5 Easy tips to relieve stress

Stress is often a silent killer! Before you know it that minor inconvenience becomes the straw that breaks the camels back and you have a breakdown. Luckily however there are a number of methods one can employ to manage unwanted stress when you feel it knocking on your door. With that said, here are 5 simple tips to help manage your stress levels!

5. Breathe deeply

  • ›5 minutes of Deep breathing is proven to slow your heart rate and lower your blood pressure
  • ›Simply sit up straight, close your eyes, put your hand on your belly and inhale slowly through your nose.
  • ›Feel the air move into your abdomen and then up to your head.
  • ›Reverse the process by exhaling through your mouth

4. Reach out and talk

  • ›Especially for us stress heads it pays to reach out to close friends or relatives and just have a chat.
  • ›If you are feeling stressed or overwhelmed a friend will be able to ground you and help put your issues in perspective.
  • ›If things are too tough there is always the option of speaking to your GP or check for local services such as “life line” or similar that can also help get you through stressful times.

3. Meditation

  • ›Medical research has suggested that meditation may alter the brains neural pathways and help with stress.
  • ›There are many meditation techniques around but to start with one can try reciting a positive mantra such as “I’m ok and the world’s ok” or “I feel at peace” whilst having both feet grounded and your eyes closed.
  • ›If you can combine this with your breathing exercises even better!

2. Have a good laugh

  • ›A hearty laugh reduces cortisol in the body which is the hormone that causes stress.
  • ›A good laugh will also increase your endorphin production in your brain which will make you feel good.
  • ›Take some time to watch a funny tv show, read a comic or even talk to a friend that makes you laugh and before you know it you will be less stressed

1. Get some exercise

  • ›You don’t have to become a marathon runner or hit the gym every day, but us human’s are definitely not built to sit around all day.
  • ›Taking a slow paced stroll in the park or even doing some sit ups or Yoga at the start of the day can ease depression and anxiety by boosting your brains feel good chemicals.