Discover Stress Reduction Techniques

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This Stress reduction techniques section of the site is designed to give you more information about various therapies which are known to reduce stress if practiced regularly.

With anything in life there are never any quick fixes and finding stress relief is the same.

If you really want to reduce the risks to your health from stress and its related illnesses, then practice and persistence is required.

Now this may sound all too much for you at this time, but let me assure you that these techniques are ENJOYABLE in themselves.

When you find the ones that really fit your personality and lifestyle, they will become second nature and an integral part of your life. So enjoy them, see these stress reduction techniques as fun and you will soon be reaping the benefits.

With anything in life there are never any quick fixes and finding stress relief is the same. Sometimes, squeezing a few stress balls just won’t cut it. Luckily, there are alternative stress relief techniques that can help alleviate the stressors of everyday life.

Some of these stress reduction techniques you may have heard of, others you may not have come across before. Each page is an introduction to each of them and is designed to give you a general idea of whether or not they would be suitable for you and whether or not you want to find out more about them for yourself.

I suggest exploring as many as possible and to approach each technique with an open mind. If at first you think the technique a little too far out, give it a chance and find out more. After all many of these therapies etc have been around for a long time.

Here’s where you begin your journey into stress reduction techniques, I hope you enjoy your exploration.

Some Stress Reduction Techniques

Did you love to color as a kid?  Bring that happiness back by coloring away your stress!

This method of relieving stress may sound a little odd at first but as a lot of stress is actually generated from within ourselves, it is absolutely the first place to start to tackle our anxieties.

Simply by changing the way we think about certain situations, can greatly affect how we react to possible stressful circumstances and how it negatively affects us. Learning to think more rationally and positive can take some time but is certainly something which can be easily begun straight away.

Ok, Ok stop smiling about this one, hey on seconds thoughts don’t!

The health benefits of smiling and laughing have only in recent years been fully discovered. This new area of stress relief is not only good for you but it works and it can work fast. After all don’t you feel instantly better with a smile on your face?

This is definitely one of my favorite stress reduction techniques.

Of all the stress reduction techniques listed here this one is the one that most people think of first. But what does it actually mean and how easy is it to implement into your busy lifestyles?

There are many different relaxation exercises available so finding one that can be easily incorporated in your daily life should not be too hard.

Because relaxation is something that should be incorporated into your daily lifestyle and isn't actually one individual technique, it will be covered in the coping with stress section of this site encompassing all the coping strategies which are all designed to keep your body and mind relaxed.

These exercises are particularly useful those who experience anxiety attacks as they help to calm you down in that moment of panic.

Breathing badly can also be a trigger for stress and make you feel flustered and unable to cope. So learning these breathing techniques and practicing them regularly will be beneficial not only in those moments of anxiety but also as you complete your daily tasks.

Many people have now heard of aromatherapy as it has become more popular and accessible over recent years.

Because our emotions are directly affected by stress and how much stress we experience, it can also be measured by how we generally feel. So finding a method which taps into our emotional well being is vital in reducing stress and its negative affects.

Our sense of smell does tap into those emotional channels and aromatherapy i.e. the use of aromatic oils, is a practical way to use our sense of smell for relaxation and feelings of well being.

Stress reduction techniques such as massage can be done either by someone else for you or by yourself. Massage is known as a great way to relax not just tense tired muscles but to also allow the mind to wander and let go of the day’s stresses and strains.

Find out how different massage techniques can be used in day to day life to help relax your physical body even while sitting at your office desk.

Discover different types of massage and find the one which will benefit you the most.

Biofeedback is not actually a stress reliving technique in itself but it is a way for you to monitor your stress levels and to understand if the therapies and strategies you are using are actually helping to reduce stress in your life.

It can be often difficult to monitor all the signs of stress your body may be experiencing so the biofeedback system is invaluable for this. Receiving information about how your body is reacting and responding to different situations etc, can be very reassuring and helpful and will enable you to effectively tackle your stress.

Meditation has been around for many thousands of years and is essentially a way to control the thoughts and calm both the mind and the body bringing about deep relaxation.

There are several different forms of meditation and finding the one that suits you will be essential in how effective it is in providing you with stress relief.

Autogenic relaxation is designed to allow someone to reap the benefits of a normal hypnotherapy session but without the need for a hypnotists or the time required in attending sessions.

Autogenic's is designed to provide a deep sense of relaxation all throughout the body. It is used in the treatment of some stress related illnesses such as high blood pressure and gastrointestinal problems.

EFT or emotional freedom technique sometimes referred to as tapping. It is a technique where you gently re-balance the energy systems within your body which may have become blocked and have caused stress to build up. These energies systems are the basis for many Eastern Medicine therapies and you may have heard the terms used for these energies as CHI, prana or chakras.

EFT may at first seem rather strange but you should approach it with an open mind and give it a chance. It is based on the same principles as acupuncture but without the need for needles and so is a good option for those with a needle phobia.

Nia

The Nia Technique is a mind body dance workout that will leave you feeling completely free of stress.  Take a class or workout at home and feel the happiness that comes from this great technique.

Reiki is based on ancient Tibetan practices and again is designed to re balance energy within the body.

Reiki is used to treat both physical and psychological symptoms and is mainly used as a tool for supporting and aiding positive change.

As one of the stress reduction techniques listed here it is certainly worth looking into further as I find that it also gives a great sense of whole body well being. Which can carry you through your hectic lives and give you the confidence to face every day stresses.

Hypnosis

There are many misapprehensions when it comes to hypnosis and many people are afraid of it all together. In fact hypnosis has nothing to do with allowing someone to take over the control of your mind; instead it is a method where you reach a deep level of mental relaxation which allows you to put yourself into a more positive state of mind. It is this positive and relaxed stare of mind which enables our bodies to let go of stress.

Hypnosis can be carried out be a qualified practitioner or can be carried out at home on yourself with some practice and time.

Yoga has long been associated as an affective method for stress relief. It combines medication, breathing techniques and postures to relax both body and mind together.

The main benefit of Yoga other than for stress relief is of course for exercise and fitness, in itself beneficial at reducing stress.


Discover more about these stress reduction techniques and any others which you may know of. It is important to find the ones that suit you and that you will enjoy. After all these should be techniques which you learn for life and ones that will become part of your daily routine, so the more comfortable you are with them the more effective they will be at reducing stress in your life.

Happy discovery of your perfect stress reduction techniques.


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