These days, stress is often the cause of lots of diseases including physical and psychological problems. Even in Western medicine, as well as Oriental medicine.
Stress is the body’s reaction to any conditions which need adjustments or response, and the reactions could be physical, mental or emotional.
It could be defined as different things to different people, and could come from your body, your thoughts or your circumstances, and even from positive factors like getting a new job. Causes of stress in you might be of little concern to your partner, family and friends and some people could deal with stress better than others.
Since stress is a part of our daily lives, everyone feels stressed sometimes and also not all stress is harmful to us. However, you wouldn’t get as distressed if you know how to manage it when negative stress holds you back, and there is a lot more you can do to deal with stress than you think.
Here are some tips to decrease stress instantly and find the one that suits you best!
1. Breathe deeeeeeeply
Most of our patients find our *Deep Breathing Exercise works very well with their stress relief.
2. Meditate. Get in the Zen mode.
Sit up straight with both feet on the floor and close your eyes. Focus your attention on reciting (out loud or silently) a positive affirmations such as “I feel at peace” or “I love myself.”
Place both hand on your belly to sync the affirmations with your breaths. Let any distracting thoughts float by like clouds.
3. Listen to the music~
Listen to music which would get you to move physically or emotionally. Sing out loud if you can (if your neighbours aren't deadly).
4. Get moving
You can try any kind of exercise including yoga, stretching exercises, walking or dancing. If the exercise is combined with some of your favourite music, it may quickly help change your mood.
5. LOL (Laugh Out Loud. Literally.)
A good laughter reduces stress hormones and increases immune cells and infection-fighting antibodies. But knowing is not always the same as doing. If you have trouble laughing out loud by yourself, use sites like Youtube or Twitter to help you find something hilarious.
6. Talk to others
Face to face is the best, or at least on the phone. Share what's going on, have a rant,. You can get a fresh perspective of the situation while keeping your connections strong.
7. Get a massage.
Getting a nice massage can do more than just alleviate physical pain. Studies show that massage may be great for relieving stress, and may also improve body image.
So what's this *Deep Breathing Exercise we are talking about? We teach it to all our patients to do everyday, and they say it's great for everything. This is how you do it!
Breathe in and out through your nose. Deep, slow and gentle breaths, imagining there is a feather under your nose that you try not to irritate.
When breathing in, focus your mind on your lower abdomen.
When breathing out, focus your mind at the soles of your feet.
Easy as 1, 2, 3!