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They have created many great tools and techniques as a result of numerous heart-brain clinical studies. I encourage you to visit their web site and purchase any of their products or use some of their free services.
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7 Useful Stress Relief Tips to Reduce Stress Levels:
1. How To Control Stress
The Institute of HeartMath’s web site beautifully guides you in the following quick coherence technique. You will find this technique in full in their free services page.
- Sit comfortably and close your eyes. Shift your attention to the area of the heart, or the center of your chest. Place a hand on your chest to feel your heart’s beat.
- Breathe slow and deeply. Imagine the air entering and leaving through your heart.
- Remember a time when you felt good inside. Try to re-experience that feeling. Focus on this good feeling as you continue to breathe through the area of your heart.
2. Stress Relief Meditation
Meditation is truly a great way to reduce stress levels when done regularly. How do I meditate? To be honest, I keep editing my techniques.
To be even more honest, I have not made it a daily routine yet. (Did I say I’m perfect?)
This is what I found to be helpful so far:
- Meditate in the same spot, preferably at the same time. Keep this spot clear of electronic equipment. Or to counteract electronics, use lots of plants or a small waterfall.
- 10 minutes a day is really OK.
- Use a technique for mind control and focus that works for you. You can use a mantra, a tone, rosary beads, an affirmation or concentrate on your breathing.
- Focus on what you are doing. Avoid thinking about what happened or what will happen. If your mind wonders, return to your technique as you continue to breath.
If you thought stress was just about the mind, guess again. A lot of the food we eat can actually be a catalyst to stress (junk food anyone?) Read on good stress relief tips for your body.
Good nutrition makes a big difference in how you feel. You may want to incorporate the following anti-stress food (as long as your are not allergic to them of course).
- Drink Tea. Tea contains flavonoids, amino acids and other good things that positively affect your brain's neurotransmitters.
- Eat nuts. High in nutrients that support serotonin production. Almonds are high in stress-busting B vitamins, zinc, vitamin E and antioxidants.
- Eat berries. Berries contain some of nature's most powerful antioxidants making them powerful stress-fighters.
- Eat turkey, pumpkins seeds, spinach, black beans, papaya and bananas. These foods have been shown to produce noticeable calming effects according to Dr. Susan Lark's Hormone Revolution.
4. Stress Relief Vitamins and Supplements
Vitamins A, B Complex, C and E are called the stress vitamins They play a big role in fighting stress. Please consult your doctor when taking any type of supplements. I am not a doctor.
5. Stress Relief Herbs
Besides stress vitamins and minerals, there are other supplements such as stress relief herbs. Ashwagandha or winter cherry is used in Ayurvedic medicine. It may help increase resistance to fatigue, stress and tension, while helping to promote emotional well being.
6. Rescue Remedy Natural Stress Relief
Rescue remedy is a wonderful homeopathic product that I keep at home. It works well to calm your anxious nerves in times of stress, anxiety or depression.
The original Bach Flower essence is a dilution of flower material developed by an Englishman, Edward Bach, in the 1930s. You can find it at your local health food store.
L-Theanine is a special amino acid, the same found in green tea. It helps promote a restful, relaxed state while maintaining daytime alertness. Find it in your health food store. This is another supplement I use.
L-theanine scientifically has shown to support healthy blood pressure levels that are already within normal range. High blood pressure has many times been associated with high stress.
I hope the stress relief tips on this page have been helpful. Visit my stress management information page to find more stress relief tips to implement in your life.