There are numerous emotional and physical disorders that have been linked to stress. These include over eating, insomnia, irritable bowel syndrome, depression, anxiety, heart attacks, stroke, hypertension, and immune system disturbances that increase susceptibility to coughs, colds and other infections.
You may feel like there is nothing you can do to reduce your stress levels. After all, the bills will never stop coming in, there is no way to create more hours in the day and your family may always be a hectic one. Don’t despair – you have more control over the tension in your life than you realise.
Although you can not always have control over life’s circumstances you have the ability to manage how you react and respond to them. Once you realize that you will soon find out that you DO have more control than you might think.
An important part of managing and reducing your stress stems from understanding that you are in control of your life. Learning to manage the pressures in your life is about understanding the best ways to deal with any tension causing issues.
For our top 5 tips for coping with the stress in your life, have a read of this.
Take time out each day to meditate. Sit on the floor, straighten your back and close your eyes. In your head or out loud recite a positive mantra, such as ‘I am calm’. Whilst you are reciting, try to sync your mantra with your breathing. Use this time to clear your mind, and let all negative thoughts and worries drift away.
Taking a few minutes out to meditate each morning can help to reduce tension. This is because meditating regularly may be able to change how the brain’s neural links work, making your mind more resilient to stress.
If you find that everything is getting too much, take a short break and focus on breathing deeply. Sit down, close your eyes and slowly inhale air through your nose and exhale through your mouth. Turn off your phone and close the door so that friends, colleagues or family members can’t disturb you.
Deep breathing is an effective way to reduce anxiety as it can slow down the heart rate and lower your blood pressure.
Talk to friends
If you are feeling stressed, take the time to chat with friends about it.
Talking to others about your worries is a great way to calm yourself down. By sharing what is happening in your life, you can get a new perspective of it – perhaps you are worrying unnecessarily about something. Or, perhaps your friend knows the best way to deal with your concerns.
Make time to fit regular exercise into your schedule. If strenuous activities like running and cycling aren’t for you, yoga and Pilates classes can be just as beneficial.
Any form of exercise is an excellent tool for easing anxiety, as it allows the brain to release happy chemicals that help the body deal with stress more easily. To find out more about meditational exercise like yoga or Pilates, you can visit http://www.centeredyoga.com/.
Listen to calming music
Studies have shown that listening to calming music can reduce blood pressure, lower your heart rate and reduce your anxiety.
Buy a CD or create a playlist of soothing songs or sounds. Ocean and nature sound CDs can be very calming and can even be used to help you sleep. Sit down, get comfortable and focus on the sounds in the music – listen to the melodies, instruments and singers.
Research has shown that binaural beats, a form of brain entrainment are also very helpful in brings you mind and body back to a state of stress free calming balance. If you have not taken advantage of our free binaural beats recordings then take a moment to subscribe to ZenLama.com. Simply click on the subscribe button at the top of this page. You will receive instant download instructions in your email inbox.
What do you think?
We all get stressed from time to time. How do you cope? What is your favourite, or most effective method for relaxing and finding peace. Can you offer any advice on relaxation techniques and meditation?
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