For me, the two things that seem to work best are exercise and yoga. When I'm feeling stressed, if I can get myself to the gym or out on a run that gets my heart pumping for just 20 - 30 minutes, I almost always feel better. If I have time to take a yoga class, I find it really helpful as well since it forces you to control your breathing and calms your mind. I'm told that meditation is also very effective, though as yet, I haven't been able to get myself to stay still long enough.
The other things I do if I don't have time to work out are just to call a friend or family member and talk about what's stressing me out. Just talking about it and getting it out there I find can really help.
For me, being with someone I love and sharing with them what's challenging helps a lot. Helping others also makes me feel great and reduces stress. Nature, plants and flowers are great environments to unwind. Finally, a good workout coupled with 15 minutes in a sauna is great strategy to revive and relax.
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For me, exercise is the best form of stress relief- simple things like walking, swimming, yoga, deep breathing exercises all will help. Also if you are struggling with an issue, don't keep it to yourself, talk to someone about it (someone that you trust). Hope this helps.
I would have to say that the best forms of stress relief are:
meditation has been proven in scientific studies to switch the brain into alpha and theta brain waves. The brain is much more relaxed in these states and meditating is the equivalent of having a deep sleep.
Breathing techniques are really useful as well because you can do them sat at your desk or while doing other chores like cleaning or ironing. A simple exercise you can do now is:
1. Breathe in for a count of 4
2. Hold your breath for a count of 4
3. Breathe out for a count of 4.
4. Continue this routine for up to 5 minutes then have a break.
This technique should change your state of mind quickly and reduce your stress within minutes.
Exercise is my final stress relief technique of choice. We seem to create stress in the mind so by exercising you help to ground yourself in your body and release tension stored up in the day.
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