Stress is necessary for life. You need stress for creativity, learning, and your very survival. Stress is only harmful when it becomes overwhelming and interrupts the healthy state of equilibrium that your nervous system needs to remain in balance. To overcome the stress mode of life, you can use breathing techniques to relax, rather than stress, your mind and body.
Many of us, the relaxation mean zoning out in front of the TV at the end of a stressful day. But this does little to reduce the damaging effects of stress. To effectively scrap stress, we need to activate the body's natural relaxation response. You can do this by practicing the relaxation techniques such as meditation, rhythmic exercise, deep breathing and yoga. Using these activities into your life can help reduce everyday stress and boost your energy and mood.
Yoga is helpful to relearn that natural state that your body and mind want to be in: relaxation.
Deep breathing is also helpful in both calming and energizing. The energy you feel from a few minutes of careful breathe is not nervous or hyper, but that calm, steady energy we all need. Slow, steady, and quiet breathing gives a message to your nervous system: Be calm. Good relaxation always starts with focusing on your breathing. The way to do it is to breathe in and out slowly and in a regular rhythm as this will help you to calm down. Here is 5-minute Breath Break. (Read through the instructions several times before you try the practice.)
Relaxing for a few minutes every day gradually carries over into the rest of your daily life and activities.
Controlled breathing may improve physiological processes that include:
- Lower blood pressure and heart rate
- Reduce the levels of stress hormones in the blood
- Reduce lactic acid build-up in muscle tissue
- Balance the levels of oxygen and carbon dioxide in the blood
- Improve immune system functionality
- Increase physical energy
Some people find that concentrating on their breath actually provokes panic and hyperventilation. If this happens to you, look for another way to relax.