by Harriet Bond
(San Francisco, CA, USA)
Stress and anxiety are common ailments given the pressures of modem daily life. Simple relaxation techniques to reduce your anxiety and stress levels include massage, meditation, music, deep breathing, exercise, and progressive muscle relaxation.
Massage your body with sweet-smelling herbal oil especially lavender or rosewater. These scents relax your mind and soothe your frayed nerves. Using essential oils can evoke calming responses in your brain and you will feel at peace. Massage will help to relax your body and your muscles You can add few drops of lavender oil to your bathing water for added relaxation before you enjoy a body massage.
There are different kinds of meditation. You can do it for five minutes or half an hour. It depends on your ability to focus and concentrate on something specific without allowing your thoughts to drift away. The amplest form of meditation to do at home is to focus deeply on a angle object, thought, or image in your mind keeping your eyes closed. Concentrate all your energies on that single object. You will be able to ward off any other disturbing thoughts, images, or emotions from your mind.
Listen to soothing music to relax your mind. Music has a very calming and soothing effect. Soulful strains of instrumental or vocal music elate you. Your stress vanishes and you feel refreshed, happy, and positive. Music therapy is a much acclaimed relaxation technique. You can purchase CDs that are specifically designed to lower stress levels Music is a very inexpensive and excellent way to unwind
4. Deep Breathing
Stress and anxiety affect your breathing patterns excessively. Practice deep breathing exercises to calm your nerves. Sit in a comfortable position. Close your eyes an inhale deeply concentrating on peaceful and positive thoughts. Next, exhale deeply as if throwing out all negativity from your body. Continue doing this for five minutes. Open your eyes and you will feel very refreshed. Practice this few times every day and you will find relief from disturbing thoughts Deep breathing controls major body functions like blood pressure, heart rate, and your metabolism.
Exercise promotes your physical health and boosts your mental abilities Exercising regularly is an effective technique to reduce stress levels, depression, and anxiety. Exercise releases certain feel-good endorphins in your brain, so you will feel confident, happy, and optimistic after an exercise session. You are able to handle difficult situations much better. Simple exercises such as walking, jogging, or aerobic exercises make all the difference by improving your blood circulation.
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