5 Ways to De-Stress

5 Ways to De-Stress

Do your heart a favor and relax your stress away.  Centering yourself through relaxation is a key element in managing stress and building a greater quality of life.

5 Ways to relax your body and beat stress. 

1. Deep breathing– Repeat ten times any time you feel tense. While sitting, standing or lying down, close your eyes and inhale deeply. Exhale slowly over a count of 5–10 seconds.

2. Stretching – Simple stretches, such as the “neck stretch”, can help relieve physical tension. Starting on one side, gently roll your head in a half circle, and then drop your chin to your chest. Repeat in reverse.

3. Exercise – Physical activity helps reduce both physical and emotional stress. Walk, run, jump, bike, bowl, do yoga- whenever you can.

4. Get a massage – A massage is a wonderful way to get rid of physical tension. A professional massage generally takes 30 minutes to an hour and can target specific areas of tension, such as the lower back or the neck.

5. Eat well – A well-balanced diet will help reduce overall stress. Reduce your alcohol and caffeine intake. Caffeine is found in foods and drinks such as coffee, black tea, soft drinks and chocolate.

6 Ways to relax your mind:

1. Talk – Take the time to talk with a friend and express feelings you might have been holding in.

2. Walk- Walking in a quiet neighborhood or a park can limit distractions.

3. Laugh – Go to a comedy club, watch a funny movie or spend time with a friend who makes you laugh.

4. Read – A good book can be a great escape. Reading both tearjerkers and comedies can help release pent-up emotions.

5. Meditate – Take a moment to connect with the Lord, with nature or even with yourself.

6. Do something you love – When you enjoy yourself, whether it’s gardening, dancing, going to church or seeing friends, you relieve physical stress and relax your emotions.


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