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8 Simple Relaxation Techniques To Help Reduce Stress In Your Busy Life

8 Simple Relaxation Techniques To Help Reduce Stress In Your Busy Life

In spite of the technological advances the modern era has brought us, people are now more stressed out than before. Therefore, the need to reduce stress in our lives is now more important than ever. We must take responsibility for overcoming the challenges caused by our own, busy lifestyles; otherwise, we may suffer from the following symptoms of stress and can impact our health and productivity:

• fatigue
• lack of Sleep
• anxiety
• lack of Motivation
• depression

Fortunately, there are a number of simple yet effective relaxation techniques that can be mastered in a few minutes, whether you do them when you wake up, after work, or during limited breaks. Here are eight examples:

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1. Undertake Light Yoga

Yoga is a diverse hobby and includes numerous poses and stretches that are designed to develop flexibility, suppleness, and mental focus. By learning a selection of poses and practicing these on a daily basis (between 15 and 20 minutes), you can actively reduce stress while maintaining clarity of thought.

2. Breathe Deeply

Deep breathing is actually a basic yoga pose, and is known to lower cortisol levels and alleviate anxiety. The key is to breathe slowly and through your nose, while maintaining your center of gravity throughout to optimize results.

3. Laugh Regularly

Laughter actually releases endorphins into the brain, which help counteract high levels of stress and the onset of fatigue. You can benefit from this by enjoying the company of friends, or watching 10 to 30 minutes of comedy on a daily basis whenever the opportunity arises.

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4. Drink Black Tea on a Daily Basis

A recent study revealed that the consumption of black tea dramatically lowers post-stress cortisol levels, while also creating a relaxed and centered mood. Simply make this your regular morning and evening drink and gradually reap the benefits.

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5. Try Guided Visualization

According to sleep expert Dr. Michael Breus (PhD), guided visualization is a technique that reduces stress by triggering a relaxation response in the muscles. Simply lie on your back or recline in a comfortable chair, before visualizing a relaxing scene that is relevant to you and focusing on this intently. Along with controlled breathing, this can block negative thoughts and force your body to release tension.

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6. Consider Self-Hypnosis

There are similar techniques that can also induce a self-hypnotic state, which utilizes meditation and the sub-conscious mind to aid stress-relief. You will need to recline in a quiet and undisturbed space while gradually training your mind to avoid common distractions and negative thoughts.

7. Indulge Your Creative Urges

When we engage the creative part of our brains, we begin to focus on something constructive. This takes our mind off intrusive thoughts and has been adapted into a form of self-help therapy. It is also proven to reduce stress-related conditions, so try to identify a vehicle for your creative passion and start a project that you can work on for a few minutes at a time.

8. Make Physical Contact with Loved Ones Whenever Possible

Not only does regular physical contact remind us that we are not alone, but it’s also something that we can use during the normal course of our day. Different types of contact also offer various benefits: Hugging is capable of reducing blood pressure, and a simple kiss is known to release chemical agents that alleviate hormonal deficiencies and lower cortisol levels.

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This also reinforces the benefit of forming positive relationships. Like our other examples, it is a simple technique that can alleviate stress and enhance the quality of your life.

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Last Updated on December 2, 2018

How to Flow Your Way to a More Productive Life

How to Flow Your Way to a More Productive Life

Ebb and flow. Contraction and expansion. Highs and lows. It’s all about the cycles of life.

The entire course of our life follows this up and down pattern of more and then less. Our days flow this way, each following a pattern of more energy, then less energy, more creativity and periods of greater focus bookended by moments of low energy when we cringe at the thought of one more meeting, one more call, one more sentence.

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The key is in understanding how to use the cycles of ebb and flow to our advantage. The ability to harness these fluctuations, understand how they affect our productivity and mood and then apply that knowledge as a tool to improve our lives is a valuable strategy that few individuals or corporations have mastered.

Here are a few simple steps to start using this strategy today:

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Review Your Past Flow

Take just a few minutes to look back at how your days and weeks have been unfolding. What time of the day are you the most focused? Do you prefer to be more social at certain times of the day? Do you have difficulty concentrating after lunch or are you energized? Are there days when you can’t seem to sit still at your desk and others when you could work on the same project for hours?

Do you see a pattern starting to emerge? Eventually you will discover a sort of map or schedule that charts your individual productivity levels during a given day or week.  That’s the first step. You’ll use this information to plan your days going forward.

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Schedule According to Your Flow Pattern

Look at the types of things you do each day…each week. What can you move around so that it’s a better fit for you? Can you suggest to your team that you schedule meetings for late morning if you can’t stand to be social first thing? Can you schedule detailed project work or highly creative tasks, like writing or designing when you are best able to focus? How about making sales calls or client meetings on days when you are the most social and leaving billing or reports until another time when you are able to close your door and do repetitive tasks.

Keep in mind that everyone is different and some things are out of our control. Do what you can. You might be surprised at just how flexible clients and managers can be when they understand that improving your productivity will result in better outcomes for them.

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Account for Big Picture Fluctuations

Look at the bigger picture. Consider what happens during different months or times during the year. Think about what is going on in the other parts of your life. When is the best time for you to take on a new project, role or responsibility? Take into account other commitments that zap your energy. Do you have a sick parent, a spouse who travels all the time or young children who demand all of your available time and energy?

We all know people who ignore all of this advice and yet seem to prosper and achieve wonderful success anyway, but they are usually the exception, not the rule. For most of us, this habitual tendency to force our bodies and our brains into patterns of working that undermine our productivity result in achieving less than desired results and adding more stress to our already overburdened lives.

Why not follow the ebb and flow of your life instead of fighting against it?

    Featured photo credit: Nathan Dumlao via unsplash.com

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