5 Techniques you can use to lower stress levels
The management of stress and your personal mental health is not something that can be acheived in a short period of time. However there are some techniques that can be implemented, whether at home or at work, to help you find short term relief.
1. Take 5 deep breaths in and out
2. Visualise all that stress leaving your body each time you breathe out
3. Finish with a smile. You may not feel like it but the act of smiling can have a big impact on your overall mood.
Go to the beach, the local park or even just your garden but enjoy being outside, breathing in the fresh air and clear your mind. There is no reason you can’t do this during the working day either. Why not have that zoom call whilst you are stretching your legs or make sure a portion of your lunch break is used to raise your heart rate.
The other option is yoga. The combination of physical, mental and spiritual disciplines has long been favoured by those seeking inner peace. There is an abundance of youtube channels to help you get started.
We all have our go to favourite song so sit back, close your eyes and press play. Whether it helps you swtich off or transports you to a happier place, it will be sure to lift your mood. If you need some help choosing a track then have a look at the research carried out by Beeja Meditation who analysed over 500 playlists on Spotify featuring 100,000 songs to decide which were the most popular in helping people chill out and unwind.
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Try dabbing some lavender on your wrists the next time you feel tension creeping in. Linalool which is the fragrant vapour found in lavender can reportedly quell anxiety so dab it on your wrists or your temples, put a few drops in your bath and let yourself float in tranquillity. It is believed to have similar effects to sedative drugs so this shouldn’t be that hard.
Why not try this stress relieving green smoothie made with superfoods that may naturally reduce stress and anxiety.