How To Relieve Stress

What are the best 3 ways of relieving stress?

How to relieve stress

The following article gives you three ways about how to relieve stress. Stress can have a big impact on your life if it is not dealt with. The side effects of stress can be anything from being unable to sleep to having really tight and sore shoulders.

The more time that goes by without stress being dealt with, the more the greater the health risks. Heart disease, strokes and high blood pressure are all serious conditions which are starting to be linked with stress.

What most people do not realize is that there is something that can be done to gain stress relief.

So what are 3 things you can do now to help your stress levels? What are 3 things that you need in your life if you want to reduce the impact stress is having on your body?

How to Relieve Stress

1. Meditation

Meditation is the cornerstone of any stress management program. Not only does meditation help to calm the mind but it also helps to relax the body. If you want to learn how to relieve stress quickly then meditation is a good place to start.

The benefits of meditation go much deeper than that and much research has been done over the years into how powerful meditation is. Meditation helps to improve sleep, improve concentration, and for general well-being.

I have personally been meditating now for 13 years and spent 3 of those years as a novice Buddhist monk. I have literally seen thousands of people who have benefited from meditation.

In my own life I went from being a stressed out London worker to being a relaxed London City worker over a period of a few weeks. How? Yes, through meditation.

How do you meditate?

A. Meditation CDs

Meditation CDs are a really great way of learning meditation. By putting a guided meditation on your MP3 player, finding a quiet spot and listening to it regularly is a great way of learning to how to meditate.

I personally listen to meditations on my MP3 player on a regular basis and find that it really helps to relax and unwind me. I put guided meditations on just before sleep and this is a great way of having a deep and nourishing night's sleep.

I would recommend 2 products on the market if you want to learn how to meditate. One is Brainsync whose meditations combine brainwave frequencies to help to induce the mind into a really relaxed state. You can purchase the CDs from their website or download them onto your computer. If you have stress then this is a good way of starting to reclaim your life.

B. Holosync Meditation CDs

The second product is a set of CDs which helps you to meditate. Produced by Centerpoint Research Institute, which are the leading edge in research into meditation and meditation products.

This 3 CD set teaches you how to meditate and then gives you guided meditations to follow along with.

What makes these CDs so special is that they help you to enter into an alpha brainwave state which is the same state the brain goes into while sleeping.

This helps you to achieve a really relaxed and calm state of mind.

I have personally been using Centerpointe and Holosync now since 2009 and have found the CDs to be invaluable. Great for meditation but also for working as well (there are certain tracks to help you to study - and others to help you be more creative).

If you are looking for a way for how to relieve stress then I recommend Holosync's Awakening Prologue. Well recommended.

2. Exercise

The second tool I would recommend for how to relieve stress quickly is exercise.

Exercise is a wonderful way of releasing stress easily. Exercise helps you to ground into the body, meaning that the thoughts which were stressing you out become less important. It also helps you to gain clarity in your thoughts - you see what is important and can be let go of.

There are several different types of exercise I recommend. Yoga, tai chi, qigong and walking are all exercises that I not only recommend but also practice every week.

When I feel pressure in my life these exercises are all ones that I will use. And within 10 or 20 minutes I am feeling clear, relaxed and calm.

One of the best ways I have found of exercising is to be motivated by someone else. And what I have found works really well is listening to music or having someone coach you.

I have had many coaches in my life but always found it much harder to motivate myself when my coach wasn't breathing down my neck.

But with the advent of MP3s this has helped to motivate me when I am not being coached personally.

Having someone else guide you is invaluable - how many successful sports teams don't have coaches? Exactly! One way I have found of being coached long distance is by using MP3 downloads.

Brainsync's running meditation, personal fitness trainer and their walking meditation MP3 come well recommended. If you can't find yourself a coach or need some extra motivation this could be the push you need to step off the stress treadmill onto an actual treadmill!

Some of the benefits of using MP3s can be to:

* Increase energy and motivation

* Boost Beta-endorphin production

* Burn fat

* Look forward to exercise

3. Breathing Techniques

Breathing techniques are the third way of how to relieve stress. You can use them while at work, sat in front of a computer or commuting. They are very simple to use and can be learned in a short space of time.

Breathing is something that you can start to do now.

1. Place your hand on your stomach.

2. Breathe in and try to feel your stomach moving out.

3. Hold your breathe and keep your attention on your stomach.

4. Breathe out and allow your stomach to deflate and relax.

5. Keep this rhythm going for as long as it takes to de-stress.

I love using breathing techniques. I have been using breathing techniques now for about 10 years. The way I see them is that they are like the mortar which holds together the bricks of meditation and exercise. When you have all three together you have a sturdy stress management building.

It is not possible to meditate and exercise all the time but it is possible to do breathing techniques in most situations. For more information about this please visit my pages about breathing.

So you now know how to relieve stress in your life. Congratulations! This is the first step - finding out what tools are available. The second step is trying them out.

Do they work for you? Only by trying them out and sticking with them for a few weeks will you know if they work for you. If you feel stress now what will be the consequences of not taking action - in 5 years, in 10 years? The health risks are there, but the solutions are too.

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