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30 Ways To Reduce Stress! (Quick, Simple, Easy Little Tricks)

One of the greatest threats to optimal surviving and thriving is that mad killer, stress.

We’ve chosen 30 of the most powerful (and super quick) little tricks to reduce stress, improve your mod and help prolong your life. These little gems are super easy, fastand simple to do.

Note: Scroll to the bottom of this article are 2 more special relaxation videos – rain and forest. Also, a video with a few more tips from BBC.

Being overly anxious is not just a mental hazard; it’s also poses physical health risk. With long term, unrelenting anxiety, the immune system can weaken and illness can overtake you more easily. Thanks to Reader’s Digest and Michael Castleman for contributing to this list; he consulted with a number of experts to come up with great ideas on what to do when you feel in a stressful bind.

A Little Mention About Stress…
Let’s face it… stress can be a killer. It can raise one’s blood pressure, divert valuable blood flow, constrict blood vessels and veins. Stress can increase tension and vulnerability to serious or chronic illness, may contribute to early aging and breakdown of body organs or tissues. Now, there are good kinds of stress and bad kinds of stress. The good kind of stress can contribute to healthy cell growth and increase strength, energy and endurance. This healthy stress is likely to involve more pleasant types of activities such as exercise, sports, walking, climbing stairs, hobby activities. Unhealthy stress can involve feeling overwhelmed, over-worked, being pressured by job or family relationships, having frequent illness and enduring other uncomfortable circumstances.

1. Breathe Deeply
Nice deep breathing that goes all the way to the naval and makes the belly expand oxygenates the blood and helps one relax. Shallow breathing causes the heart to beat faster to get that oxygen absorbed and circulating, exacerbating stress.

2. Visualize Peace
The Cleveland Clinic Foundation uses this one. They have found that this is highly effective in reducing stress. They suggest closing your eyes, take 3 long, slow breaths while picturing a lovely, relaxing scene such as walking in a meadow, lying by a brook, relaxing on a beautiful beach. Focus on the surroundings such as the sights and sounds, even the smells.

3. Give Yourself a Massage
Guess what? You can give yourself a massage. How do you do this? You can buy certain self-massage gadgets so that you can reach your back, and you can massage your palm by making circular motions with the thumb of the other hand. You can gently massage your arms, legs, belly and feet with oils or cream.

4. Calculate!
If you are feeling anxious, give your stress level a number using the scale from 1 to 10, 10 representing something that feels catastrophic and 1 being something that may be just a minor inconvenience. You may discover that what you are going through is really not worth worrying about.

5. Write Your Own Positive Phrase
You may have heard of people writing their own little affirmation – a short, positive little statement that affirms your ability to cope and “deal.” A typical affirmation might be, “I feel calm. I can handle this.” See what you can come up with, then repeat it to yourself whenever the need arises. You may notice a particular and beneficial difference. And give yourself a pat on the back. Nothing beats appreciation, even of your own self.

6. Write Things Down On Paper
Putting things down in writing can help delineate things for you and put things in perspective. In 2 columns, write the things you can change on the left and put the things you cannot change on the right. Focus on the left column and let the right column go. No use worrying over something you can’t change!

7. Smile!
Nothing quite helps like a smile. What happens when we smile? It turns out, according to some knowledgeable doctors, that the nerve impulses transmitted by the facial muslcles when we smile affect the limbic system which is a key emotional center for the brain, therefy affecting “positive” neurochemical transmission. This can calm and uplift us. Smile! : )

8. Cheer Up With Chi
Here’s an interesting exercise that works for millions. It’s based upon that ancient and venerable art of Qigong (pronounced chee-gong). Over 5,000 years old, it promotes the flow of Chi or vital living force within the body. Managing your Chi helps regulate your body systems. Here’s a great calming exercise as recommended by Qigong master, Ching-Tse Lee, Ph.D. Stand with your feet shoulder-width apart and parallel. “Bend your knees to a quarter-squat position (about 45 degrees) while keeping your upper body straight. Observe your breathing for a couple of breaths. Inhale and bring your arms slowly up in front of you to shoulder height with your elbows slightly bent. Exhale, stretching your arms straight out. Inhale again, bend your elbows slightly and drop your arms down slowly until your thumbs touch the sides of your legs. Exhale one more time, then stand up straight.” Voila!

9. Fine Fragrance
Taking a whiff of oils of anise, basil, bay, chamomile, eucalyptus, lavender, peppermint, rose, and thyme can be soothing according to an Aromatherapy author. They recommend putting a little rock salt in a small vial (the rock salt absorbs the oil which is less risky than carrying a vial of liquid) adding your favorite oil and taking a little inhale whenever you are in the mood.

10. From Victim To Controller of Your Own Life
You may have heard or even said yourself, “Why did this happen to me? What did I do to deserve this?” Probably, nothing. Instead of letting yourself dissolve into a pit of helplessness and despair, focus instead on how to be proactive and take control of the situation, thereby empowering yourself. When we wallow in self pity, we allow ourselves to be victimized and thus, feel degraded and dismal. Instead, when things aren’t right, go about finding ways to change them. You can do it!

11. Count to 10
How many times do we rush to judgement and then, without taking the time to think, possibly over-react? Take a few deep breaths, count to 10, recite some pleasant affirmations before you “jump the gun.”

12. Straighten Up
Sit and stand up straight. When people are overwhelmed and feel as if they have the weight of the world on their shoulders, their breathing can be restricted causing reduced oxygen and blood flow to the brain. This can increase muscle tension and magnify feelings of panic or helplessness according to Dr. Cooper. However, straightening the spine can have an opposite effect, promoting blood circulation, increasing oxygen levels and helping to lessen muscle tension helping to promote relaxation.

13. Accupressure Does the Trick
Did you know that you can use accupressure on yourself to help yourself relax? Accupressure can work similarly to acupuncture, except that you use fingers instead of needles. Here’s 3 points to apply a firm steady pressure for 2 to 3 minutes while taking deep, even slow breaths:

* The Third Eye right between the eyebrows where the bridge of the nose meets the forehead.
* The Heavenly Pillar which is one the back of the neck just below the base of the skull and either slightly to the left and right of the spine.
* The Heavenly Rejuvenaton with is about half an inch below the top of each should, right between the base of the neck and the outer should blade.

Pressure should not be painful, but just a little bit achy. Perhaps the achiness takes one’s mind off their troubles.

14. Warm Up the Eyes
Here’s something interesting from David Sobel, MD in San Jose. He recommends rubbing your hands together vigorously until they feel warm, then cupping them over one’s closed eyes for 5 seconds while breathing deeply. The darkness and warm will be comforting.

15. Avoid Being a Stepping Stool
Learn to say no, and know your own limits. It’s always best to avoid overdoing for others and trying to please everyone all the time. Setting boundaries is good for both you and them.

16. Schedule Worry Time
You can actually schedule a “worry time.” Instead of fretting at the moment, put your concerns into a little mental file cabinet and tell yourself you’ll address them later. Deal with them when the time is right. You control them – they don’t control you.

17. Take Extra Vitamins
Better yet, eat a great, healthy diet. Does wonders! But vitamins can certainly do a body good, especially when they’re natural and food based. A stronger, healthier body manages stress a lot more efficiently.

18. Play Some Music
Most all of us know that putting on a little music can help us feel better. Put on something more soothing and uplifting, and watch your spirits rise.

19. Space Out
Just look out the window and take the time to space out. Does wonders, says one expert.

20. Tea Time
Some folks love a cup of herbal tea (without caffeine). The most popular: camomile. But the same effects can be had with catnip, passionflower, skullcap or kava kava. One teaspoon of tea per cup of boiling water does the trick. Let the brew steep for about 10 minutes.

21. Take a Walk
Get up and move – get that lymph system going. Sitting is hard on a body – movement can get the body fluids circulating thereby cleansing the blood and preventing stagnation.

22. Take a Hot Soak
Evidently, soaking in the tub can relieve pressure and keep the stress at bay. A warm water bath can be very soothing.

23. Goof Off
Goofing off can temporarily remove you from a potentially stressful situation. Take the time to just have a little fun and do something silly or relaxing – something you enjoy doing.

24. Make Plans
Planning for something fun and interesting can give you something to look forward to, thereby reducing stress. Set yourself up for a fun evening or a special event, even if it’s just dinner out or a pleasant activity scheduled at home.

25. Stretch
Muscles can tighten during the day. Do some stretching exercises, or just plain arm, leg, back streching to get loosened and relaxed. Stretch out your arms and legs, reach down and grab at your toes. A little stretching Yoga can do the trick as well. Keep your stretching pose for a minute or 2 if you can. Hold it… – that’s it!

26. Tiptoe Through the Tulips
Tending your garden helps get you out of your head and lets you commune with nature, a known stress reliever. If you’re not a gardener, tend to a houseplant. Plants = growth = cycle of life, a nice reminder that stress, too, will pass.

27. Dial a Friend
Sharing your troubles can give you perspective, help you feel cared for and relieve your burden.

28. Move Away From Caffeinated Drinks
Caffeine will keep you going, but it can also intensify apprehension and create edginess and anxiousness. Gradually switching to decaffeinated beverages will do you and your body good.

29. Recognize Your Stress
Learn how you and your body manifest stress. Do you clench your teeth? Or does your back or shoulders start to ache? When you know and recognize the signs and acknowledge them, you automatically reduce the buildup or anxiety and more ominous feelings.

30. Say a Little Prayer
Studies show that compared with those who profess no faith, religious and spiritual people are calmer and healthier.

A Few Extra Stress Tips From BBC

The Forest…
Relax a few minutes within this forest with very calming, restful music. High Quality

One of the Best Rain Videos
There’s something special about rain falling. High Quality

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