How to Relieve Stress in 8 Minutes or Less


Stress Relief

Relieve Stress

 

Stress is a normal, even necessary, physical response to possibly threatening or upsetting situations. Too much stress can be harmful for your physical and mental health. Fortunately, there are many ways to relieve stress in just 8 minutes or less! These natural relaxation remedies are cost-efficient because you will not be spending money and results-effective because your stress levels will almost immediately take a nosedive.

 

How to Meditate

Meditation is a proven way for stress reduction for several reasons including stimulating more blood flow into the body and brain. Just follow these simple steps on how to meditate in just 5 minutes:

  • Find a comfortable and quiet place to meditate such as your bedroom.

  • Sit on the floor or on the bed in a lotus position.

  • Close your eyes, breathe deeply and empty your mind (i.e., focus on your breathing while leaving behind your worries). Be sure that your diaphragm rises with every inhalation and deflates with every exhalation. This is the foundation of all deep breathing techniques.

  • Feel your mind and body start to relax.

You should be able to feel your stress levels decrease with every minute spent meditating.

 

Listen to Relaxing Music

Studies have proven that listening to relaxing music has a soothing effect on frayed nerves and tired bodies. Music therapy is used by healthcare professionals to aid in depression treatment, to ease muscle tension, and to calm patients.

 

Do Yoga

Yoga is known as meditation in movement for good reasons. The ancient practice combines the benefit of physical activity designed to promote flexibility, improve muscle tone, and boost muscular strength as well as mental relaxation because of its focus on proper breathing. Do these five poses - a minute for each pose - every day to enjoy the benefits:

  • Siddhasana ‘Perfect Posture’

  • Agnistambhasana ‘Double Pigeon’

  • Ardha Matsyendrasana ‘Half Spinal Twist’

  • Adho Mukha Svanasana ‘Downward Facing Dog’

  • Halasana ‘Plow’

Be sure to ask a certified yoga instructor for the proper techniques and forms for these postures.

 

Engage in Deep Breathing Techniques

Deep breathing pumps more oxygen into the body, so to speak, which reduces stress levels. Experts recommend trying these three types of deep breathing and then determining which one works best for you:

  • Stimulating breath, a technique used to increase alertness and energy in a positive manner

  • Relaxing breath, a natural tranquilizer for your nervous system

  • Breath counting, a technique used in Zen practice

 

Take a Nature Walk

Exercise lessens stress levels, too, but you need not engage in strenuous exercise – even a short nature walk through a neighborhood park will suffice. Not only will you be able to enjoy distance from the source of your stress, but you will also enjoy the fresh air, warm sunshine, and beautiful scenery.

 

Enjoy Aromatherapy

Aromatherapy is based on connection between your sense of smell and your brain – when you smell lavender, for example, you are more likely to relax. Just light an aromatic candle, pour scented bath salts into your bath water, and open a jar of potpourri, and enjoy its benefits.

 

Play with Your Companion Pet

Studies have shown that playing with a companion pet can lessen stress levels. Playing accomplishes two things – physical activity and distracts the mind, both necessary in stress reduction.

 

What are you waiting for? Adopt these natural relaxation remedies and start becoming the master of your stress!