Life is hectic, busy...stressful. Our bodies are simply not made to cope with theCredit: http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:StressSymptoms.gif vast amount of stresses we put on ourselves each day. A deadline at work, a busy schedule even traffic can trigger our flight our fight response. This response sends signals to our adrenal glands to release adrenaline. In the wild this adrenaline would help us to survive. It would help us run faster or fight stronger. But in the modern environment when stressful situations cause our bodies to release adrenaline it sits unused and wears down all of our systems which can make us more susceptible to illness, cause depression or just a general feeling of unwell. This is why it is important to stop stress as soon as it starts!
Here are some quick stress relieving techniques you can try starting this very moment!
Breathe: This is the simplest of all stress relieving techniques. Take five minutes right now to just breathe. Don't check your phone or email (set a timer if you need to). Close your eyes and take really good deep breaths.
Get a drink of water: If you're in a stressful situation right now, sometimes it helps just to get away. Step back from your overflowing inbox right now and treat yourself to some a cool drink.
Get some exercise: Even if you just go for a quick walk, any sort of exercise will boost endorphins and relieve stress.
Stretch it out: After your workout (preferably while your muscles are still warm) do some deep yoga stretches. Breathe deeply and feel the stretch in each of your muscles.
Take a bath: Skip the shower tonight and instead take a long soothing soak in the tub. If you like you may add some tension relieving bath salts and a few drops of essential oils (lavender and peppermint are both great stress relievers).
Try some tea: a soothing herbal tea may be just the thing to help you relax. Try kava or chamomile.
Go to bed early: A well rested body handles stress better than a tired one. Skip the T.V. and go to sleep a bit early, you'll be thankful you did in the morning.
Treat Yourself: Do whatever it is you've been wanting to do. Go horseback riding, shopping, to the spa or just out with friends for the night. Doing things you love not only relaxes you, but gets rid of that stress related depression.
Get into nature: The outdoors may be just the thing you need to rejuvenate yourself from your hectic life. Go camping, hiking or snowshoeing. Anything that gets you into the great outdoors will help to relieve your stress.
Stressful situations wont just disappear from your life. But by using these stress relieving techniques you can learn to manage your stress and take control of your life!