Stress can be a dangerous burden. We’ve all felt it whether it be a time constraint on an upcoming project, hitting every red light when you are already late, or just the cause of a frustration. It can be triggered by emotions such as anger, worry, or grief. But whatever may cause it, stress comes on strong, and can domino into something even worse.
That’s why preventing stress, or knowing how to handle it when it does come up, is very important to your mental and physical health. Stress can lead to high blood pressure, heart problems, obesity, headaches, depression and more. We live in a stressful world, and preventing our own stress is a top priority.
We sat down with health and fitness experts to find out how to beat stress. But, because stress can come on strong and quickly, we needed to find the ways to relieve it quickly. So that if stress hits right before your presentation, you can know how to relieve it in less than 10 minutes.
Wash away your stress in less than 10 minutes with just a bit of water. “When you feel stress, you then become bloated, because your body is retaining to every ounce of water,” explains Lisa Reed. Drink up and you can relieve some of that tension.
Experts agree that some sort of meditation, or simply just breathing deeply for a minute straight can relieve stress tremendously. Take deep breaths and clear your mind of anything in the past. Only think of your breathing and the moment, and you will feel better in no time.
Exercise is a proven stress reliever. Even under 10 minutes you can accomplish enough activity to beat stress. Jump rope, go for a quick walk, or run in place. Stress levels will dramatically decrease when you become active.
Author and nutrition and wellness expert, Vanessa Cunningham suggests writing it out. “Stop what you are doing and write. Researchers suggest that keeping a daily journal can be a simple yet effective way of reducing stress and anxiety.”
As much as breathing deeply can help, another quick tip to relieving stress is holding your breath. “Take as deep a breath as you can, and hold it until you feel the pressure build in your lungs, chest and ribs. Now hold a bit longer than you think you are able, then slowly exhale,” suggests trainer and performance expert Chris Weiler.
Weiler also suggests releasing your stress by way of a primal scream. This can probably only be done if you are alone or at home, but if you take a deep breath and yell as loud as you can, when the air in your lungs empty, it will feel as if a weight has lifted.
Trainer, Lauren Roxburgh has found a good face massage to be a quick and helpful stress reliever. There are many different ways to massage your face, but rubbing your temples of massaging your jaw for 5 minutes can relieve unnecessary tension.
Studies show that stress levels are dramatically decreased with the use of aromatherapy. Lighting a candle, or incense, among using specific oils provides sensational smells that make the body relax. Roxburgh suggests lavender, as it consistently proven to relax.
Warmth initiates comfort. And comfort relieves stress. A quick way to relieve stress is by taking a 10-minute warm bath or sitting outside and soaking in the sun.