There are times when we are feeling stressed and just don’t have time for a full on workout. I was reading a health magazine and it mentioned one-minute stress tips It made me think about what strategies I could use to reduce stress quickly.
Here are 5 easy ways to lower your stress in under a minute
Concentrating on your breathing actually works! My husband and I recently attended a Wellness Day and we spent some time examining our breathing and our we use our breath. It can be a powerful tool in reducing your stress levels. Next time you are feeling anxious or stressed try this breathing technique:
Breathe in slowly and deeply through the nose for 3 seconds. Feel the breath go right down into your belly and your chest rise. Then exhale through the mouth with a ‘whooshing’ sound for 3 seconds. While you are breathing out think ‘RELAX’ and empty all your breath.
Repeat for a minute or two
Listen to your favourite song
Nothing reduces my stress levels than an ABBA song or any of my favourite pieces of music. Classical music can be soothing. Why not make a playlist and when you are up to ’99’ on the stress scale pop your earphones in and listen to your favourite tunes.
Keep your favourite photograph nearby
Do you have a photograph that reminds you of a happy moment in your life? Perhaps you have one of a tropical island with white sand, palm trees and calming water lapping at the shore. Daydream for a moment, clear your mind of stress and concentrate on the photo to restore calm.
Drink some herbal tea
A cup of herbal tea such as Ginseng or Chamomile will help to relieve the stress and tension.
Aromatherapy & Essential Oils
Studies have shown that certain essential oils have properties which can relieve stress. Frankinscence, lavendar, chamomile and bergamot all have calming qualities. Keep a small bottle and put a few drops onto a cotton pad or use in a diffuser to fill the air with calming perfume.