It often seems like there just are never enough hours in the day to do everything that needs to be done. It starts with one little thing that is stressing you out and then builds and builds until the stress seems unbearable.
Being too stressed poses some significant health risks. In fact, forty-three percent of adults suffer from some sort of adverse health affect from stress. Whether you have a deadline looming with way too much to do or you are planning a big event, stress comes in many different forms. Stress has an effect on the body that may seem very similar to having an illness. Unchecked stress can lead to symptoms such as headaches, muscle pain, fatigue, and sleep problems. It can lead to a lack of focus or motivation to do things that you once enjoyed. Some people become depressed or irritable, and others start to withdraw socially and even start to abuse drugs and alcohol. There are many symptoms of stress, but luckily there are also many techniques to combat stress anytime and anywhere.
Just because you are stuck at a desk all day or too busy running around taking care of the kids does not mean that you can’t relax a bit. Here are several relaxation techniques that can help you manage your stress:
Breathing exercises: If at any point in the day you feel like the stress is too much and is starting to become overwhelming, take a few seconds for a few deep breaths. Release the tension that has built up in your body by exhaling and increase your energy with deep inhales. When doing so, sit up straight, close your eyes, and place your hand on your belly. Deep breathing fights the effects of stress by slowing your heart rate and lowering blood pressure.
Meditation: You don’t need to be in a serene Buddhist garden to meditate. Just a few minutes a day can help reduce anxiety. To meditate, sit up straight with your feet on the floor and attempt to clear your mind. Focus on a positive message and dispel any negative thoughts that may pop into your head.
Head down: According to yoga tradition, resting the forehead quiets the mind. Put your forearms on your desk, fully extend your spine, and rest your head on your arms. When your head is down, take several deep breaths to feel calm.
Slow down: All too often things are moving at a million miles a minute. Amid all the chaos, take a moment to stop and smell the roses, so to speak. Observing your surroundings, enjoy the sunshine and fresh air. Often just taking a second to slow down and focus on your senses will help relieve tension.
While the adverse health effects of stress are serious, you don’t need to let your stress control your life. By using a few simple relaxation techniques, the stress can melt away.