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Managing Stress

 

The following are some ways by which the stress can be reduced.

Humour

Regarding stress management, the experts recommend keeping a sense of humour during stressful or difficult situations. Because laughing helps to release the muscle tension and also helps a person maintain perspective.

Simple activities such as watching a movie which is funny, watching a comedian's routine, or sharing time with the humorous friend can provide a psychological lift and helps to releive stress.

Hobbies

Hobbies or regular leisure activities are important in reducing the stress. Many people benefit from making time for positive leisure pursuits rather than, spending time watching television in the evening for example. Although that too,can be reaxing to some degree.The relaxing hobbies can include gardening, painting, photography, carpentry, collecting, and many others.

Meditation

Meditation is becoming more widely accepted worldwide as a relaxation technique. Because Meditation reduces heart rate, blood pressure, adrenalineEpinephrine , which is the hormone that serves as a stimulant in the body - increasing blood pressue and heart rate, among other roles.

There are variety of meditation techniques that share a common goal, to acheive relaxation by clearing the mind of stressful outside interferences. It involves achieving a state of consciousness in which the individual focuses on a single thing such as a key word, image, or sound. Its techniques rely on quiet surroundings, still still, and a repetitive mental pattern. Some of the various techniques are taught through religious and nonreligious organizations.

Biofeedback

This provides a way for people to learn to control activities over which they normally have no awareness, such as heart rate and muscle tension. This method is considered by many health professionals to be a valuable therapeutic tool for reducing stress. Biofeedback involves no discomfort and no risk.

It relies on sensitive electronic equipment. Sensors are placed on the body at various locations to measure skin temperature and muscle activity. The sensors are attached to a monitor that detacts fluctuations when a person is anxious and displays signals in the form of beeps or light flashes. By watching the monitor, a person learns to control the stressful responses.

Massage Therapy

Massage is the gentle practice of manipulating the body's tissues in order to soothe and heal.
It is one of the most ancient of the healing arts, and more people today are relying on it for natural, drug-free relief from the effects of busy, overstressed lives. Massage can relax the entire body and provide new energy that lingers long after the massage is over.

A number of research studies have shown that massage reduces heart rate, lowers blood pressure, increases blood circulation and lymph flow, relaxes muscles, improves range of motion, and increases the production of endorphins, which are the body's own natural painkillers. There are a number of massage therapy techniques, including Swedish massage and Shiatsu.

Massages can be for the full body or particular areas of the body, such as the back and shoulders. Some people choose to wear some clothing during a massage; others prefer to undress or use a dressing gown. During a massage, the person is warmly covered, and only the part of the body on which the therapist is working is uncovered.

 


 
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