Thursday, March 25, 2010

5 tips to Reduce Stress

Image taken from spencerfinnley

Sometimes in life we come across stressful situations it is important we do not let these emotions overwhelm us but find ways to overcome the stress.

Here are some tips on coping with stress:

1) Disconnect. Even if this is hard one has to try in order to look at a situation objectively disconnecting for just 5 minutes or so can help you regain your footing and come back and tackle the problem stronger and more effectively. Plug into your music, remove yourself from the present location, make yourself a beverage, you get the picture. Disconnect.

2) Aromatherapy. I am no expert in this field but it has been scientifically proven that scents can influence ones mood. Bring a small vial of your favorite fragrance and spray some on your vital points: inside of wrist, behind your knees, shoulder blades. You should feel better right away.

source: ultrafragrance

3) Breathe. Yes, you heard me right. Sit up straight and inhale and exhale deeply. Do this right and you should feel your chest rise up and sink down with each inhalation and exhalation. Keep doing this until you feel calmer and more relaxed. Getting more oxygen into the body is sure way to reduce your blood pressure and induce stress relief.

4) Talk it out. Keeping your unhappiness inside can make you feel worse and misunderstood. Speak to a friend who you are sure is not going to judge you but listen and comfort you. Talking about stressful problems is particularly useful for women to reduce their stress levels and just let it all out.

5) Get Active. Go for a walk. Go for a run. Do jumping jacks. Indulging in some physical activity will release endorphins thus reducing stress levels. If the thought of wearing running shoes and running sends you into hyperventilation simply go some place where you can walk around and you feel at ease. Be it a park, shopping mall or a quiet library. Take your pick just get up and walk.

Disclaimer: All these tips are just general advice and are not meant to treat people with serious high blood pressure problems. If you have serious stress related issues always consult a doctor not some chick on the internet with a blog.

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