Study after study has proven that stress is a major risk factor for the development of serious health conditions. While severe or chronic stress needs medical attention, there are many steps you can take to help relieve stress. Although it’s possible to manage stress on your own, it is necessary to know when to seek help. For example, if stress is pushing you into depression, self-isolation and even suicidal thoughts, it is time to seek mental health help from a qualified professional. The following are several proven stress management techniques:
1. Meditation for stress relief
Meditation is one of the most recognized relaxation techniques. During stress, the hormones that prepare us for handling an emergency situation are continuously elevated. Meditation helps to bring back the body’s systems and mind into sync. Meditation helps to stabilize the heart rate and blood pressure. It helps to relax tense muscles and triggers your immune system. Meditation helps you to face situations that commonly cause stress. This includes worry about the future (helps you focus on the present), illnesses and poor self-image.
- Guided meditation
- Qi gong
- Transcendental meditation
- Tai chi