How to Get Relief from Stress

There are many ways to cope with stress, and everyone has their own system for managing stress. Some ways are better (exercise), some are unhealthy (cigarettes) and some are pleasing (listening to the ocean). Unfortunately, to achieve deep relaxation we must invest some time and effort in learning a relaxation technique.

 

relaxingRelaxation techniques for relieving stress

Stress relief techniques or relaxation methods are the most efficient and long-term approach for coping with and fighting against stress. Relaxation techniques are approaches where we elicit a relaxation response, which is the opposite of a stress response. The most known relaxation techniques are meditation, autogenic training, biofeedback, hypnosis, progressive muscle relaxation, yoga, some forms of prayer and several other approaches, all of which elicit a relaxation response.

Learning a relaxation technique takes some time and effort, but it is worth the wait because of the benefits deep relaxation holds. Stress makes us anxious and nervous, and we never feel relaxed even when we are on vacation. To break this vicious circle of stress, we must cope with it on a daily basis. However, we must first practice relaxation for a month or two to get real relief from stress, because relaxation techniques are long term solutions.

Find a course or a therapist that will guide and teach you a relaxation technique, because correct practice, motivation and persistence are crucial for success. You will have to practice two or three times per day for 10-15 minutes, but don't worry: it's fun and relaxing.

 

What are other ways of coping with stress?

How to Get Relief from Stress | How to Get Rid of StressExercise

Regular exercise is the best way to 'burn' stress as well as calories, and get instant relief. Jogging for 45 minutes is enough to make us feel vigorous and relaxed. Swimming, riding a bike, spinning classes and even fitness all do the trick too. In fact, regular exercise, a relaxation technique and the right nutrition are the keys for a healthy life. If you are out of shape try walking for half an hour every day for a month. After some time walk for an hour and with time you will be able to start jogging. (Remember this applies only if you are healthy and not overweight! Otherwise you need to get medical supervision before you start exercising.)

 

Get enough sleep

Sleeping enough is a basic prerequisite to cope with stress. If you are sleep deprived you are under stress. Getting 7-8 hours of sleep per night is a good rule of thumb. Getting enough sleep restores our bodies from the previous day and prepares us for the next. If you have trouble falling asleep, practicing a relaxation technique is the healthiest way to get a good night's sleep.

 

Drink enough water

This is simple. Enough water lowers stress levels. Drinking enough water is the easiest precaution for kee-ping stress levels low. We won't prevent stress by drinking water, but we will keep it as low as we can. You must drink at least one glass of water every hour.

In another article we present the 10 best ways to relax and get relief from stress, have a look and enjoy!