Stop Feeling Overwhelmed With These 7 Relaxation Techniques

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 How To Stop Feeling Overwhelmed

“The individual has always had to struggle to keep from being overwhelmed by the tribe. If you try it, you will be lonely often, and sometimes frightened. But no price is too high to pay for the privilege of owning yourself.” Friedrich Nietzsche

In today’s society, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed with the amount of technology at our fingertips, the busy pace of life and all the daily tasks we need to do. Most of us have a lot on our plate but it doesn’t have to be that way. Getting involved with so many activities forces us to make quick decisions that put off tasks or responsibility until later.

It’s difficult under these types of circumstances to relax yet that’s the last thing most of us try to do. If we can just put aside anxiety and stress for a few moments then we can battle overwhelm where it lives.

Feeling overwhelmed is a problem society hasn’t been able to handle just yet so this means you have to find a way to deal with overwhelm without it ruining your health. A buildup of stress and anxiety can lead to a physical and mental breakdown.

So, what do you do to loosen the load?

Add Stress Relief To Your Schedule

“Sound character provides the power with which a person may ride the emergencies of life instead of being overwhelmed by them.”
Og Mandino

The big key to relaxing during today’s hectic world is to find time to add stress relief to your busy schedule. Try to plan some down time during your day to help alleviate built-up stress by including meditation in your routine.

To overcome overwhelm, choose some form of quiet contemplation. Find things that calm down the mind so that you can gather your thoughts and slip into your happy place.

One of the best ways to distress comes from decluttering both your life and home. Clutter kills your productivity and unconsciously causes the brain to stress out. Too much input overloads the brain creates more anxiety and stress.

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Avoiding constant overwhelm is a something you must deal with once it but that’s not the end of your problem. Just trying to avoid overwhelm takes your mind off of what’s really important. The idea here is to learn what to do when you’re feeling overwhelmed and then incorporate those techniques into your daily life.

Here Are 7 Relaxation Techniques That Help You Stop Feeling Overwhelmed

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“We don’t realize that, somewhere within us all, there does exist a supreme self who is eternally at peace.”
Elizabeth Gilbert

1 – Laughter – They say laughter is the best medicine as it relieves tension while boosting the immune system. It also stimulates the blood circulation which reduces the physical symptoms that stress brings about a balanced nervous system. Without laughter, our stress would kill us. Laughter is all about the mental state that we are in. It lightens your burdens and inspires hope when there is no hope at all.

2 – Breathing Exercises – Helps alter the pH balance of the blood and brings the body back to it’s relaxed state of being.  Breathing exercises messages the brain to calm down and relax by clearing the state of mind. Finally, these type of exercises train the body to deal with stressful situations.

 3 – Visualization Exercises – Use guided imagination and concentration techniques that redirect attention away from pain and stress towards an alternate focus. Focus is the key here because it allows you to associate sensations of peace and block off stressful instances.

4 –  Muscle Relaxation Exercises – When you practice muscle relaxation, you bring the nervous system back into balance. It allows the heart rate to decrease and get back to normal. Your breathing becomes slower and deeper, bringing more oxygen into your system. It stabilizes blood pressure while promoting physical healing.

5 – Physical Exercise – If you want to relax then physical exercise will help improve your mood, It stimulates the the production of endorphins while countering depression. But it’s most important benefit comes from the fact that it counteracts the stress hormones cortisol and adrenaline. Regular exercise has been called “meditation in motion.”

6 – Find A Hobby – Nothing beats engaging in a hobby. Building models, knitting, making jewelry, reading and singing are just a few of the ways you can relax as well as bring some happiness into your life. When you’re feeling stressed and overwhelmed, hobbies soothe your soul and allow you to recharge your batteries by doing something you enjoy. 

7 – Buy Houseplants – As crazy as this may sound, houseplants are excellent at de-stressing your environment whether you’re at home or at work. They are able to brighten your home as well as purify the air which creates a much more relaxing and peaceful atmosphere for everyone. Toxins are a problem for humanity and play havoc with our physical health. If you want to experience a more serene and peaceful life buy houseplants.

The more you allow stress to get the better of you, the more overwhelmed you will be. By using these 7 relaxation techniques, you will be able to beat overwhelm and be on your way to a life filled with peace and love.

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Dealing With Anxiety And Stress Management

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Anxiety And Stress Management

“It’s not stress that kills us, it is our reaction to it.”
Hans Selye

Anxiety and stress has the ability to greatly impact our body’s normal functionality, especially if we don’t pay attention to the warning signs.  Despite the fact that we deny the sensations we are feeling in our bodies, we can certainly see that our mental and physical state is not functioning at its normal capacity.  It is very important for a person to learn how to look for the warning signs that stress and anxiety is already taking control of your system and you need to understand how to take care of your body to prevent a total breakdown.

Looking Out For The Danger Signs Of Stress and Anxiety

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“Remember that stress doesn’t come from what’s going on in your life. It comes from your thoughts about what’s going on in your life.”
Andrew J. Bernstein

Stress and anxiety often starts out in our minds long before it begins to reveal some signs on our bodies.  Both are linked and one will show some effects of the other.  A stress-free mind is frequently associated with an active and healthy body, but a mind riddled with issues will surely result in a deteriorating health.

It is very important for a person to watch out for danger signs when you’re body is nearing the limits of its tolerance to unusual levels of anxiety and stress. Often times, we will experience some minor aches and pains but when our mind is burdened with stress and problems it is subjected to on a daily basis it can take a toll on both our minds and our bodies. If left unchecked, it might result to sleeping and behavioral problems, lack of coherent decision making skills, or even a potential heart attack when it is already above the danger level.

How To Handle Anxiety And Stress

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The mind shows the first signs of obvious stress and later reveals itself to your physical and emotional state when left unchecked.  It is essential that we learn how to calm our minds under the throes of stress and learn to focus our thoughts on positive things in order to deal the problems and relax when you need to.

This might take some effort on your part if it’s your first time to undertake stress management but there are some time proven techniques you can use to simplify the process and help you learn to deal with your difficulties. You can start by using yoga and meditation to focus your mind and give you confidence to deal with life’s problems.

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How To Reduce Stress And Anxiety

“If you treat every situation as a life and death matter, you’ll die a lot of times.”
Dean Smith

Stress affects everyone differently. What may turn into a stressful situation for one person, could be a piece of cake for another. This is why it’s very hard to to reduce stress and anxiety at the beginning. It ends up overtaking us and causing us to burnout very quickly.

The very first step you need to take is to acknowledge you are under attack from stress. If you cannot do this then your stress will never cease. The next step is to identify where you stress is coming from.

Are you could be stressed out by your job, by a family member or a bad relationship. Once you understand where you stress is coming from, it will be much easier to deal with.

How do you react to daily stress?

If you don’t manage stress, it will find a way to manage you. Stress can be very invasive in your life. It loves to be in the driver’s seat and you hand over the keys without fail on a regular basis because you feel defeated by it.

You might blaming the boss, the car mechanic or your spouse for your stress. You can’t control what other people do or say, but you can manage some of the smaller irritations in your world in order to reduce your stress.

Here are 4 ways to fight stress and stay calm in doing so.

1- Breathing Exercise That Calm The Spirit

Another method to dealing with anxiety and stress is to focus on your breathing. You can start with some basic exercises such as breathing in and out in specific intervals. This sends a signal to your brain to turn up your parasympathetic (rest and digest) nervous system and turn down your sympathetic (fight or flight response) nervous system.  The sympathetics raise your heart rate and speeds up your breathing .  This brings out your stress hormones like cortisol which pumps through your bloodstream, When  cortisol is elevated it interrupts the various hormonal systems of the body.  Breathing exercises lower blood pressure, promote feelings of calmness and relaxation, and help you de-stress without complicated drugs or psychological evaluations .

2- Use Progressive Relaxation

Progressive relaxation is all dependent on tightening and untightening of the muscles in a escalating manner while focusing on your breathing.  In this type of breathing, we are able to calm the spirit in a way that eases the emotional strain and puts your body in balance.

3- Guided Visualization

Guided visualization relies heavily on using positive images and feelings to replace any negative thoughts and energy.   According to Psychologist Dr. Ellen Langer, “Guided visualization helps puts you in the place you want to be, rather than letting your mind go to the internal dialogue that is stressful.”

This exercise will ensure that your body, as well as your mind will get enough oxygen for it to function properly. When stressed so it’s best to practice some breathing exercise to help you cope with it, we usually hyperventilate or suffer short breathing.

4- Fighting Stress With The Right Foods

If you plan to fight stress head-on, you need to eat healthy foods that are nutritious for both your body and your mind.

Here are four foods that fight stress and have great nutritional content:

Asparagus – contains folate which essential for keeping your stress levels low.

Avocados – contains glutathione which  blocks the absorption of some fats that cause oxidative damage thereby keeping your body healthy and strong.  They are also high in folate, lutein, beta-carotene, and vitamin E.

Berries – which  including strawberries, raspberries, and blackberries, are very rich in vitamin C, which has been shown to be helpful in combating stress.  Vitamin C  reduces your blood pressure levels and keeps your cortisol levels from getting too high thereby keeping  stress at a minimum

Cashews – are a great source of zinc.  Just a 1-ounce serving gives you more than 11 percent of your recommended daily allowance.  Having low levels of zinc in you  system has been linked to both anxiety and depression.

Whatever you do, there are many ways to combat stress without going crazy.  If you learn the proven techniques to stay cool in stressful situations you will be able to deal with anxiety and stress whenever it rears its ugly head.

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