Life could sometimes be overwhelming – work, relationship, study, peer pressure and a lot of factors that can put a strain on us. Stress has become a part of our day that we get accustomed to it. Just like any other form of stress, mental stress brings more harm than good to us.
Mental stress can affect our work, relationship, and health. It is important that we find ways on how to manage it carefully.
How do you relieve yourself from mental stress?
Try these relaxation techniques below to have a healthy, worry-free and stress-free mind.
One of the simplest and easiest ways to relieve our body from stress is deep breathing. You must notice that we tend to breathe deeply when we are in a stressful situation. This simple act of deep breathing sends a signal to our brain to relax and calm down.
There are a lot of breathing exercises that you can learn to relieve mental stress. What’s good about it is that you don’t need any equipment and does not cost anything at all.
One example of breathing exercise is the belly breathing. Simply sit or lie flat in a comfortable position. Let your belly push your hand out as you take a deep breath in through your nose. Breathe out through a pursed lip. Do this breathing exercise 3 to 10 times.
So next time that your boss scolds you in front of everybody, fight every urge to answer back and take a deep breath instead.
Tune into your body
Most of us get sick because we don’t know how to listen to our body. We keep on punching overtime hours at work or having too many physical activities such as exercising on rowing machine when our body is already telling us clearly that it is exhausted.
Our body is the temple of our soul and it is important that we have a harmonious relationship together. Have a constant session where you disregard all the outside thoughts and worries and take the time to assess the condition of your body.
How can you tune into your body?
Be in a comfortable position, either sitting with your feet on the floor or lying on your back. Start at your toes and go up to your scalp, noticing how every part of your body feels. For a minute or two, pay close attention to the sensations that you feel in each part of your body.
Do yoga asanas
Yoga asanas are not only the easiest and simplest way of reducing our excess weight; it is also effective in mind and body meditation. This has been practiced from ancient times since there is no doubt that doing yoga asanas regularly provide a wide range of body and mind benefits, including relief from stress, strength and flexibility and even a cure for many diseases.
There is a wide selection of yoga asanas poses that you can select from. You can start from easy poses if you are a beginner until you move to the more complex ones. If being a yoga instructor has been your dream, you can train harder and push yourself to reach your goals.
Speak a stress-free language
Words are a very potent weapon. They have great powers and it is up to us to use our words or language to our advantage.
Most people who suffer from mental stress are those that are being hard on themselves. When things did not go well to what they have expected, they’d rather blame themselves and say hurtful words.
To relieve yourself from mental stress, change your attitude and use a stress-free language. Avoid all the negative words and say empowering and motivating words instead. Instead of saying, “I’m a complete failure,” try to say “I will do better next time.”
With positive language, we can convince ourselves that we are capable of doing great things.
Most of us find it hard to be present or slow down. We get stuck on a pattern where we mindlessly rush through things without being consciously aware and just focus on reaching the finish line without even connecting to the process.
With mindfulness meditation, we become fully immersed in the present moment, and remove the chain of meaningless worry and stress.
Be mentally present to every occurrence of your day. When you’re stuck in a traffic, take the time to look at the cars and passersby instead of frantically honking your horn. When you are 100% present, your thoughts and actions will be thoroughly and precisely.
Laugh out loud
“Laughter is the best medicine” There is no doubt that this is my favorite saying. No matter how hard or tight the situation is, laughter has always a way of turning it around. A good old joke never loses its magic of making the situation lighter.
Surround yourself with people who are happy and positive. Instead of stressing and blaming yourself too much for having some errors on that report you submitted, crack yourself with a good heap of laughter. It will certainly make you feel a lot better.
Be easy on yourself. Laugh your way out from all the stressful situations.
Say goodbye to mental stress and all its negative side effects by doing these simple relaxation techniques. Life is too short to be spent worrying and stressed.
Scott Murphy is a writer who loves to write an article on various topics such as health, fitness, exercise etc. He has the passion for the sport over 20 years. He is a regular contributor to allrowers.com, a site offering reviews, workouts, industry news and education about the benefits of rowing and regular exercise.