Fortunately, for as many causes of stress as there are, there are just as many ways to relieve stress. Here are some simple stress relievers that have proven useful for many people.
Mindfulness. Mindfulness is a practiced way of thinking in which you consciously focus on the present moment and try to accept its positive and negative aspects without obsessing over how to change the latter, and without becoming distracted by your worries about the future or your regrets about the past.
Deep breathing. With deep breathing, the act of expelling is both literal (breath) and metaphorical (tension). One common deep-breathing technique is to close your eyes, be still, slowly inhale to the count of four, then exhale equally slowly to the count of eight, and repeat several times. Sometimes deep breathing is accompanied by the meditative strategy of picturing yourself in a quiet, relaxing environment, such as a lakeshore or empty beach at sunset.
Yoga. Mindfulness and deep breathing are at the heart of relaxation-based yoga, but the practice combines these techniques with gentle stretching that strengthens and releases tension from the muscles. Some people swear by their daily yoga (or, others, by their tai chi) regimen as a means of managing their stress and helping them to stay mentally grounded and emotionally balanced when faced with particularly stressful situations.
Massage therapy. Getting a massage is generally a relaxing and/or tension-relieving experience, and some massage techniques are even specifically targeted at stress relief. To get the most personalized health benefits from your massage sessions and to minimize the risk of injury, be sure to see a certified and registered massage therapist.
Writing. Keeping a private journal in which you can openly express your thoughts and feelings can relieve an enormous amount of stress ? you might feel a strong sense of release, as though you are emptying your stress onto the page.
Sharing. Talking with a trusted friend of family memberabout the stress you're feeling can make its load feel lighter.
Aerobic exercise. A run, bike ride or brisk walk is a good way to take your mind off your stress and, perhaps more importantly, releases endorphins.
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