There have been a few posts on my blog recently aboutand anxiety. I know I’m not alone in feeling it from time to time. The people around me, the people I know, and the people I don’t, all have to get through life despite the ups and downs. But when you’re starting to feel ill from stress, you know you have to stop everything and do something to address it.
I’ve been checking out some different ways to help you keep on top of your stress levels. Some take a little time, others are quick and simple. All of them should both help relieve your stress and help prevent stress coming back. Let’s face it, life’s going to keep coming at us, and we need to stay motivated to tackle it head on!
Go for a walk – This is the cheapest and easiest way to take a break from everything around you. If you’re about to have a row or you just can’t think straight, a good, brisk walk can clear the air and the cobwebs. Increasing your heart rate helps your body manage that extrathat comes with stress and anxiety too. Best of all, a change of scenery can really change your mood as well.
Take deep breaths – If you can’t get away, then try slowing your breathing down. Use long inhalations and exhalations. Closing your eyes and counting your breaths can really help to calm you down. This is good if you’re feeling nervous, anxious or stressed. Focused breathing techniques are used in meditation and Yoga. If you find it works for you, why not take regular classes?
Massage – Sometimes you deserve to be spoiled with a luxury spa massage. There are lots of different massages you can choose from. Some are healing, some are relaxing. Most of them will help relieve tension in your body that may have become painful or uncomfortable. You just lay down and let someone else work all that stress out of you. Bliss.
Punch bag – Boxing a punching bag can really help channel that frustration! It’s also a good way to improve your strength, coordination and fitness. For the less physically ambitious, you could try a weighted inflatable one. Some of them come with funny character faces, so you might end up on the floor in fits of giggles. Of course laughing is one of the best remedies for stress!
Hug it out – Physical contact like an embrace can help relieve stress and improve your emotional well-being. If you don’t have a husband to hand, then a cat is an excellent hug-buddy. Their fur is known to provide comfort when we humans touch it. A cat’s purr is also thought to have an effect on our brain waves to provide almost instant relaxation and calm. Purrfect.
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Feeling stressed can be really unpleasant. It’s important to address it as soon as you can so it doesn’t make you ill. Stress can affect every part of your life, and even cause you physical pain. Not nice! Make some time in your day for some relaxation.