Reduce Stress In 3 Easy Steps…
Three Things You Can Do Now To Reduce Stress
Can you relate to any of this?
…I woke up late again this morning. By the time I get out of the house and fight rush hour traffic, I’ll be 20 minutes late for the meeting I am supposed to lead…
…When you were first hired, you felt lucky to get your customer service job. But now you wonder if it’s worth it. The phones ring constantly and you hear nothing but complaints. Last week, you called in sick just to get a break…
…It’s time for your presentation. Management is here and your supervisor is hoping you make him look good. You were up all night finishing the presentation. Now you wonder if you’ve thought out all the possible questions…
Stress is a permanent feature of our lives, but it really seems to ramp up at work. More than two-thirds of workers report that workplace stress is a major problem.
This means we’re all spending way too much time in “fight or flight” mode. And it’s taking a toll on our bodies through weakened immune systems, mental illnesses, high blood pressure, and heart disease. These conditions shorten our lives and lower the quality of what we have left.
There are many ways to manage stress, but when stress blindsides us with no time to prepare, we don’t need strategy. We need quick, smart steps NOW that work fast and can be done anywhere. When stress launches it’s next attack, try doing one of these: breathe deeply, visualize mentally, relax progressively.
Breathing deeply could be the single most effective way to stay calm. Everyone breathes, but a lot of us breathe the wrong way–shallow, fast, and high in the chest, this kind of breathing only increases our anxious feelings, and it also fuels our body’s negative stress reactions.
Slow, deep breathing triggers a relaxation response, calming the body and focusing the mind. It increases the amount of oxygen in our blood, raising our performance potential.
Once you learn the technique of deep breathing, you can do it anytime
Lie down or sit up just get yourself comfortable, take a deep breath and put on some soft music in the background, keep taking slow, deep breaths until you feel very relaxed
Visualization works best when you use as many sensory details as possible, try using at least three of your senses when choosing images that appeals to you just enjoy the feeling of relaxation that takes you over as you slowly explore your peaceful place.
Wear comfortable clothing and start by holding the first group muscles tight for about 10 seconds, then release them suddenly. Please allow them to relax for about 15-20 seconds before moving on to the next muscle group. Try to keep the rest of your body relaxed as you work on each muscle group.
Keep focused on the muscles you are working on, and repeat until you have gone through all the groups of muscles stay focused and don’t strain yourself. Try not to fall asleep….
…..Try sucking in your stomach to tighten the muscles of your abdomen, hold for the count of 10 – and relax and repeat.
…… clench your fists and hold them tight for the count of 10 then release and repeat.
Enjoy the feelings as you relax!!