Thursday, August 15, 2013

Feeling Stressed Out? How to Find a Way to Relax

If you feel like every day begins and ends with you feeling completely frazzled, it's time to make stress reduction a top priority. Not only can stress take a major toll on your quality of life, but it can also cause physical problems like headache, muscle tension, and an upset stomach. Since there's really nothing good to be said about stress, let's go over seven different strategies that can help you relax:
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Drink Green Tea
Most people know that green tea has been linked to a wide range of health benefits. Another reason it's definitely worth keeping some green tea around is just going through the ritual of brewing it, pouring the hot tea into a cup and then enjoying it can help you relax.

Massage Your Hands
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You don't have to pay for a massage to reap the benefits of this practice. In fact, you don't even have to wait until a loved one is available to give you a massage. Instead, it's actually possible to give yourself one. The area where you'll want to massage is between your thumb and index finger. Once you grab that area with your other thumb and index finger, rub in a circular manner. After doing one hand for two to ten minutes, switch to the other. In addition to relaxing you, this type of massage can actually help get rid of headaches.

Use a Vaporizer for Aromatherapy
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Because your sense of smell is so powerful, inhaling essential oils like lavender and thyme can be very relaxing. Pax vaporizers are a popular option for engaging in this practice. Thanks to its portable design, the Pax by Ploom makes on the go aromatherapy easy to accomplish. You'll also be able to use the Pax by Ploom multiple times per day without needing to recharge it.

Eat a Piece of Chocolate
This is a truly delicious way to help get your stress under control. While the amazing flavor of dark chocolate is enough to put a smile on most people's faces, it actually contains flavonoids that can help reduce the hormone that's responsible for causing stress.

Put Your Head on a Pillow
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Getting enough sleep each night is important for reducing stress and keeping your overall health on track. But even if you're sleeping well during the night, there may be times during the day when you feel a little tired. Although some people opt for a nap, that may not work for you.
Whether it's because napping actually makes you feel worse or you simply aren't in a setting where you can fall asleep, just the act of putting your head on a pillow can be enough to give you the natural energy burst you need to avoid feeling overwhelmed and subsequently stressed out.

Take a Walk
There are several reasons this seemingly simple activity can actually be very effective. First, it gives you an opportunity to remove yourself from your current surroundings and enjoy some new scenery. Second, you'll benefit from taking in a healthy dose of fresh air and sunshine. Additionally, it gives you an opportunity to be by yourself.
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While long periods of isolation generally aren't good for boosting people's moods, being alone for ten to thirty minutes is a great way to collect your thoughts and remind yourself that things aren't actually as urgent as they may seem during a heated meeting or similar situation.

Pay Attention to Your Breathing
One of the nice things about this technique is you can take advantage of it just about anywhere. If you feel like everything around you is moving too quickly, fully focus in on your breathing. Even if you don't change the pace of your breathing, simply focusing on it can bring down your stress fairly quickly.
As you can see from the above list, the good news is there are plenty of ways to deal with stress. For the majority of people, employing a combination of a few of those techniques should be enough to noticeably reduce stress. But if you feel like stress is absolutely overwhelming your life and taking a toll on your health, don't hesitate to seek professional help.
There's no shame in visiting your doctor and letting them know how you're feeling. In fact, it may be exactly what you need to get this issue under control and ensure it doesn't cause any lasting harm. And even if you do need to take that approach, you can still use the tactics discussed above to support your stress reduction plan.

About The Author

Scott Buckowski is a professional motivational speaker and professional self help expert.He was inspired by Tony Robbins at an early age and decided to make a career out of helping people live happier and more fulfilling lives.
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  1. I will give it a try, the green tea. My son loves green tea and always recommends that I drink them.

  2. Breathing in and out now as I internalize the advice here...hmmm the eating a chocolate part is my favorite :)