Stress Relief Techniques - a Short Survey

Stress is one of the principal problems that we all deal with today. We all suffer from stress, both the good and bad kinds and the stress we bear has a heavy effect on our bodies, emotions and minds.

If you are feeling harassed, depleted by fatigue or just having a miserable day, the best thing to do is to relax and take it easy. Stress can be a contributory cause of high blood pressure, heart disease and strokes. Another reason why we ought to relax is because hormones are produced when we are stressed that will suppress the immune system. Relaxation provides the immune system time to recover and so that it can perform more efficiently.

Watching television may well be a form of relaxation for some, but it isn't a way suggested by professionals. While we watch television we are bombarded with ads, violence, sounds. As a result how do we achieve relaxation?

Investigations into the Effects of Stress

In recent studies,  experts have found that heart disease is linked to rage and irritability is connected to many different kinds of mental stress. Excess stress can bring about reduced blood supply to the heart that may bring about a heart attack. Relaxation takes on added significance in light of these research results. Managing your anger and outlook is significant to your heart's health, and relaxation can aid you in managing stress.


An alternative report on acupuncture, seems to indicate that a decrease in high blood pressure can be achieved by initiating several chemical changes in the brain, which brings about the release of the hormones known as endorphins. Endorphins also help to decrease muscle tension, ease panic, enhance good feeling, relieve pain, and lessen anxiety.


Yoga is a brilliant stress relief technique that can help to achieve relaxation and may have comparable effects to acupuncture. In one research study, participants were subjected to five to ten minutes of mental stress. Next they were asked to perform various relaxation procedures such as listening to pleasant music or natural sounds such as waterfalls or to do some Yoga exercises. Only the individuals using Yoga notably reduced the time it took for their blood pressures to return to normal.


Another simple way to accomplish relaxation is to do exercises. The stress relief exercise which works best for you will be determined by various factors which includes your how fit you are, your age and preferences. Running, swimming, and aerobics are some exercises that can be marvelous to aid you in alleviating stress. Vigorous exertion also releases those endorphins that we mentioned above, as well as other neurotransmitters which are known to improve your mood and also help you to feel relaxed. If you feel tense, 30 minutes of working out will frequently settle things down.

Have a Massage

One fantastic means of relaxing is to have a massage. To achieve complete relaxation, you need to fully give in to the treatment and touch of a specialized therapist. There are several types of massages that give different levels of relaxation.

Transcendental Meditation

One system of relaxation is transcendental meditation. Current research has revealed that this technique might diminish artery blockage, which is a foremost source of stroke and heart attacks. People practice transcendental meditation by repeating soothing sounds while meditating, in order to achieve complete relaxation. Research found that those who used transcendental meditation can significantly diminish arterial wall thickness in comparison to those who do not perform this relaxation method.

In Conclusion

These techniques are just several of the methods by which you should be able achieve relaxation. Relaxation is beneficial for everyone so select a technique that you feel at ease with and practice it methodically. It will not only diminish your stress but will benefit your general wellbeing and even help you to sleep better.

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Investor Jim 7 years ago from Canada

I guess I'm one of the lucky few who don't stress too easily. I just don't sweat the small stuff I guess. Even around exam time I just think to myself "nothing THAT bad is going to happen"

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joyrb 7 years ago from UK Author

I've become much less stressed as I've got older. I think once you've got through stressful situations a few times you start to think 'hey that wasn't so bad after all' and next time it's easier to remember that instead of getting stressed.Then again maybe it's because I don't have children at home any more to stress me out!!

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