Here are Relaxing Records, we want to help you to deal with stress and anxiety and watch it have a positive impact on your life and productivity.
Here we have some top tips to help you deal with stressful situations, enabling you to calm down and destress.
Meditation eases anxiety and focuses the mind. It is an approach to training the ind, as exercise is to training the body. We believe it to be just as, if not more important.
Meditation can be hard to master as a beginner, but the benefits are more than worth the effort. Once you can train your mind to become empty, you can take yourself away from stressful situations and give yourself time to breathe and destress.
There are two main types of meditation – concentration and mindfulness. Keep your eyes peeled on a blog discussing both styles next week.
- Slow Down
This may seem like an obvious statement, but the amount of us that don’t give ourselves a chance to take a step back and breathe throughout the day is staggering.
Sometimes it is more productive to focus on one thing rather than many – and you will actually get things done a lot quicker if you stop multi tasking and learn the art of focusing.
Every time you start feeling bogged down, take five minutes out of your schedule and focus on the things happening around you. Feel the air on your face, use your senses to smell, hear and touch one thing surrounding you. This will help you become present in the moment and focus on the prioritising the most important of things.
Check out our vlog on The Pomodoro Technique, a time management ideal which encourages small breaks throughout the day which increase productivity:
- Talk to Someone
More often than not, the important people in our lives – the social circle we surround ourselves with – are the only form of destress we need.
Don’t take them for granted – reach out and talk to them. Share your stresses, feelings and worries with them and gain an outsiders perspective on what it is that is bothering you. The process of saying it out loud will feel like it is getting it off your chest, and you may find you get some really great advice!
- Breathe Deeply
Breathing is one of the best relaxation techniques. Focusing on your breathing takes your mind of any stresses or worries you may have, and filling your body with more oxygen will reduce levels of stress by slowing your heart rate and blood pressure.
Slowly inhale through your nose, and exhale through your mouth. While you do this, focus your mind on your breath rising up through your body.
Check out our blog on breathing techniques for some more information: http://www.relaxingrecords.com/2015/11/20/relaxation-breathing-techniques/
Any kind of exercise, whether walking around the block or running a marathon – releases endorphins (feel good chemicals) to help you destress.
Exercise will also help you to focus on something other than any problems you may be facing in your life.
- Listen to our Music!
Of course, we will always recommend our own music – but research has shown that listening to relaxing/soothing music can lower your blood pressure, heart rate and anxiety. So what are you waiting for?!