One-Minute Strategies For Combatting Stress
When it comes to combating stress in our lives, we’re often told to slow down and take life at a more measured pace. While this is admittedly good advice, it often isn’t realistic given the breakneck pace at which most of us pursue our goals. Stress is a serious health risk to those who live with it every day, so its vital to have techniques to help you manage it, but many of the techniques for doing so take a significant amount of time. If you don’t have time for a fifteen-minute meditation to help soothe your stress and anxiety, try these one-minute stress strategies.
This technique uses tensing of the muscles to help tackle stress. Tensing a muscle and then releasing it can result in a more relaxed muscle, and can also help wash some of that stress out of your system.
- Focus on the individual areas of your body, tensing the muscles there one area at a time, and then release after a minute.
- Hold your breath for about 5 seconds, and then let the whole breath go at once. Don’t breath out, PUSH out.
- Clench your arms, buttocks, shoulders, jaws, calves, and thighs, and finish up by clenching your eyelids, releasing each one after a few seconds.
Controlled breathing has been a stress relief technique throughout the world, and has been used for everything from cleansing the body to focusing the mind. It fits the quick and easy guidelines perfectly, and has been proven to be effective.
- Tense breathing tends to focus on the upper chest. Taking deep, cleansing breaths can help manage stress.
- Take a deep breath, expanding your abdomen throughout, and then hold it for 3 seconds.
- Breath it all out at once, with a sigh if you’d like.
- Stretch your jaw and shoulders as you’re breathing out and thinking calm thoughts.
Stress on the body can be caused by a busy, stress-filled mind. Calming our thoughts and focusing our minds can help us accomplish the dual goal of a peaceful mind and peaceful body. Follow this trick to help break a pattern of stressful thoughts.
- Close your eyes, breath in, and focus your thoughts on the tip of your nose.
- Breathe in deeply, and pay attention to the feeling of the air coming in.
- Breathe out, and follow the path of the air with your mind.
- Continue for a minute and feel the stress leave your body.
Controlling stress is just one factor of what helps us remain relaxed and healthy throughout our lives, and a little mindfulness has never hurt. If you’re living in the Newport Beach CA area and are looking for ways to control stress, and refresh your mind, body, and spirit, give Dr. Ashley Hall a call at Thrive Rejuvenation today. She works with patients in her community to help them embrace life fully while living their best life through stress reduction and full body maintenance.