We’ve all heard the saying, “Life is like a box of chocolates. You never know what you’re going to get.” Life can be crazy and can give us all kinds of unexpected events. Stress is basically inevitable, but how we choose to deal with the stress is what makes all the difference. Instead of letting the stress overwhelm you, let’s explore some healthy ways to deal with it.
Breathing Exercises. In order to combat the harmful effects that stress can leave on your body, it is good to find a way to relax. To combat stress, the body’s natural relaxation response needs to be exercised. Deep breathing exercises can be a fantastic way to do so. Deep breathing is easy to learn, can be done basically anywhere and is a quick way to relax the body.
Try it out. Sit up straight, and take a deep breath, getting as much air into your lungs as you can. Exhale slowly, and repeat as often as you need to. These deep breaths will help you feel less tense. Check this for more breathing exercises for relaxation.
Meditation. Meditation is another way to manage and even reduce stress. Meditation can be used to induce a sense of calm over your body. This can be beneficial to your health. Meditation focuses on staying calm and focused which will ultimately bring your life back into balance when the stress is intense. Here is a quick and easy way to meditate:
Simply find a quiet place in your home or your office where you can meditate without distractions. Have a seat, either in a chair or on the floor. Make sure to sit upright. Close your eyes or find a point to focus on. Keep your mind on the point of focus, even if other thoughts intrude during your meditation. Do this for a few minutes and you will begin to feel relaxed.
There are many types of meditation from mindfulness meditation to yoga. Find the one that works best for you and try implementing it into your life. Check out this article for more meditation types and techniques.
Breathing exercises and meditation are just two of the many ways to reduce stress.
Tell us, what do you do to manage your stress?