Ways To Reduce Stress

Tuesday we talked about how stress can affect you mentally, physically and emotionally.  Today lets chat about ways to reduce stress.

So it is great to know that exercise is an excellent way to help you reduce stress.  Yeah!!! so we can now stay on track with our goals and reduce stress at the same time.

Exercise and Stress Hormones:

Exercise can decrease ‘stress hormones’ like cortisol, and increase endorphins, your body’s ‘feel-good’ chemicals, giving your mood a natural boost. (This is the chemistry behind a ‘runner’s high’.)

Ways to relax your body

  • Try techniques to relax.Breathing exercises, muscle relaxation, and yoga can help relieve stress.
    • Breathing exercises.These include roll breathing, a type of deep breathing.
    • Progressive muscle relaxation.This technique reduces muscle tension. You do it by relaxing separate groups of muscles one by one.
    • Yoga, tai chi, and qi gong.These techniques combine exercise and meditation. You may need some training at first to learn them. Books and videos are also helpful. You can do all of these techniques at home.
       

 Breathing Relaxation Exercise

 Yoga Relaxation Exercises – Health & Fitness – ModernMom

Deep Muscle Relaxation technique

What methods and techniques do you use to relax and reduce stress?

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