walking, can ease depression and anxiety by helping the brain release feel-good chemicals and by giving your body a chance to practice dealing with stress.
You can go for a quick walk around the block, take the stairs up and down a few flights, or do some stretching exercises like head rolls and shoulder shrugs. As long as you are getting your body up and moving, you can experience the benefits of exercise for stress relief.
4. Eat Healthy Snacks
I am sure most of us are guilty of reaching for that junk food when we are feeling stressed. And while that’s okay every once in a while, what we eat has a huge effect on our mood and how our body functions.
Consuming foods that are heavy in sugar and bad fats can actually affect your mental health. Instead, adopt a diet that is low in processed foods. So try your best to make little changes to your diet each day in order to help your body manage stress more efficiently.
The Stress Relief Takeaway
There are tons of stress relief techniques out there, it’s all about finding what works best for you. So experiment a little with these techniques and see which ones help you manage your stress.
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Author: Chris Friesen
Chris Friesen is a gym owner, personal trainer, online fitness coach and former “fat dad” living on 60 beautiful acres of countryside in rural Canada.
He specializes in helping busy parents shed body fat quickly, WITHOUT becoming gym rats OR giving up the foods they love to eat.
In his spare time, he enjoys spending time with his wife and 3 kids, sitting in his hot tub out in the snow with a glass of bourbon, and yelling at his (many) misbehaving barn cats.