We don’t realize the level of stress our bodies are under most of the time. We are so used to living a fast paced life that when we feel we are relaxed we are actually still in a state of stress. For most of us we have been in a stressful environment for most of our lives, that we can no longer identify a true state of relaxation. My desire with this tip article is to bring you to this awareness and help you to find ways to lower the stress level in your lives step by step.

The first and most important step in this process is the awareness that our bodies are under an extreme level of stress from numerous sources. We are stressed by our environment, toxins, and emotional, mental and physical sources. We feel pressure to excel in work, sports, family life and obligations both chosen and those placed upon us by outside sources. This is life in the real world; it is difficult to step away from these stresses. So we need to learn ways to handle and reduce the stresses in our lives gently and without putting additional pressure on ourselves. There is no right or wrong way to achieve this, only a willingness to be aware of what you are feeling in any moment and a desire to do something about it.

Here are three tips to try and implement into your life on a daily basis. Practice these whether you feel stressed or not. You will notice a difference in your day to day activities, plus you have just helped your body to de-stress (di-stress).

Every 60 minutes (or more frequently if you are really stressed or under pressure) stop what you are doing and place your hands on your knees. Take a deep breath in through your nose for the count of 5, hold it for a count of 5, release through your mouth for a count of 5, and then hold for a count of 5 before your next in breath. Repeat these breaths for a total of 5 rounds. If you find a count of 5 too long a period to start, use a count of 3 and work up to 5. You will notice that to perform this simple conscious act of breathing requires your full attention. Your body has a short break to help de-stress and relax.

This takes me to my next tip:

Most of us are extremely effective at multi-tasking. We may be able to multi-task and we appear to be accomplishing our work, but the quality of the work we put forth is not 100%. When you are totally focused on one particular task the work actually is performed more effectively with less chance of errors or omissions. When we try to accomplish two or more tasks at the same time we are splitting our focus and attention. Neither task is completed effectively or as efficiently as possible. It also puts our body under additional stress when we try to do too much at one time. Create a list of what needs to be accomplished. Prioritize the list of tasks to be done. Start at the most important task and work your way down doing one task exclusively at a time. If you suddenly think of something else that needs to be done, add it to your list and return to the task at hand. When you place your full consciousness on the task at hand you help your body to de-stress and relax.

My final tip.

We all have breaks at work during the day. When we are under stress we tend to shorten our breaks or we meet with our co-workers and talk about work or the task at hand. The reason we have these rest periods is to rest and relax, to remove our focus from the work at hand and take a time out. Starting now, when it is your break time – TAKE IT! Leave your work at your desk and take a walk outside if possible. This would be your best possible option, but it is not always feasible. Meet someone at the water cooler and have a short chat. But don’t talk about work, don’t think about work. Make it a conscious act to give your mind and your body a break from work. You will be amazed in the beginning how difficult it is to be with your co-workers and not talk about work. You don’t need to talk about your personal life, but you can talk about positive and pleasant topics. A beautiful sunrise or sunset you saw or a wonderful beach or place you heard about. It will take effort initially to get into the habit. Tell your co-workers that you would prefer not to talk about work on your breaks. You will help them to de-stress and they will also have the opportunity to find alternative topics of conversation for you to share. When you return to your work you will be refreshed and ready to continue on your next task.

Practice these short tips everyday even when you are at home. You will find your mood will lift and you will be more relaxed. Next month I will give you a few more tips to help you de-stress and relax. May you have a more relaxing and enjoyable month.

Yours in health and well-being, Carol

I would love your feedback on the tips above. If you have any additional tips you would like to share, feel free to email me at arianmor@gmail.com

Author's Bio: 

Carol has been involved in holistic therapies and healing on a personal level since 1985 after suffering stress burnout in her job.

From that low point she has gone on to learn and promote health, well being and improved quality of life. Her burning desire is to improve the work life balance for individuals and assist them in re-connecting with their true power and potential for greatness.

With her rich personal experience and natural intuitive healing abilities she assists other through workshops, meditations, webinars, radio, meditation, group coaching and intuitive counselling and private consultations in person or through the internet.