Meditation/ Guided Imagery
Both Meditation and Guided Imagery are mental techniques that allow the mind to calm. There are many forms of each and many websites that offer free guided sessions. Most importantly- There is no right or wrong way to do this. Taking 3 minutes to focus on just your breathing can have a relaxing effect and is a form of Mindful Meditation.
Exercise has been referred to as a nature's antidepressant for some time. This is due to exercise's innate ability to activate endorphins to calm us throughout our day and promote sleep. Yoga specifically is a beneficial exercise for stress relief because it combines many reduction techniques into one, such as breathing and meditation.
Anyone who has ever attended a Sound Bath or Drum Circle can attest to the ability of music to provide relaxation. Of course, playing an instrument or listening to soothing music can also have the same effect. But did you know that music also works on the body at a molecular level to help healing?
Acupressure and acupuncture help relieve stress by reducing tension and toxins in the body's muscles. Unlike acupuncture, acupressure allows
Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT), also known as Thought Field Therapy (TFT) or Tapping is a form of acupressure in which one can tap pressure points in a specified sequence to elicit stress and pain reduction.
Many of us may have had the experience of having a pleasant memory rush back to us at the acknowledgement of a familiar scent. Aromatherapy has been used for over 3500 years to elicit positive emotional states. Some research shows it can be extremely helpful for stress by lowering cortisol levels, reduce nausea, and promote sleep.
Misc. other techniques
There are MANY more everyday things that can be techniques that can help manage your stress. Alone time, social time, hobbies, being organized, proper nutrition, adequate sleep, journaling, massage...the list goes on.
Below are a few more that you may not have heard before but may be worth exploring for you: