Stress is something that affects almost all of us on a daily basis. It could be as a result of overworking the body and mind. It could also come from a troublesome life event, annoyance or an issue at the workplace. There are different ways stress can manifest itself, which can affect our mental and physical state of mind.
These are strategies that can help you relieve stress, to relax and enjoy your life to the fullest.
1. Focus on your breathing
Breathing can help you relieve stress and instantly calm your body and mind. This is why it is used as a central practice in yogic and meditative practice. Simple slow breaths, inhaling till the count of four and releasing from the mouth in a sigh is an easy way to bring attention to your breathing.
2. Have a good night’s sleep
There is this irritability we feel when we haven’t had enough time to rest. Stress itself causes hyperarousal, which can affect the balance between sleep and wakefulness. The first step to take in solving this is to practise stress-relieving breathing.
The second step is to ensure that your space is comfortable, and the light and temperature are just right for you. After tucking yourself into bed, place your hand on your stomach to become aware of your breath. Inhale deeply and flutter your lips to relieve stress from your face. Continue taking slow breaths to alert your body to come into a state of rest. With a clear mind and relaxed breathing, you should be all set for a peaceful slumber.
Some may see going to the gym as a stress-induction situation in itself. But what they don’t know is that hitting the gym can get your heart racing which can clear your head and give you feel-good endorphins. There are many ways to exercise. So, try to find one that you can enjoy.
These are simple but effective ways to relieve stress. Try them out anytime you feel stressed.