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10 easy tips to reduce stress

When reading up on stress you find many answers and it is of course both personal and also depending on the reason to why you are stressed. Here are 10 tips on how to reduce stress. These are easy to do, unless your stress i s acute. If you feel acute stress or if stress becomes a recurrent problem however I do urge you to find professional help from a therapist of some sort.

1 Breath. Breathing is our best way to control our puls and reconnect with our bodies. Slow down your breathing and simply concentrate on inhale-exhale, inhale-exhale.

2 Hold on to your finger and breath slowly. One at a time. And do the same with all your fingers. Focus on how it feels in each finger as you hold on to it. Bild 2013-02-15 kl. 13.30 #2

3 Slow walks during daylight. If you have any kind of nature close by, then walk there.

4 Put on a piece of calming music and move with it. Press your feet to the ground, even stomp if you feel like it. A bonus if you have bare feet.

5 Drink water. When we are stressed we tend to dehydrate so make sure to rehydrate regularly.

6 Add extra nutrition. It is extremely important that you get more and proper nutrition. When we are stressed the body burns large amounts of nutrients, especially B vitamins and magnesium. Regular exercise,but avoid high intensity exercise if you are very stressed or suffering from chronic fatigue syndrome. Try slow yoga, body balance or other activities that will help you bring down your heart rate, but also helps the body to carry out waste products. Do not forget to drink water!

7 Eat or drink something as quickly as possible in the morning. It could be a fruit or a glass of milk if there is some time before breakfast. The reason is that the body otherwise soon begins to “look to economize” with your energy and eventually becomes stressed and starts producing cotisol.

8 Eat regularly. This will help the system to relax as our bodies know when it will get food the next time. Also the risk of missing a meal or to stress eat will be much easier to control.

9 Put on a piece of music that you know well – sing along. Sing out as loud as you dare!

10 Physical touch. Hug a friend, a partner, your child, a cat or a dog. Also tactile massage can work if it’s a place and a person you feel safe with.

These tips are gathered from my own experience. Some of them were originally from professionals. Here are two links, the second one  all in Swedish I’m sorry.

Magdalena Persson, licensed, clinical psychologist and professional dancer. Owner of Mind In Movement.

Ann Marie Jacobsson, therapist and career coach. Owner of Av vikt.

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6 comments on “10 easy tips to reduce stress

  1. Michelle Liew
    February 15, 2013

    I love this, Matilda!! Great tips on stress relief….especially the importance of song. Music is surely one of the best ways to reduce stress!

    • Vitality2day
      February 15, 2013

      So glad you liked it! Yes, I love music and singing and dancing! It is one of those things that makes my whole being – head, body, soul and spirit – melt into one! 🙂

  2. Magdalena Persson
    February 15, 2013

    Very good advice, Matilda, on how to handle stressymptoms!!! I’d like to add that you should try and do the above mentioned advices as slowly as possible – or as slow as you can stand to do it… Thank you!

    • Vitality2day
      February 15, 2013

      Thank you! That is a great reminder and something I need to keep reminding myself 🙂

  3. Evans Tang
    February 16, 2013

    Thanks Matilda for sharing with us how to reduce stress! I also learned through experience to not take things so personally/ seriously, and that helps with stress management too.

    • Vitality2day
      February 16, 2013

      I agree! I really helps. Thank you for sharing 🙂

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