Orangeville, ON (My Corner Office) Of all the ways to relieve stress, meditation may be one of the best, but what if you don’t have the time? What if you are having trouble with your meditation? Try one of the following techniques. They don’t even require any practice.
Breathe To Relieve Stress
If you don’t feel like meditating or just don’t have the time, you can at least stop for one minute to just breathe. Just breathe deeply through your nose and let the tension drain from your muscles as much as possible. Give special attention to the tightness in your face and shoulders. Deep breathing, even for a minute, can relax you significantly.
Resolve Your Stressors
Making decisions and taking action can be one of the most immediate ways to relieve stress. Take a moment whenever you feel stressed, identify the things in your mind that are contributing to your state, and then do something about them. That’s all there is to this simple technique.
Almost. Naturally, you can’t resolve everything that is bothering you. Still, what you can do is take some action. Indecisiveness, waiting, wondering and worrying cause stress. Even if you just make a list of what you need to do, your mind will often let these things go. Start a list, talk to someone, decide – just let the stressor go.
Do Things You Enjoy
On Friday nights, when I play chess, I don’t think about anything else for four hours. When you are totally engaged in an activity, there isn’t room for stressful thoughts. Fully engaged, though, usually means that it’s something we enjoy doing.
While physical activity has some advantages, you can try doing anything that you can put your whole mind into. Read a good book, cook, or play with the dog. Notice which activities really engage you and let you drop your worries and keep that mental list handy for moments of stress. When your passionate activity is also your job or business, this can be one of the best ways to relieve stress.