7 Healthy Ways to Reduce Stress
Learning to be aware of and actively reduce your stress is an important part of wellness. Here's 7 healthy ways to reduce stress, and 6 of them are free!
There are many free meditations available on YouTube. Here are a few of my favorites:
Getting Into the Flow (Alignment & Letting Go of Resistance): https://youtu.be/4OR3JhdiSvo
The Honest Guys 5 minute Calming Meditation: https://youtu.be/i50ZAs7v9es
You may also enjoy this curated playlist of meditations that I use myself: http://bit.ly/2uLZriZ
Aromatherapy is a nice tool for stress relief because it has few known side effects. Preliminary research shows that aromatherapy can alter brain waves and behavior. Aromatherapy can reduce the perception of stress, increase contentment, and decrease levels of cortisol, the “stress hormone.” Different aromatherapy scents bring different effects in people.
Essential Oils can be used passively; you can fill a room with scent in a diffuser, use a roll-on personal topical diffusion, or in aromatherapy jewelry. They can be easily combined with other stress relievers (like massage or meditation, for example), for increased stress relief
I use Simply Earth Essential Oils. Their products are comparable quality to well known brands at a fraction of the cost. When you shop Simply Earth, 13% of our profits go to help fight human trafficking, to help people whose beauty has been abused.
We carry these products in the office if you would like to sample some blends. We also have the ability to custom blend essential oils & roller bottles for your personalized wellness.
3. Enjoy Nature
Being in nature, or even viewing scenes of nature, reduces anger, fear, and stress and increases pleasant feelings. Exposure to nature not only makes you feel better emotionally, it contributes to your physical wellbeing, reducing blood pressure, heart rate, muscle tension, and the production of stress hormones. It may even reduce mortality, according to scientists such as public health researchers Stamatakis and Mitchell. Research done in hospitals, offices, and schools has found that even a simple plant in a room can have a significant impact on stress and anxiety.
In addition, nature helps us cope with pain. Because we are genetically programmed to find trees, plants, water, and other nature elements engrossing, we are absorbed by nature scenes and distracted from our pain and discomfort.
Easy Ways to Enjoy Nature:
Parks: Even just sitting in the park, taking in the sights and sounds of nature
Walking/Hiking Paths: Getting active in nature reduces your overall stress. Providing your body with fresh oxygen and getting your blood pumping is sure to have a positive effect.
Video: If you can't get outside, even just viewing nature in video can be relaxing. Visit Youtube for Nature Relaxing Videos such as these: https://www.youtube.com/user/dhuting
Music can have a profound effect on both the emotions and the body. Faster music can make you feel more alert and concentrate better. Upbeat music can make you feel more optimistic and positive about life. A slower tempo can quiet your mind and relax your muscles, making you feel soothed while releasing the stress of the day. Music is effective for relaxation and stress management.
So what type of music reduces stress the best? A bit surprising is that Native American, Celtic, Indian stringed-instruments, drums, and flutes are very effective at relaxing the mind even when played moderately loud. Sounds of rain, thunder, and nature sounds may also be relaxing particularly when mixed with other music, such as light jazz, classical (the "largo" movement), and easy listening music.
Since with music we are rarely told the beats per minute, how do you choose the relaxation music that is best for you? The answer partly rests with you: You must first like the music being played, and then it must relax you. You could start by simply exploring the music on this web page. Some may relax you, some may not. Forcing yourself to listen to relaxation music that irritates you can create tension, not reduce it.
It is important to remember that quieting your mind does not mean you will automatically feel sleepy. It means your brain and body are relaxed, and with your new calm self, you can then function at your best in many activities.
Here's a relaxing music station on YouTube for you try: https://www.youtube.com/user/YourRelaxMusic1
By learning how to deep breathe properly, you will help to lower stress levels. Breathing exercies can be practiced at home or in the office, and take only a few minutes each day. While there are many types of breathing exercises to try, Belly Breathing is the most basic of the breathing methods we have at our disposal, and therefore is the one you should master first.