How to Relieve Stress Naturally
How to De-Stress Your MindChange Your Attitude
"Some people find riding a roller coaster to be extremely stressful; others find it thrilling. It all depends on your perspective," explains Paul J. Rosch, MD, clinical professor of medicine and psychiatry at New York Medical College. Say you're about to run your first half-marathon and your stomach is in knots. The goal is to switch your "Oh, no!" thinking to "Bring it on!" bravado. Easier said than done, for sure, but know this: Short stints of stress are actually good for you because they maximize performance. Blood pressure rises and digestion of food slows, allowing your body to summon the energy to combat the anxiety-inducing situation. If changing your mind-set isn't working, try this: Decide it's okay to feel anxious as you hover at the starting line. One recent study found that people who learned to identify and acknowledge stressful thoughts and think them through showed notable improvements in their inner calm.Find Your Zen Zone
Have a big presentation to make? Scared you'll flub your number? Try this before venturing into the conference room: "Close your eyes. In a quiet area, settle into a comfortable position. Relax every muscle, starting with your toes and moving upward," Dr. Lausier says. "Focus on your breathing. With every inhale, sink deeper into your body. As you exhale, imagine tension leaving your muscles." Feel better? Congratulations, you've just performed a body scan, a meditative exercise that helps you be hyperaware of where your body is holding stress, so you can physically let go of your worries. Additional mindfulness-based stress-reduction techniques, such as deep breathing and gentle yoga, have been shown to ease anxiety as well. Our fave yoga move: child's pose.
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