How to Relieve Stress in 10 Ways

Walking into an average office, it’s easy to pinpoint a handful of people who are unwell. When so many are juggling a hectic job, family life and bills, it’s easy for people to struggle to maintain a healthy lifestyle. Many of us wonder how to relieve stress but feel too overwhelmed to start.

Up to a certain point, stress is something that challenges us and helps us grow. However, stress levels build over time to the point when stress makes us chronically unhappy and physically sick. Too much stress leaves no room for your body and mind to rejuvenate, leading to wear and tear. Read more

The Best Breathing Exercises for Anxiety and Panic Attacks

Your heart pounds. You can’t quite catch your breath. You’ve got butterflies in your stomach. You want to cry or run or curl up in a little ball. You can’t calm yourself down and, worst of all, you’re not sure why you’re upset in the first place.

Though you may feel trapped and alone, you aren’t. According to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America, over 18 percent of U.S. citizens 18 and older suffer from this extremely common mental illness. There are breathing exercises for anxiety that can help you deal with oncoming attacks. Read more

How to Use the 4-7-8 Breathing Technique to Reduce Stress

Why is breath so important? Breath is readily available as a focal point during meditative practice and is a handy measure of your state of mind. Lowering our breathing rate helps lower anxiety, reduce stress and makes it easier to sleep.

Breathing exercises are one of the core tenets of mindfulness. In this article, we are going to describe a breathing technique called 4-7-8 breathing, which you can use to quickly tap into the power of controlled breathing and its health benefits. Read more

The Best Breathing Exercises for Stress Relief

Breathing sustains life. It sends oxygen to your lungs and brain. It keeps the heart pumping. It’s essential to life. And, as a bonus for those living in today’s busy society, controlled and mindful breathing also helps you manage stress. Everyone who is subject to today’s busy and stressful way of life could benefit from learning breathing exercises for stress management.

By taking control of your breath, you can reset the stress response in your brain. Slow, deep breathing shifts the autonomic nervous system (which is in charge of the fight-or-flight response) back into rest mode and lowers blood pressure. For those who suffer from anxiety, deep breathing has been shown to provide relief by relaxing muscles. Read more

Using Progressive Relaxation Techniques to Help You Relax

One of the most common ways stress manifests itself is through tension in your body – but progressive relaxation techniques may be the key to releasing this tension before it begins to affect you.

More than often, that tension stays with you long after the cause of your stress is gone. It can show up in numerous ways: a headache that won’t go away, tensed muscles, or a twitch that won’t stop.

Even when your mind may be ready to relax, you can feel still feel the residual tension in your shoulders, your back, your joints, your muscles, and elsewhere in your body. Read more

How to Stay Calm and Prevent Anxiety From Taking Over

There are thousands of things to worry about every day. It’s easy to get caught up in the stresses of the day and let them build up until you have an anxiety attack. Going around in a constant state of anxiety can prevent you from taking part in your life.

Instead of waiting until you have an anxiety attack, there are many techniques you can use to manage your anxiety and prevent it from getting out of hand.

The best thing you can do is practice mindfulness and incorporate calmness into all parts of your life. After all, it’s much easier to prevent anxiety attacks from happening than it is to calm down from them.

Here are some techniques that will help you stay calm when you incorporate them into your daily routine. Read more

The Best Techniques for Deep Breathing

Breathing is a quick and easy way to reduce stress at a moments notice.Your mind and body can benefit in a variety of ways when you start breathing deeply on a regular basis. Learning how to breathe deeply can help lower your blood pressure, increase your cardiovascular strength, reduce anxiety, and boost your overall energy levels.

Most techniques build on the basic definition of deep breathing: in deep breathing, you work to take in more air and exhale more fully. You want your stomach to rise as you take a breath in, and then you want your stomach to deflate to the point of being tucked in as you breathe out.

There are many breathing techniques you can use to improve your health. This article will outline some of the methods you can use, and how to implement them in your daily life.

Counting Your Breath

Counting your breath is probably the most straight forward method of deep breathing. Using a  count of breaths gives your mind something to focus on, and makes it less likely that your mind will wander. Read more

The Best Everyday Meditative Breathing Techniques

If you’ve spent any time researching meditative breathing techniques, you’ll know that there are dozens of methods to choose from. Trying to find a technique that works for you can be overwhelming, and it might scare you away from trying. However, you can narrow it down by searching for breathing methods that help with specific issues.

Many breathing techniques are based on the yogic principle of Pranayama, which is the foundation of all yoga practices. Pranayama translates to extending your life force. Because breathing can help you with so many issues, breathing in a specific way will provide you with a greater quality of life and help you get a better handle on the issues you face every day.

Here is a quick guide to some breathing techniques that help reduce stress, raise energy levels, and help you when you’re having trouble sleeping. Read more

How to Relax Your Body

Holidays are a time for you to connect with your family and share gifts with the people you love. However, the pressure of preparing for holiday parties and trying to get gifts that everyone will like can become stressful and create a lot of tension rather than joy.

As a result, many people end up getting tense and holding that stress in their bodies. If you find your skin breaking out more than usual, or feel tired and achey all the time around the holidays, it’s possible that you’re holding too much stress in your body.

When you get stressed, the fight or flight response activates in your body. Your brain floods various body systems with stress hormones to get ready for potential danger. Activating the relaxation response reverses that and brings the stress levels in your body down, slowing down your heart and helping your muscles ease up.

You don’t have to just deal with holding on to that added stress, even if you are short on time. There are many ways to relieve tension in your body so your holidays will be a little less stressful. Some of them only take a few minutes, and some of them take a little longer. Read more

Your Complete Guide to Holotropic Breathing Benefits and Techniques

Breathing is a necessary activity that we often leave on auto-pilot. However, if you take control of your breath, you’ll be amazed by what you can accomplish. For instance, you can regulate your state of mind, using measured breathing to take yourself from a fever pitch into a state of calm.

You can even use your breath to “transcend the narrow boundaries of the body ego” into a relaxed and even spiritual high. If that sounds like the stuff of arcane spiritual practices, you might be surprised to find that this was actually the goal of scientists. (Grof, Stanislav. Psychology of the Future: Lessons from Modern Consciousness Research. 2000.) That’s the goal of holotropic breathwork, a breathing technique that falls under the umbrella of transpersonal psychology. Read more