If youre feeling the strain, but the idea of devoting your life
to yoga doesnt appeal, try these 10 hassle free ways to inner calm
Easy Stress Busters
1. Talk Talk through your problems
with a good friend or your partner. Even the act of discussing things
often makes you feel better. Ask for impartial advice as to how to ease
the problems that you have discovered, or choose the sort of stressful
situations that you have identified in which to use relaxation techniques
2. Learn How To Relax Practice deep-breathing
techniques such as slowly inhaling while counting to five; hold your breath
for five seconds then breathe out slowly. Repeat this 10 times when feeling
stressed, concerning on nothing but your breathing.
3. Exercise Regularly You do not have
to be a gym freak to get the stress beating benefits of exercise. Even
20 minutes of brisk walking three times a week will help to reduce stress
as well as promoting restful sleep.
4. De-Clutter Mess creates confusion
and a sense of loss of power. If your desk/home/car is messy and disorganised,
have a good clear out and tidy up. Youll instantly feel more in
5. Think Positive Use affirmations
positive strands of thought out into words. Repeating I am
a loving and much loved person, can work wonders. Say it and believe
it. And it will become true.
6. Keep A List - for at least a fortnight
- of events, times, places and people that seem to make you feel more
stressed. You will probably be surprised to find that a pattern soon emerges;
and this may be linked to time pressure, personality clashes, inappropriate
demands or simply trying to do too many things at once.
7. Plan Breaks In Your Day - The aim here
is to allow time for the unexpected. Get up 15 minutes earlier than you
think you need to and prepare for the day without rushing. Even better,
get things ready the night before. Try to have 20 minutes in the morning
and afternoon that is exclusively 'your' time, in which you can do whatever
you want, even if it is simply sitting doing nothing. Look forward to
these times when things get busy and if you are unable to use them always
remember to 'catch up' later on.
8. Stretch - Sitting upright on a chair,
and keeping your back straight, extend your arms out in front of you as
far as possible. Hold for ten seconds. Repeat, with your arms behind you.
Then hold on to the sides of your chair and push your body upwards. Feel
your spine stretch. Hold for ten. Now stretch arms to the ceiling, to
release tension in back and shoulders. Relax and shake your arms.
9. Use Scent To Improve Your Mood - Certain
aromas are thought to activate the production of the brain's feel-good
chemical serotonin. Drip a few drops of the following aromatherapy oils
on a tissue to sniff when you feel stress levels rising: jasmine, neroli,
lavender, chamomile, vetiver, clary sage.
10. Change The Habit - Many stresses are
habitual. If you start to feel anxious or stressed out, do something out
of character. Stop what you're doing and do something else. Or take a
minute to take stock and work out why you're feeling uptight.
For more information on relaxation and stress therapies see;
© Catherine Pengelly June 2002
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