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Seven Stress Relief Techniques

Stress relief techniques can become tools for you to enhance your prospects for success. We never perform at our best when we are under stress. Despite the pressures we are under in business, the resulting stress can actually cause us to underperform in our jobs. It can be a vicious cycle – you work harder to obtain your goals and the resulting stress keeps you from achieving those goals.. It’s important for you to know some stress relief techniques. These techniques can put you in a more relaxed state of mind where you will become more effective.

The Seven Stress Relief Techniques

Here are seven stress relief techniques that you can use to your advantage:

  1. Take a walk in nature. If you can find a place that has lots of trees, this is your spot. Take a minute to appreciate the greenery trees and other flora around you. The trees have a very high frequency and will lift you out of any stress or depression that you may be experiencing. Nature is designed to nurture us. If you can do it, take your shoes off and put your bare feet in the grass. This is a method called grounding and it will immediately begin to calm your body completely and relieve stress. Enjoy this for as long as you can, at least 15 minutes.
  2. Listen to some music that you enjoy. Musical notes will open up all of the energy centers in your body and allow you to relax. It’s best to do this when you can close your eyes and really concentrate on the music, but it’s okay to do this in your car as well. Concentrate as much you can on the music, while still driving safely. It will immediately start to de-stress you.  You can find some great selections here. 
  3. Enjoy a hobby. Maybe this is playing golf, swimming or just taking a walk. Remember, the time you spend away from work is just as important as the time you spend working. Find an activity that you enjoy and take some time for yourself. In my positions as a sales manager and salesperson, I experienced a great deal of stress. A great stress relief technique is to completely take yourself out of the situation that is stressing you and turn to something else that you enjoy. Don’t feel guilty about using this time for enjoyment rather than working. The time you spend away from your job will make you far more productive and efficient when you return to your work. You will gain new route perspectives and be able to solve problems better and faster when you completely take yourself out of the stress environment.
  4. Practice deep breathing. If you are at work and need to de-stress without leaving the office, you can do this at your desk. Close your eyes, take a deep breath in through your nose and let it out slowly through your mouth. Continue breathing and try to make each breath longer than the prior one. Soon you will develop a rhythm. Continue that rhythm until you feel your body start to relax. 
  5. Read a book that is totally unrelated to work. Lose yourself in a novel, a mystery or any book that you enjoy. Make sure you are not thinking about work as you read this book. Let yourself go into another world and leave your work completely behind. 
  6. If you have a pet, spend some time with the animal. Playing with the dog or cat will instantly take you to another world. Animals are pure unconditional love and they will transmit this love you. Accept it and just enjoy interacting with your pet. This is a great way to de-stress at the end of the day. 
  7. Go see a good movie. Movies are designed to surround us with sight, sound and emotion and a very relaxing environment to take our minds off of other subjects while the movie is playing. You will spend 90 to 120 minutes completely thinking about something other than work. This can be extremely relaxing and refreshing. When you come out of the movie theater and think about work again you will see that you have a different perspective.

I hope these seven stress relief techniques have helped you in some way. If you would like to comment on this article or other things on the site, you can reach me here.

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About the Author of this Website

My name is Carolyn Jolly. My professional life has been in sales, marketing and IT management. Along the way I’ve been studying and experimenting with self improvement and personal development techniques for the past 20 years. I have had more than a few mind-blowing experiences and I’ve made some discoveries that have shaped my ideas. I’m now using this website to pass those ideas along.

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