5 Best Relaxation Techniques to Relieve Stress Quickly
There will always be a need for relaxation techniques to relieve stress. Because let’s face it… anyone in the world can and will experience stress, whether it’s physical or mental stress. From little furry kittens and rabbits to big muscular men – no living thing is immune to stress.
Because of this, most of us have accepted stress as an everyday thing. We pay very little attention to it and just power through the day. But is that really the best approach?
While stress is healthy in small doses, reinforcing your body’s and mind’s will to live, excessive stress will have the opposite effect. This can lead to a negative effect on your mental and physical health, causing anxiety, depression, and even making you more susceptible to illnesses such as the common cold or flu.
Everyone wants to maintain good health, but in most cases, we focus on treating the symptoms and not the actual cause – stress. It should always start with learning how to manage stress in life.
But how do we overcome stress? What’s the correct approach or method? Well, it depends from person to person. Age, gender, job, and various other factors.
There isn’t one universal method for coping with stress. Luckily enough, there are many approaches to choose from, created and practiced by people over the course of history.
The fact these stress relief tips are still around goes to show that they are, in fact, effective. That being said, here are some of the best stress relief techniques.
#1 USE MEDITATION TO REDUCE STRESS
Whenever most of us hear the word “meditation” we instantly think it’s something that:
- takes a lot of time to do,
- is really boring,
- can only be done while sitting down cross-legged,
- does very little, so it’s not worth the time,
- is a way bald men in orange pajamas like to spend their free time.
The answer to all of these points is – it doesn’t have to be.
For starters, meditation is something that you can do anywhere, anytime, and however long you want to. Laying down in your bed, standing in front of a red light at an intersection, and even while sitting down on a bus. As long as you have minutes or even seconds to spare.
But wait, how is that possible, you ask?
Simply put – meditation isn’t constrictive. While there are methods and ways to do it, there are no strict rules for it – you can do it however you want.
The main point is to actually do it and not just think about doing it. To help you get started, you can do this very simple meditation technique called “breathing.”
I’m serious, breathing exercises and techniques are the easiest ways to get into meditation. You don’t need to take a pose of a one-legged praying mantis reaching for a jar of pickles at the top shelf of the fridge. You can simply position your body any way you want, as long as you can breathe.
Even so, you might be thinking: “But that’s something I do anyway, how does it help me?” The tricky part is what you do next.
While many meditation practitioners would tell you something like “clear your mind” and “become one with the universe.” First of all, this isn’t helpful to beginners and second, it’s confusing since statements like that are way too open for interpretation.
You don’t need to clear your mind, because that’s impossible. We’re people, not rocks, after all. We think, therefore we are. So what do we do? We divert our attention.
Simply focus entirely on your breathing. Focus on your chest and your belly. The way your muscles and lungs expand and shrink as you breathe.
It takes a bit of practice and some unrelated thoughts will sometimes pop up, like an annoying ad. But with time, you’ll learn to ignore them and focus entirely on your breathing.
Just doing this simple act of breathing is meditation. And the more you meditate, the more you’ll reduce your stress levels.
But not only that, meditation is also one of the best ways to reduce anxiety attacks. It’s amazing how such a simple thing can have so many benefits.
You can also check our video on meditation here:
But if meditation isn’t your thing, let’s continue on with the other stress reduction techniques…
#2 KEEP YOUR SURROUNDINGS TIDY
Throughout our lives, there are many tasks and problems we must deal with. Some are easy, some are hard, some are quick to do, and some take ages. The one thing all of them have in common is – if left unresolved, they pile on stress.
One such task is cleaning your room and/or workplace. Cleanliness, of course, varies from person to person. But we as intelligent creatures take preference to order over chaos. So when you see a dirty room, for example, it’s both a symptom and cause for mental stress.
It’s simply a thing that’s deeply ingrained in our DNA since ancient times. So even if we choose to ignore a mess consciously, our subconscious still picks up on it.
This, in turn, eats away at your subconscious, especially if you’re doing a task that’s more important at that time. Stress gradually piles up, making your mood go sour and reducing your work efficiency. Even though the stack of papers isn’t even harming you in any way?!
The solution? You’ve guessed it – time to clean up! And this action of cleaning up or restoring order is known as “mental hygiene” in psychology.
One important thing to keep in mind is to not overdo it. Some of us have the tendency to go overboard with it.
One moment you’re sorting that stack of papers and then you suddenly find yourself scrubbing windows or carving off prehistoric mold from under the kitchen sink.
If you try to do too much all at once, it will just tire you out. This also leads to you not wanting to do it again. A new mess forms over time and we’re back to where we started.
Just try to keep it simple. A few minutes at a time in a small area around you. Form it like the habit of brushing your teeth. Create that safe space that keeps you at peace.
That being said, let’s proceed with some more stress management tips and techniques…
#3 LISTEN TO YOUR BODY’S NEEDS
If you want know how to reduce stress naturally, listening to your body’s needs is the most effective trick.
Your body is the one companion you’ll have your entire life. Even though we know it’s a good idea to take care of it, sometimes we choose to neglect its cries for help.
While self-discipline and perseverance can be useful at the right times, in situations like this it can contribute to your downfall.
For example, how often do you keep working even though you’re tired? Don’t eat even though you’re hungry? Stay awake even though you’re sleepy?
Every time you overpower your body with your mind, the body switches from “living” to “surviving.” This creates a stress response, urging us to eat, sleep, or whatever we need at that moment.
Ignore the urges for too long and it becomes unbearable, gradually chipping away at our minds. You’ve probably heard the saying “a healthy mind resides in a healthy body.”
No matter how you flip, if either the body or the mind is in poor health, the other goes along with it. So if your body is stressed, your mind will succumb to it as well.
So how do you avoid it? Yep, you’re right – by listening to your body’s needs. It’s very easy to do and makes life that much easier
Sleep if you want to, eat if you want to, take a walk if you want to, and use the bathroom if you need to! The Netflix TV Show you’re watching won’t go anywhere!
The key here is that it’s not an excuse to be lazy or whatever. It’s making sure your body isn’t running on fumes. Keep it up and that’s one less thing to stress about!
With the body taken care of, onto the mind next…
#4 DO SOMETHING FUN (AKA STRESS RELIEF ACTIVITIES)
Chances are, you aren’t living your dream lifestyle yet. Neither was I at one point. This meant waking up early in the morning, going to work, getting home, being too tired to do anything, eating somewhere in between, and going to sleep. Rinse and repeat.
Sometimes I would get stuck in this daily routine so badly, I almost started believing my only purpose was to work. It was like nothing else even existed!
Those were probably some of the most depressing days of my life. The mental fatigue and stress were like nothing else.
So to get out of that, I had to put in a conscious effort in trying to do things I enjoyed in the past. Like playing the guitar.
This helped me to remember the joy of life again. I realized I didn’t want this kind of lifestyle.
Eventually, I quit my job to pursue my dreams, and never looked back. Some 6 years later, here I am writing a blog. I write books, I help other people realize their dreams, and most importantly I enjoy life — I have fun.
I’m not saying you should quit your job and pursue your dreams without planning for it. All I’m saying is – each day, for an hour or two, live the way you want to live.
Read a book, draw a picture, sing a song, watch a movie, play a game, or talk to your friends. In short — have fun or pursue your hobbies.
There’s only one life, so make sure each day is as fulfilling as possible. Don’t let regret pile on with each day, because that’s a straight path into the pit of despair.
And one of my favorite ways to deal with stress is…
#5 PLAN YOUR LIFE
From the moment we’re born until we die, our lives are filled with uncertainty, doubts, worry, and anxiety. Basically, the key ingredients to stress.
Don’t worry, there are still countless reasons to continue living your life! I’m simply highlighting the aspects that tend to hold us back — that make life seem bleak at times.
So what causes these negative emotions?
Look at it this way. Life is like a river. You drift along, getting carried by the current. If you lack the strength to stay afloat, you’ll get pulled under and drown.
When the river forks, most of us go where the current takes us – we go with the flow, but it’s not always where we want to go.
This might make it seem like you have no control over your life in the long term, causing you to feel powerless, helpless, and regretful.
But is that really the only way?
What if you had a raft? You could not only stay afloat much easier, but you could also take the river forks you want.
I’m not talking about a literal raft, of course, but something that works to a similar effect in life. What’s that you ask? A plan or an outline of your life.
You don’t need to have each day for the next 10 years planned out in detail, that would be overkill. What you simply need is a clear short-term life goal and a long-term life goal.
The former shall be an oar, and the latter shall be your raft. Be the captain and not a castaway. Take charge of your life!
Not only will it make you sleep better, it will also help you feel happier in general, be more confident, productive, and more resistant to stress as a result.
This is the reason you get asked “Where do you see yourself in 5 years?” at job interviews. It’s simply to determine your mental state.
Who would you hire – someone who’s trying to not drown or someone who’s boldly captaining a raft?
In short, planning your life is the most effective way to remove stress and anxiety.
SO WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR?
I hope you enjoyed this short stress relief guide. But if you’ve made it here, chances are you still haven’t tried any of these 5 relaxation techniques. Stress isn’t gonna reduce by itself, so stop reading and get to it! You’ll notice the effects very quickly, I promise!
That being said, what are your favorite ways to release stress? Let us know in the comments below, so anyone reading can reap the benefits from your advice!
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That’s all from me folks, stay tuned for the next post, and keep using those relaxation techniques!
See you next time!