We are all busy, going from one place to the next as fast as we can. We
work hard, we play harder and consequently all this places stress on our
bodies and minds.
So what would you say if we said we could show you a few techniques to
reduce the stress you feel in life? Of course you'd shout "Show me,
show me now!". So, as promised here are 5 sure fire ways to bring
calm and tranquillity to your day.
Drinking coffee triggers your nervous system to act in the same way it would
if placed under stress. As little as 2-3 cups a day can increase blood pressure
and activate our adrenaline system thus demonstrating symptoms associated
with tension, trauma and anxiety.
Living and working in clutter increases stress. Imagine you are busy at
your desk and you're looking for a pen that will never appear. Or you're
leaving the house and you can't find your car keys. One things for sure,
very soon you'll feel pent up, stressed and under pressure. So save all
this hassle and tidy things up!
No, not Him. We aren't here to preach but can we suggest that you increase
the amount of natural sunlight you directly experience each day. Natural
sunlight - even if it's cold outside - increases the amount of well-being
chemicals released by the brain. As a result you'll feel calmer, happier
and more content all day everyday.
Being social is a great way of reducing stress - talking with friends or
going to the pub makes us feel relaxed and content. Nevertheless, we all
need a little 'me' time, a period during the day or week when we can hide
away in our personal space to think things through, contemplate ideas or
issues and reduce natural worry.
Close your eyes, clear you mind and visualise a clam, quiet place - a beach
(not crowded!), a beautiful woodland area (no killer squirrels!) or a sun
kissed field or corn. Hold this thought for 5-10 minutes. Now begin to question
how you're dealt with the topics and situations of the week.
Were you needlessly uptight when talking to your boss? Did you unnecessarily
snap back at a loved one? Whatever your concern may be, think things through
peacefully and decide how you will deal with a similar situation next time.
Trust me, this will help. Visualisation is a technique used globally by
actors, sports stars and other people working in pressurised situations.
We hope these hints and tips help. If they don't then you could always move
permanently to your quiet place!