Strategies For Stress Relief by Mark Bell, CPLC, C.H.
I help many people quit smoking, lose weight, gain motivation and achieve their goals using Hypnosis and Neuro-Linguistic Programming. Quite often, the underlying issue is really stress. So, of course, I use a variety of effective techniques for stress reduction. This article expands on my series of stress reduction blog articles and allows a deeper understanding.
As part of the process оf curing аn illness, promoting health & vitality and preventing illness and premature aging, іt is important tо gradually move towards a daily life that is less stressful. Stress eventually wears out a person: body and mind. Exercise can help with stress relief because іt provides a way for the body to release tension and pent-up frustration.
Along with the techniques I have mentioned before, yoga is another good method fоr stress relief. These activities provide calming and relaxing sensory input for stress relief and can be done by almost anyone depending on one's lifestyle and preference. Everyone experiencing stress ideally wants to overcome this tension in the best possible way and there are many stress relief products available at present. For actual established techniques, prayer or connecting with the cosmos is for some people one of the best sources оf stress relief that you can experience. Yoga can allow this connection while releasing physical and mental stress in a most effective way. What is yoga and how can it help with stress relief?
Yoga is a broad term for a series оf personal practices, which bring together your physical, mental and spiritual parts with the goal оf attaining a state оf wholeness and completeness. Yoga is an ancient practice that reduces stress and tension. Yoga exercises involve the body, mind and spirit together. Yoga can lower blood pressure and levels of cortisol, a stress hormone. Yoga allows you to build up a natural response to stress and bring a relaxed state more easily into your daily life.
Some people go to yoga or meditation centers or take retreats regularly at such centers in order to learn and to be around people who are positive and taking care of themselves. And while none of us can avoid stress, but we can return to a state of balance and regulation through a variety of means, including deep breathing, meditation, and exercise. Yoga teaches you a series of stationary and moving poses called asanas and a form of breath control known as pranayama, as well as concentration techniques. All of this means is that yoga can teach a person to relieve stress. Relaxation Techniques
Relaxation techniques can add enormous power to other holistic healing techniques. Stress management and stress reduction techniques help you to cope with stress resulting from events live divorce, losing your job, children getting into trouble, caring for a sick relative, preparing for an exam, or just your daily commute. Common techniques for stress relief include:
- Self Hypnosis
- Changing lifestyle habits
- Positive changes in thinking
- Positive emotional responses
- Controlled Breathing
- Progressive Muscle Relaxation
You can practice easily techniques like controlled breathing exercises or yoga when you feel your stress levels soaring.
It Really Is Possible To Find Stress Relief
Juggling work and home life can mean finding a balance between the two, starting first with managing stress at work, and this is where some employers have become enlightened to the stresses of modern 24/7 life. Some employers offer in-house massage and aromatherapy during work hours for a natural holistic approach to stress relief in the workplace.
Some excellent ideas for stress relief are the following: relaxation exercises, deep breathing, yoga, weight loss, joining a sports team, and finding a relaxing hobby such as knitting or model building. Exercise is a tried and tested technique for stress relief. From doing gentle stretching exercises to keeping up in a physically demanding aerobics class, stress relief can be achieved through a wide range of exercise. Interacting with other people during exercise can provide additional stress relief.
One of the most important aspects of stress relief is to find a system that you like and stick with it. Reinforcement is key. The subconscious mind loves reinforcement and tends to get the picture when you repeatedly show it the mindset you desire. Since I mostly practice in Charlotte, NC I also recommend the local parks and places of calm. Regardless where you live, find your place of calm.
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