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    You deserve to relax. It’s a simple thing you can do and it doesn’t cost money or involve crazy time commitments. Learn how to properly relax and you’ll be on your way to a happier, healthier you. The following techniques are easy ways to reduce stress.

    Meditate

    Meditating for a few minutes each day can alter the brain’s neural pathways. This helps you handle stress better.

    Sit with both feet on the floor and your eyes closed. Repeat a phrase that works for you – it can be something like “I feel at peace” – and sync it with your breaths. Let all negative thoughts leave your mind.

    Just Breathe

    According to psychologist Judith Tutin, deep breathing slows your heart rate and lowers your blood pressure.

    Take a five-minute break and focus on your breathing. Close your eyes with one hand on your stomach. Inhale slowly through your nose and then exhale slowly through your mouth.

    Be in The Moment

    When you slow down and focus on what’s around you, you feel less tense. Spend five minutes each day really appreciating your senses. Notice how the air outside feels on your face or the way fresh coffee smells.

    Talk to Someone

    Talking to a friend can help you gain a fresh perspective and look at a stressful situation from an outsider’s point of view. Face to face is best, but if that’s not possible then go for a phone call. Share what’s on your mind and listen to their problems in turn.

    Know Your Body

    Being aware of how stress affects your body can help you know what to do to relieve the symptoms. Lie on your back and mentally sense how each part of your body feels, starting with your toes and working your way up. Imagine your breath flowing to each part of your body one at a time and notice the sensations.

    Decompress

    Physical touch is often the best way to reduce tension. Stress isn’t just mental; it affects your entire body in a physical way. For ten minutes, leave a warm heat wrap around your neck and shoulders. Once you remove it, massage the area with a tennis ball or foam roller.

    Laugh

    Laughing lowers the stress hormone in your body while raising endorphins, which are chemicals that improve your mood. Do something that makes you laugh out loud. Talk with a friend or watch your favorite comedy on television.

    Listen to Music

    It lowers your blood pressure, heart rate, and anxiety. Listen to soothing songs or nature sounds and allow yourself to focus on different aspects of the music.

    Move Every Day

    Any type of movement will work. Go for a walk or run, do some stretches or dance.

    Have Gratitude

    Being grateful for the good things in your life helps you stay positive. Keep a journal & jot down when good things happen. When tension’s at its worst, pull out the journal and read what you’ve written.

     

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