While most people do not associate music with any sort of therapy, it really is. Think about it – whenever you are stressed out, what is the first thing that you usually do? For me? I turn my music onto a song I know is going to cheer me up or at least match what mood I am in. Music therapy, while it might seem strange is a great way to relieve some of the stress that you might be feeling due to your job, home or even just life in general.
Music therapy can actually promote wellness, eases pain and actually helps with the expression of feelings, enhances a lot of memories and finally can truly improve your communication skills – which is something that a lot of people need right now.
Whenever you are feeling stressed out, just run yourself a bath, slip your iPod on and let the music just take you away to a place that is not stressful at all!
We have all heard it before. You are telling a friend, a family member, or a colleague that you are feeling stressed out, and they recommend exercise in an oh so chipper tone of voice. You groan inside and endeavor to change the subject, because just thinking about exercising and how you always mean to but never have time just makes you feel even more stressed.
But like it or not, it is true that exercise is a great stress reliever. Fortunately, there are lots of things you can do which will not even seem like exercise. These activities are just fun.
Yeah, okay, you can do yoga, but if you are pretty doubtful about your abilities to touch your toes to your nose, don’t worry. Swimming is great for relieving stress, and in the sweltering month of August, it is the perfect activity.
Karate can help you in a lot of ways. Guys enjoy it, women can learn some self defense moves, and no matter what, you will develop a strong sense of self discipline.
Last but most certainly not least, just take a walk!
If there is one thing that you should do when you are stressed out, it is going to be relax. While there are many different ways to relax, one of the greatest herbs in the world to help you relax and wind down is going to be lavender. There are many different ways that you can use lavender to your benefit and that is exactly what we are going to talk about now.
One of the greatest ways to use lavender is going to be via aromatherapy; however that is not the only way. Did you know that there are many different bath products that use lavender so you can truly relax your body in the hot water with a scent that is calming? Another way to use lavender is in your food – eating things with lavender in it is a fantastic way to ensure that you are going to calm down.
Lavender is something that so many people have used in the past and continue to use. All around, it is a fantastic herb and can really help you in the long run.
Some boss may want to do things at work in a very unorthodox manner. Some may be too judgmental. Some may just really be scatterbrained.
Working for very difficult employers drives the stress level of people way up the gauge. There are several ways to handle the situation:
Know Yourself More
It is very easy to pass the blame to our source of stress but some soul searching may also provide us with some answers. Examine the past if you were also in the same situation where your boss is just insane. Maybe the problem is coming from another place.
You have to make sure that the problem that brings about stress is really the person at work and not coming from somewhere deeper.
Manage Your Interactions
The key to a good boss-employee relationship is excellent communication. You have to let your boss know what works better for you and see if it fits in his system.
You can also see what you can learn from the boss. The person is running the company and there must be something good about him.
When things are really overwhelming a lot of people give into the pressure. Commonly, anxiety rockets and we end up doing nothing at all. Things are viewed as insurmountable and the only option is to run away.
If this is a common picture to you, there are several practices that can help you overcome panic:
Put Problems in a Box
Experts say you can compartmentalize and prioritize. Make a list and bring the problem out one by one from the box. This way you will not be overwhelmed, be able to cope, and solve the problem.
Another way to control panic attacks or anxiety is by doing mind-body techniques. You can engage in breathing exercises, body relaxation, aerobic exercises, and meditation.
Seek Professional Consult
If the panic attacks are very frequent and for no reason at all, then it may be best to seek professional help. Most effective anxiety or panic treatments will be cognitive behavioral therapy or by taking some prescribed medications.
While it is pretty obvious that lowering your stress levels is very important, so is keeping your body and mind sound. That is the entire motto of what Zen is exactly and while most people just believe that you can practice Zen in your garden or via meditation only.
There are actually a few different ways that you can incorporate Zen into your lifestyle and begin practicing it. First and foremost though, you need to understand specifically what Zen is and what you need to do in order to achieve it.
Well folks, Zen is a way of life. Honestly, it is one of the most peaceful ways of life and if you are looking to make a change in your lifestyle and how you handle stress, this is going to be it. In the next few blogs we will explore specifically what Zen is and how it can help you!
We have already covered three great ways to help you relieve stress, but those are far from the only options available to you. Honestly, stress relievers are intensely personal. What relieves your stress will not necessarily do the same for someone else – but some tension relievers are completely universal, and helping yourself to a nice, hot, steaming bath is one of those.
You might want to take a bath in the dark, surrounded by your favorite kind of aromatherapy candles. This is a wonderful way to relax – both your mind and your body, because the warm water will do wonders to make the tension bleed right out of your muscles. Taking a long bath with a good book can also work wonders for you. You are taking some time for yourself, doing something that you like you do, and when you finally finish that last chapter, the odds are good that you will climb out of the tub feeling like a million bucks.
Do you remember when you were a kid, you would laugh at anything and everything? Well, when you grow up, that probably is not true and you actually try to censor yourself. Well, don’t! It only causes more stress and honestly, a laugh once in a while can do nothing but help you! Personally, I laugh all of the time and while I might not be stress-free I know that my stress levels are definitely lower when I just laugh it off!
Now of course, there are times to laugh and times that you shouldn’t, but you, as an adult should be able to judge when it is okay to laugh. Just remember, don’t censor yourself anymore, let it all loose and you will definitely see a difference in not only your stress-levels but also your attitude overall!
Friends are definitely a great source to get you to laugh. Not only do your friends know you better than anyone in most causes but they know what will cause you to laugh and honestly, isn’t it better to laugh with friends versus by yourself?
All right folks, now that we have talked all about breathing, it is now time to move onto some other ways that you can relieve your stress and definitely keep those stress levels down. We all know it is hard right now, with the way that the economy is right now and nothing on the news is good news and well, there are a few things in your personal life that can probably stress you out as well. Communication is honestly one of the best forms of stress relieving. Having a simple talk with one of your closest friends or family members can honestly work wonders!
Now we all know those excuses that people have for not talking to one another about their problems, but those are just excuses. If you need someone to talk to, you should be able to do so and not sound like you are whining or complaining and if the person you talk to about the stresses in your life knows you really well, they will do all they can to comfort you.
However, if you do not feel comfortable talking to someone, that’s okay! Sometimes writing it all down in your journal is a great release and will definitely help you get the word out there that there are stresses in your life! So go ahead, start yourself a journal and start recording all of your thoughts down. Heck, they even have online journals now if you feel more comfortable typing it all up!
Stress is a part of life. Honestly, there is not a single person in the world that does not get stressed out or has not been stressed out before. There are many, many different ways to relieve you stress – obviously meditation, but also a simple relaxing session might be a good idea. If you are the type of person that simply can not relax, there are a few other things that you can do in order to relieve some of the stress you may have build up.
Breathing exercises is just one way that you can relieve a lot of the stress that you may be carrying and you can do it anywhere! Including oxygen into the blood will wake up your brain, relax your muscles and will quiet your mind down, so if you are extremely stressed out at work – take a deep breath a few times, close your eyes and just let the air work itself into your body and calm you down.
Now that you know how to breathe right and calm yourself down via deep breathes, we will move onto other ways to relieve your stress and get those stress levels down a little bit … in the next blog!