Cheers to a Life with Less Stress!

Since 1992, the Health Resource Network has focused its efforts on raising awareness of the causes and cures of stress. Let’s celebrate this day by relaxing and pampering yourself. You deserve it!

Stress is the reason of why so many people feel tired, unhappy, and anxious. Although it is a natural response of your body, it sometimes controls you in ways you can’t stop it. Major life changes, work overload, financial problems, and relationship conflicts are some of the causes of stress. People that let stress control them can even suffer many health problems, such as heart disemeditatiase, sleep or digestive problems, depression, and obesity.

To prevent this from happening, try the following relaxation techniques suggested by the HelpGuide website:

 

Breathing Meditation

Breathe deeply from the abdomen, getting as much fresh air as possible in your lungs. To do this, you need to:

  1. Sit comfortably with your back straight. Put one hand on your chest and the other on your stomach.
  2. Breathe in through your nose. The hand on your stomach should rise. The hand on your chest should move very little.
  3. Exhale through your mouth, pushing out as much air as you can while contracting your abdominal muscles. The hand on your stomach should move in as you exhale, but your other hand should move very little.
  4. Continue to breathe in through your nose and out through your mouth. Try to inhale enough so that your lower abdomen rises and falls. Count slowly as you exhale.

 

Muscle Relaxation

  1. This two-step process allows you to systematically tense and relax different muscle groups in the body. To do this, you need to:
  1. Breathe in and out in slow, deep breaths.
  2. Shift your attention to your right foot. And slowly tense the muscles in your right foot, squeezing as tightly as you can. Hold for a count of 10 and relax your right foot.
  3. Stay in this relaxed state for a moment, breathing deeply and slowly.
  4. Shift your attention to your left foot and follow the same process.
  5. Move slowly up through your body, contracting and relaxing the muscle groups as you go.

 

Visualization Meditation

Focus your attention on objects in order to employ all or some of your senses. To do this, you can:

  1. Walk slowly around the dock and notice the colors and textures around you.
  2. See the sun setting over the water.
  3. Hear the birds singing.
  4. Smell the pine trees.
  5. Feel the cool water on your bare feet.

 

Mindfulness

We worry too much on all the pending things we have or bad memories of our past. This relaxation technique will help you become aware of the way you are feeling right now. It helps you stay calm and focused in the present moment. To do this, you need to:

  1. Choose a quiet environment where you can avoid distractions or interruptions.
  2. Get comfortable by sitting up with your spine straight, either on a chair or on the floor.
  3. Choose a point of focus. It can be either internal – repeating a motivational phrase – or external by focusing on a specific object to enhance your concentration.

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