Quick Ways to Relax and Relieve Stress
When you become stressed, you tend to get less sleep, feel cranky and your blood pressure escalates. You may even develop ulcers and suffer a weakened immune system if it is a prolonged period of stress. To help deal with the strain, use these three quick ways to relax:
Take a Mini Break for Your Eyes
When you are looking at the computer or reading for a long time, your eyes can become tired. Give them a small break to relieve them, so you can return to your task refreshed.
In addition to taking a break, use this exercise. Rub the palms of your hands together to generate warmth between them. Cup them softly and hold them to your closed eyes. Leave them there about ten seconds, focusing on the warmth and taking slow breaths. When you remove your hands, open your eyes and enjoy the fresh feeling.
Stretch to Relax
Relax your body with stretches. There are many variations. If you are typing at the computer a lot, do wrist stretches. Put your hands together as though praying and gently press together your palms. This stretch relieves any tightness in your wrists.
Another stretch is a standing one. Raise your arms over your head and reach toward the ceiling (or the sky, if you are outdoors). Then let your arms fall to your side. Then stretch your arms over your head and arch your back, just a little bit. You are relieving tension in your arms, neck and shoulders.
Deep Breathing Exercises
Taking deep breaths is a great way to center yourself and relax. Close your eyes as you breathe in, with your mouth closed, inhaling using your nose. Then breathe out, pushing out your abdomen and opening your mouth.
Do these breathing exercises in a quiet room where you can focus on your body. Empty your mind of its racing thoughts, focusing solely on your breathing instead. Do ten full breaths in one sitting.
Follow these tips to help you relax when you are feeling stressed. Use one or a combination of them to find your restful state once again.
What do you do to relax? Let us know in the comments below.