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How to Relieve Stress

Feeling stressed?

Relaxation techniques are an incredible way to help reduce and manage stress. Relaxation isn’t just about peace of mind, breathing everything out, doing yoga, and just letting it go. Relaxation is a process that decreases the effects of stress on your mind and body. Relaxation techniques can help you cope with everyday stress and with stress related to various health problems, such as cancer and pain.

When faced with a busy work schedule, trying to maintain work/life balance, chores, and just life in general, practicing relaxation techniques can reduce stress symptoms by:

  • Slowing your heart rate
  • Easing stress leavels
  • Lowering blood pressure
  • Slowing your breathing rate
  • Increasing energy levels
  • Reducing activity of stress hormones
  • Increasing blood flow to major muscles
  • Reducing muscle tension and chronic pain
  • Improving concentration and mood
  • Lowering fatigue
  • Reducing anger and frustration
  • Boosting confidence to handle problems

Here are a few relaxation techniques to help you relieve stress:

  • Deep breathing
  • Spending time with positive people
  • Laughing
  • Time management
  • Exercising
  • Getting enough sleep
  • Spending time with family and friends
  • Hypnosis
  • Massage
  • Meditation
  • Yoga
  • Music
  • Hobbies you enjoy

As you learn relaxation techniques, you’ll become more aware of muscle tension and other effects of stress. Once you know what the stress response feels like, you can make a conscious and prepared effort to practice a relaxation technique the moment you start to feel stress symptoms.

 Relaxation techniques are skills. As with any skill, your ability to relax improves with practice. Be patient with yourself.
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