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Saturday, May 10, 2008

How to Zap Stress

For the past several days I've been fighting a migraine and tension headache that keeps threatening to take over. My head, shoulders and neck hurt, and any sudden or loud noise is like stabbing me in the head. Although I've tried to physically relax I know that I haven't done it because when I wake up in the morning I am sore from being so tense.

A lot of people have different ways they recommend to relieve stress. The most interesting thing I've heard of so far is the Stress Eraser, which they talked about on The View the other day. From what I understand, it's a device that regulates your breathing. Although that sounds great, I don't think it's something I'll spend my money on.

At WholeFitness.com they recommend some quick ways to relieve stress and here are a few from their list:

Take a catnap - Just 10 minutes can be refreshing. I don't know if this works for me or not, usually when I do get a chance to get some sleep I want a minimum of 30 minutes to an hour.

Visualization - Take a quick "mental break" by envisioning your favorite place. Concentrate on what you would see, smell and hear if you were really there. Although I've always liked to daydream I haven't been able to get a good one in because my mind is so busy with everything I have to do and everything that needs to be paid.

Massage - Close your eyes and use your fingertips to vigorously massage your forehead and the back of your neck in a hard and circular motion. This helps me a little bit... I think it would work a lot better if someone else could do it for me.

Concentrate on breathing - Increased tension results in rapid, shallow breathing so to relax inhale slowly, hold your breath then exhale slowly. I'll have to try this more often to see if it works.

Sing in the shower - Loud singing demands deep breathing, which relaxes the singer. So, hold the notes for as long as you can. If nothing else this sounds entertaining and a good laugh will help with relaxation.

Stretch - Standard stretching exercises are good for relieving tension. I have found that a good stretch in the morning works wonders for the tension.
                                                                                                                                                                   
 























Let me know if any of these stress relievers work for you and share your own in the comments.
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