Monday morning as I drive to work, I can see people rushing with tense faces. Threatening deadlines, pending workload and missed work can increase stress and have a negative impact on health. Whenever I come across a colleague who is stressed I just tell him to relax. Firstly, everyone deserves to relax, and it takes very less time. When you relax, it gives you great benefits. Yes, to chill out, you need not resort to any long drawn out methods or spend a week in a tropical island. Trust me it takes only a few minutes to make yourselves relax, and be your true self. Here are some ways by which you can do this.
You can practice mediation for a few minutes daily. It reduces anxiety largely. Studies on the effect of meditation on human brain reveal that it can alter the neural pathways of brain making you resilient to stressful situations. What you need to do is very simple.
Sit straight and keep both feet touching the ground. With eyes closed, focus your mind on positive thoughts. It can be anything such as ‘I’m peaceful’ or ‘I’m strong and healthy’. You can do it silently or recite the words loudly. Synchronize the words with your breathing. Allow distracting thoughts to drift away like clouds.
Yes, breathing helps in keeping out stress. It is common practice to take a deep breath and count until ten, whenever you are too angry or stressed out about something. It helps you to calm down and take the right perspective of a situation. Similarly, a five-minute breathing session can get you to relax effectively. Sit straight and with eyes closed keep a hand on your stomach. Inhale slowly through the nose. Feel the breath travel from your abdomen and move to your head. Now reverse the technique and exhale through mouth.
Deep breathing lowers heart rate and the blood pressure. So it keeps you from being affected by stress.