Be Your Best Self: Relax, Relax, Relax

 

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Even those who have nutrition, exercise, and supplementation under control can suffer from increased long-term health risks due to chronic stress. Don’t be that person! Take time to yourself, leave your phone home from time to time, and let your mind unwind.

Follow these tips to stop stress in its tracks today!

  • Don’t underestimate the power of a moment alone. Taking ten minutes to yourself can help hit ‘reset’ on all the troubles of the day. Take a walk around the block. Leave the phone behind!

  • A family yoga session can open up the muscles, allow you to breathe, and help you bond with the loved ones, all at the same time.

  • Consider meditating a few minutes every day. According to New York physician Dr. Kulkarni, meditation automatically reduces heart rate, lowers blood pressure, reduces muscle tension, and improves breathing.

  • Listening to music, hitting the gym, or even something as simple as loading pictures from your favorite vacation onto your work computer can go a long way in knocking out stress.

  • WellnessFX practitioner Kathie Madonna Swift, RD, MS suggests seeking the great outdoors this holiday season. “Being in nature, whether it is taking a long hike, rollerblading, biking, kayaking or swimming in a pristine lake is nourishing to your body, mind and spirit,” she says. “Make a point to step outdoors each and every day this summer and take in the sights, sounds and scents of this soothing season.”

  • Ten deep breaths can go a long way in relieving immediate stress, says WellnessFX practitioner Janelle Deeds. Dr. Andrew Weill, a physician who focuses on integrative medicine, states that “practicing regular, mindful breathing can be calming and energizing and can even help with stress-related health problems ranging from panic attacks to digestive disorder.”

If you have 7 minutes a day to spare, you have time to relax. Dr. Amyee Coget, founder of The Happiness Makeover™ Training Program, suggests the following to clear your mind:

  1. Get a meditation song you love that is about 7 minutes long.

  2. Play this song while laying down. Place one hand on your heart and one on your belly.

  3. Now empty yourself. Release all thoughts, all emotions and all physical sensations.

If you really have no time, try Dr. Weill’s following 4-7-8 Breathing Exercise:

  • Exhale completely through your mouth, making a whoosh sound.

  • Close your mouth and inhale quietly through your nose to a mental count of four.

  • Hold your breath for a count of seven.

  • Exhale completely through your mouth, making a whoosh sound to a count of eight.

  • This is one breath. Now inhale again and repeat the cycle three more times for a total of four breaths.

The posts on this blog are for information only, and are not intended to substitute for a doctor-patient or other healthcare professional-patient relationship nor do they constitute medical or healthcare advice of any kind. Any information in these posts should not be acted upon without consideration of primary source material and professional input from one's own healthcare professionals.