- Get some exercise
Even if it is just taking a walk, exercise helps us blow off steam and increases endorphins in the process. Taking a few minutes to exercise gets us out of the stressful situation and can provide some perspective so that we can return in a new frame of mind. Even better, find a friend to exercise with and enjoy the benefits of the social support of having one another. By taking the time to exercise, we can have time to think, reframe, and return with a more optimistic frame of mind.
- Take a few deep breaths
I know it sounds cliché, but if you are not in a position for you to leave the situation that is stressing you out, it may be a good time to practice breathing exercises. Getting more oxygen into your body and releasing tension are two ways that breathing exercises can benefit you. The best part about breathing exercises is that you can do them anytime and anywhere! As you focus on the inhalation and exhalation of your breathing, visualize your happy place to quickly feel more calm.
- Try progressive muscle relaxation
Progressive muscle relaxation is a technique where you tense and release all of your muscle groups, leaving your body feeling more relaxed afterwards. To practice this simple technique, you clench or tense a major muscle group and then relax it, moving from the muscles in your face all the way to your toes. By tensing the muscles before relaxing them, you enable yourself to relax them more thoroughly after the release.
Once you have been able to calm down, you should be in a better position to handle whatever stressful situations you have been experiencing. It is a great idea to adopt a few regular stress relievers and healthy lifestyle habits so that you can reduce your overall stress level. For a good way to relax, try a relaxation massage at Blitz Body and Mind Massage with Stephanie. You can contact her at 866-3261 or firstname.lastname@example.org to set up an appointment today.
By Stephanie Szpila