6 Relaxation Techniques to Reduce Stress

We all need to reduce stress in our lives. Stress is essentially a fact of life for everyone, but it is also within your reach to takes steps to minimize the condition. Here are six helpful relaxation techniques to get you started toward healthy stress management.

1. Meditation

Meditation can be as simple as finding a quiet spot to have some alone time. People have been using mediation to reduce stress for centuries, often in the form of religious prayer. The main concept is to retreat into your mind for a few minutes and focus on positive thoughts. Think of what you can be thankful for and what you would like to improve. Close your eyes and focus on achieving your goals. Visualize positive future outcomes.

2. Yoga/Stretching

Stress can cause the muscles in your body to become tense. Just as your mind can affect your body, your body can affect your state of mind. The stretching techniques involved in yoga serve to relax the body by easing tension in your muscles. It also has the side effects of increasing flexibility, blood flow and muscle tone. Overall, it’s a good addition to a healthy lifestyle.

3. Exercise

Sometimes the best way to reduce stress is to use all of your excess energy to exercise. This could be as simple as taking a short walk or running several miles. Weight lifting is also a great way to reduce stress. After a good workout, your body may continue to release endorphins, which naturally make you feel happy. Not only will you feel great, but continuing to exercise will make you look great too. Burning extra energy also means burning extra fat and calories and developing muscles.

4. Movie or Music

Watching a movie or listening to music can take your mind out of your current situation for a short while. And that might be just what you need to reduce stress. Have some movies on hand that seem to strike a chord with you, namely a comedy. Or find some music that seems to sooth you, such as jazz or classical. Focus on the music when you need to decompress.

5. Browse the News

This might sound counter-intuitive but looking at the problems around you might help put things in perspective. The world is a big place that’s filled with problems of varying degrees. Your problems are important because they are yours, but just keep in mind that everyone has their share of problems too. You’re not alone. See how others are dealing with theirs and ask yourself if yours are really worth stressing over.

6. Sleep

Sleep is a wonderful tool for dealing with stress. Stress often arises from failing to solve the problems at hand. While you sleep your brain is working overtime to solve all of the lingering problems that are on your mind. Many a complex scientific theory has been discovered in dreams. The solution to your problems might be there too. And solving problems may lead to less stress.

These are just a few ways to help reduce stress. Keep trying new techniques until you find one that works best for you.

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