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9 simple and effective ways to reduce feelings of stress. 


Reduce stress, relaxation, positivity.

9 Ways To Help You Reduce Stress

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We all succumb to mounting pressures and stress at one time or another in our lives. That’s why it’s a good idea to be forearmed with a range of ways to effectively soothe the mind and body.  Here are 9 easy ways to combat stress and set you back on track. 

1. Meditation

Taking the time to develop a regular meditation practice is an excellent way to increase your sense of relaxation and clarity. Meditation can really help clear your mind of unnecessary clutter and help you to more easily find your way towards relaxation and ease. In essence, meditation is about clearing your mind of mental attachments while supporting a deepening sense of connection and awareness to yourself and your environment. There are many approaches that you can take, from breath work, mantras, visualisations, to mindfulness practices—there’s pretty much an approach to suit everyone.

Meditation helps clear the mind and supports a deeper sense of connection and awareness  within ourselves.

2. Mindfulness Exercises

Mindful Exercise disciplines such as Yoga, Pilates, Tai Chi, Qigong, Dance, Swimming, Walking (and many others) are all effective ways to reduce your feelings of stress. Mindful exercise practices offer the ideal approach to exercise through placing equal awareness on the physical, mental and spiritual elements for deeper reaching health benefits. Mindful exercise and maintaining a sense of ‘mindful presence’ is a valuable extension to your meditation practice.

3. Good Sleep Patterns

Let’s face it, sleep deprivation over the long term is stressful! Developing a good sleep routine can be essential to establishing a balanced disposition. Without sufficient sleep, it can be difficult to keep feelings of stress under control. Aim to create a calming sleeping environment and allow ample time to relax and unwind before going to bed. Try not to eat heavy meals or expose yourself to stimulating activities (like computer games, television… and coffee) too close to your bedtime. Instead take the time to gently stretch or practice relaxation or meditation techniques in preparation for sleep.

4. Have fun!

It’s difficult to hold onto feelings of angst and Stress when your having fun—so it makes sense to take every opportunity you can to enjoy yourself and have some fun! Making time for the things that you really enjoy is a great way to trigger feelings of relaxation and ease (think back to your younger ‘carefree’ days). Fun filled activities will help you to forget your troubles and bring you more fully into your awareness and appreciation of the present moment (helping you to let go of past and future worries). 

5. Holistic Relaxation Therapy

Receiving a relaxation massage (be it deep tissue or light and soothing) from a trained professional (or skilled friend) can significantly improve your state of ease. There are so many therapies, therapeutic styles and therapist to choose from Thai massage, facials, reflexology, flotation tank therapy, Cranial Osteopathy (and the list just goes on!). Why not see what’s available in your local area and pick one to start with? Seriously, when was the last time you allowed yourself to be supported and unravelled in this way?

6. Breathing Exercises

Breathing exercises can be a straightforward way of calming the mind and soothing the body. Why not  give it a go? Get yourself into a comfortable position. Take a series of slow deep relaxing breaths (vary the count of the in or out breath until you find a pattern which suits you). Follow the flow of your in-breath and out-breath while noticing the effect of your breathing pattern gently dissipating throughout your entire body.

Breathing exercises are such a great way to release tension and relax. They’re also a perfect introduction to meditation and mindfulness. 

7. Visualisation Exercises

Visualisations can be an effective way to align yourself with a soothing memory or fictional scene of your choice. This enables you to align with an imagined state (with all of its associated good feelings and restorative qualities). Visualisations can be an effective way to let go of tension and stress. Lie down and close your eyes while visualising your chosen scene. Allow yourself plenty of time to see the colours and finer details of the your scene. Immerse yourself into the associated feelings of the given scene. Take the time to connect with the perfect surroundings as fully as you can.

What can you hear, feel and smell? How does it make you feel inside? Imagine that you are actually there, soaking in the experience.

8. Take A Warm Bath

Indulging yourself with a luxurious warm bath is convenient, simple and can be all that you need to restore the balance. So next time you’re feeling tight and full of stress, put away your phone to remove any potential distractions. Pull out all the stops and throw some of your favourite natural aromatherapy oils into the running water (for maximum effusion) and put on your favourite soothing music. Try laying a warm (well wrung) flannel over your face (effused with your chosen oils) to relax any facial muscle tension. You can also take a few minutes to practice your preferred breathing exercise whilst enjoying your soak. 

9. Surround Yourself With Positive People

The effect which others can have on your own sense of buoyancy and ease (or vice versa) can be pretty significant at times. So in your efforts to combat stress, be mindful about who you choose to spend your time with. Also, make the effort to maintain a positive outlook and consider the impact that you might be having on others. Aim to bring good intentions into your exchanges (as much as you possibly can) and watch them come full circle! Besides, when you approach others with good intentions, you will naturally be the first to ‘feel’ benefit from the power and vitality of your good intent.

Who you choose to spend your time with can have a significant effect on your level of positivity and productivity — choose well!



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Kelly Mckay

Kelly Mckay

Registered Osteopath & Integrative Life Coach