5 Stress relieving techniques that have been used effectively for hundreds of years!

External factors that induce stress can be hard to avoid. Whether it is relationship dilemmas, unhappiness due to work, or financial hard times, stress usually follows in the wake of these problems. Stress has the remarkable ability to amplify your problems, which often makes you even more anxious and agitated. Times of hardship are not new, so how did people ever cope in the past? Some of the methods people used to use to keep stress at bay worked and continue to be used in present day society.


1. Meditation/ Yoga Nidra

This is probably the most famous historic stress relieving method around, and many people swear by it. Although historically meditation has connections to religion, today it has largely been stripped of its religious connections leaving only the benefits without the dogma The aim of meditation is to achieve mental and physical relaxation in order to rid your body of stress and is therefore one of the most positive ways of dealing with stress. Yoga nidra is a form of meditation, where one enters a sleep like state yet is still conscious and aware, but rested due to concentration.


2. Spas

Spa treatments can be luxurious ways to boost your mood and banish stress, and they truly are about taking time out and having ‘me’ time. Engage in aromatherapy in order to relax your senses, and thermal spas to concentrate energy onto your skin and muscles. The most stress-relieving part of a spa, is the massage, which can noticeably help relieve tension from your body. Since ancient times, massages have been used to cure both the body and the mind, and it is still one of the most effective ways to eliminate stress. The benefits can be instant.


3. Exercise and Hobbies

Exercise has long been known to have positive effects mentally, as well as physically, due to the endorphins that are released when you are exerting yourself. However, the simple act of having an exercise routine or having a hobby can be a great stress reliever. Focusing on activities and hobbies that you are interested in, can aid distraction from the  problems in your life that are making you stressed.


4. Mantras

Mantras originally come from Hinduism and Buddhism and are phrases or sounds that can transform. In today’s western world, these are more like individual catch phrases and can be utilised for stress relief. Use the original ancient mantras or find yourself a positive combination of words that empowers you: focus on upcoming positive events in your life, or remind yourself of the extraordinary person that you are. Repeat these words over every day, whether out load or in your own head, until you have banished stress and believe in yourself once again.


5. Deep Breathing

This is a stress relieving technique that has its’ roots in yoga and meditation, but can be practiced independent of these methods. Learning how to breathe deeply can have a calming affect on your body as more oxygen is entering the body, and your heart rate slows to a beat that is more common to when you are feeling relaxed.  As you slow your breath, your body naturally starts to feel relaxed. Relax by either laying down or sitting up, close your eyes, and start taking deep, but not forced, breaths: note you should feel your diaphragm gently move up and down.


These suggestions have a track record of working for people in this situation. We recommend that you try these tips and see which ones are suitable for you. You may find that other approaches work for you too. Depending on your circumstances, a consultation with your GP may be advised.

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