know that stress and in particular chronic stress is detrimental to
our health. Stress weakens the immune system which makes you
susceptible to illness and disease. Despite our best intentions, we
often put off relaxation until “more important” obligations are
completed. Unfortunately these so -called important obligations can
take days, weeks, months. And these months can turn into years. Why
do we not accept that taking care of ourselves is important? Taking
care of your own needs is the best way to ensure your ability to be
fully there for others.
"Take a rest; a field that has rested gives a bountiful crop"- Ovid
though it seems impossible to take a break and pause from life’s
many activities, that’s no excuse for giving stress the winning
hand! The time to relax is when you don't think you have the time for
it. The recommendations below are easy ways to handle immediate
stress. Although, if done frequently, they can begin to help you
handle stress better.
to Relax, Refresh and Recharge
- As a yoga teacher, I know how important stretch is to your body.
Your body accumulates tension in areas like the neck and upper and
lower back, which can turn into real and long-lasting pain. If you
sit at a desk daily, you should stretch at least once every 45
minutes to an hour, That tension you carry will take much longer to
soften and dissolve if you do not stretch.. Get up and take a short
break, with a few easy stretches or take a brief walk outside. This
seemingly simple act will increase circulation, decrease tension
which promotes relaxation.
techniques are an excellent way to increase energy and alertness
which also soothes the nervous system. You can easily search
breathing techniques that work for your life. I use yoga techniques
for breath work. Two of the most popular breathing techniques are
taught by Deepak Chopra and Dr. Andrew Weil. .
a Cup of Tea-
Drinking a warm cup tea just feels soothing. The Japanese have a
very inspiring and entertaining tea ceremony devoted to tea! A warm
and delicious cup of tea with its many health benefits is the
perfect way to step back from a hectic day . Select your favorite tea
(I recommend herbal, white, or green), With boiled water (filtered or
better use alkaline water), brew the tea for a couple minutes. If you
like, add a bit of lemon, honey, and a milk substitute like coconut,
almond or rice milk. Sit back and close your eyes and enjoy this
simple experience for a moment before continuing on with your busy
day. A warm cup of tea is also great for winding down your evening at
Think Happy Thoughts-.
I used to have a little sign that said, “Smile, it is a cheap face
lift” . It could just as well said, : “Smile it is a life
lift”. Do you notice how thinking about your last vacation or even
the last time you stayed in and had a weekend just for yourself makes
you feel instantly relaxed? That’s because smiling and visualizing
happy thoughts cause a release of endorphins (neurotransmitters that
produce a feeling of well-being).
Endorphins are natural stress relievers. Whenever you feel tense,
just close your eyes, think of a favorite place or a happy time and
with Essential Oils-
been used for a long time to improve mood and boost health. Essential
oils come in small bottles which are easy to carry with you or leave
in your workspace. Some of the best scents for stress-relief are
basil, chamomile, tangerine, marjoram geranium lavender, and
metalanguage. Take a long deep breath of the oil that most appeals
to you, or dab a little on your temples for a longer-lasting
sensation. When using essential oils it is recommended to dilute
them. In a common carrier like grape-seed oil.
effective form of stress relief is through meditation. Meditation
a collection of skillful methods to work with the mind. If we
understand and apply these methods, you can unfold or unlock if you
will, the ability which we all have to experience inner peace,
compassion and higher levels of wisdom.
I will cover meditation in a later. It deserves its own post.
is who you think you should be. Relaxation is who you are.” -