Stress isn’t fun. Despite our best efforts, it gets the best of us sometimes. Unfortunately, stress is known to cause, or exacerbate, a number of health issues (including arthritis). For this reason, it should be everyone’s priority to do what they can to eliminate or reduce stress. Luckily, there’s an easy way to do it that only requires one thing… your mind!
Mind techniques for Reducing Stress
Many stress reduction techniques involve isolating thoughts and focusing on only one thing at a time. We all know that stress usually accompanies the endless lists and thoughts racing about our mind. When this happens there are a few things you can do:
- Go outside and take a few deep breaths. Focus on the weather – your surroundings – and be aware how these stimuli affect your senses.
- Mediate at the beginning or end of each day. Pick a silent room where you can be alone and sit, as still as possible, for at least 15 minutes. Try to only think about an object or place during this time.
- Eat something healthy. Eat slowly and think about every bite. How does the food taste? What color is it?
- Whether at work, or you’re doing something physically or mentally demanding in general, take a five minute break every hour to get in-tune with your body.
You’ll notice the majority of these techniques involve focusing your mind on each specific moment. Trying to think about many things at once, including what needs to be done in the future, is a major cause of stress. So be mindful – reducing your stress levels reduces certain ailments, which means these techniques can act as a type of all natural joint pain relief.
While we all need a bit of time to contemplate our duties and what needs to be accomplished, it is better to segregate this activity into an allotted time period each day. This way, you can focus on what’s at hand for the remainder of the day. Maintaining a planner by writing things down can also help keep your mind at ease!
How do you cope with stress each day?
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