Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Anti-Stress Tips

We all suffer from stress at one time or another which is a symptom of modern living which is virtually impossible to avoid. The following tips may help you relax and reduce your stress level.

1.Eating with a friend is very relaxing – sharing conversation and food at a table makes you eat more slowly so you can unwind.

2.Exercise is very important. Regular physical activity – at least 30 minute sessions three times a week – strengthens the immune system and promotes relaxation. Low-intensity exercises, such as swimming, jogging or cycling, trigger the body to produce endorphins (natural body chemicals) which produce a sense of well-being and euphoria.

3.Treat yourself to a massage – aromatherapy, reflexology or shiatsu. Massage helps to increase energy and reduce stress.

4.Take deep breaths. Stress causes breathing to become shallow and irregular. Deep breathing increases the amount of oxygen in the blood and slows down the heart rate.

5.Learn how to meditate – this can lower raised blood pressure and help to calm you down.

6.Essential oils such as rose and lavender are relaxing, rosemary and geranium are anti depressant.

7.Set aside at least 20 minutes a day to relax. This doesn’t have to be complicated – read a book, go for a walk, listen to music or simply sit quietly.

Relieve stress with these yoga poses and rejuvenate your mind and body.

You can also assess your stress level by taking this quiz.

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