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StressLess Living, Issue #009 -- Five ways to manage stress easily
December 03, 2010

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Hi, Kell here!
Welcome to the StressLess Living Newsletter #9.

If the thought of learning another stress management technique makes you stressed then these five ways to manage stress are for you.

These easy relaxation techniques include:

  1. The 6 second breathing technique

  2. Cultivate a positive mental attitude

  3. Use your 5 senses for stress relief

  4. Laughter

  5. Take up exercise

By the time you have read this newsletter you will have five easy relaxation techniques that you can put into practice today.

1. The 6 second breathing technique

Adapted from Dr Charles Stroebel, a psychologist and expert in stress management at Yale University, this relaxation breathing technique interrupts the stress response and promotes a calming effect.

With daily practice he says that this breathing and relaxation technique, known as the Quieting Reflex, can short-circuit the stress response and relax you in 6 seconds.

2. Cultivate a positive mental attitude

A positive mental attitude helps you to cope with stress.

Adopting a positive way of thinking is a huge protector against the effects of stress.

Negative thoughts turn on the stress response and weaken the immune system and lead to stress-related illnesses.

BUT positive emotions strengthen the immune system - it is these positive emotions that help you to cope with stress more effectively.

Some ways that you promote positive thinking skills are:

  • Become aware your self talk

  • Understand your negative thinking

  • Monitor your self talk

  • Promote and practice your positive self talk

  • Develop a list of positive affirmations

  • Surround yourself with other positive thinkers.

I talk more about tips to boost your a positive thinking.

3. Use your 5 senses for stress relief

Our senses can help to relax the mind and body. For example the smell of a sandalwood candle on the dining table, the lavender on the pillow, or a few drops of your lotion in the evening bath.

All serve to relax the mind and the body.

Next time you rush to scoff down your dinner or gulp down a cup of tea...rather than rush, sit and savor the taste. Appreciate the taste and take the time to enjoy.

By cultivating a greater awareness of the present you raise your appreciation of the surrounding world.

I talk more about this at mindful meditation.

4. Laughter

Laughter is a quick stress reliever. Now it may seem a little unusual to break out into spontaneous laughter while sitting at your desk or waiting in line at the store.

But bringing more laughter into your life is a sure way to reduce stress.

Here are some ideas:

  • Movies, Books and TV. The shelves at your local store are stocked with things that can bring more humor into your life.

  • Spend time with funny people. Spend time with people who make you feel good. If this is difficult then search for comedy clubs or perhaps start off a conversation with "What's the funniest thing you have ever experienced?"

    I have found that laughter yoga can be beneficial to reduce stress.

  • Smile more often. Smiling more often makes you happier.

  • Try to see the humor in situations. As Ella Wheeler Wilcox says:

    Laugh and the world laughs with you. Weep and you weep alone.

5. Take up exercise

Exercise reduces stress and rids the body of stress by products.

There are many different types of exercise that you can do to reduce stress...from running to swimming and cycling.

I find that hatha yoga is useful as a stress-reducing activity.

Here are some hatha yoga poses that are easy to do at the start of each day. They refresh and rejuvenate the body.

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All the best,

Dr Kell and the team at Stress Management for Peak Performance wish you all the best.

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