5 Ways to Fight Stress in Minutes With Ouija Breathing and Other Techniques
Ouija Breathing And Four Other Yoga Techniques to kill Stress While You Sit at Your Desk
De-Stress Yourself In Minutes
If you sit at a computer most of the day and/or deal with a lot of stress at work, you have to take time to de-stress. Otherwise you'll burn out.
You may feel like a super-hero and think your body is a machine and will keep going and going, but it's not, and it won't. Your bad posture, poor diet and lack of exercise will catch up with you, particularly as you start getting older. How you treat your body, catches up to you. You are human and need to care for both your mind, and body.
I have 6 different ways to de-stress, that work miracles. You can use them all, or just a couple to rejuvenate and get back to conquering the business world.
You can execute these stress killing techniques, in literally minutes.
1 . Ouija Breathing - This Technique Is Almost Instant.
When we experience frustration, stress and anger, we unconsciously hold our breath. Ouija (oo-jai) is a breathing technique used in yoga to regulate breaths, thus creating relaxation.
This technique, requires you to breath and exhale through your nose, while focusing on the sound of your breathing in the throat area. To reach a state of deeper relaxation, you begin to exhale longer than inhaling. The video below provides a five-minute yoga breathing demonstration.
Ouija breathing can be done anytime. You don't have to only do it while you're doing yoga. You can do it on the bus, at your desk, while your watching T.V. etc.
Watch and follow the video for instant relief.
2. Stretch: Get The Kinks Out
Sitting at a desk all day causes a lot of stress to your neck and back.
The video below of Kara Thomas, fitness director at the Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain Resort & Spa, shows you three exercises you can do at your desk.
The video includes:
- Proper posture sitting at a desk
- Neck stretches and exercises
- Shoulder stretches
- Back stretches
Three Stretching Exercises You Can Do At Your Desk
3. Aromatherapy Essential Oils – An Ancient Holistic Way of Fight Stress
Aromatherapy has been used as far back as 4000 bc by the Romans, Greeks, Persians, Chinese, Indians and Egyptians.
Currently it is used in various settings, but generally it is used to promote feelings of well-being and relaxation.
The most popular essential oils for promoting stress relief are:
Lavender: Helps you to relax and relieves minor aches and pains.
Roman Chamomile: Known for its calming effects.
Rose: Alleviates anxiety.
Patchouli: Provides a mixture of relaxation and stimulation.
There are a few ways to inhale the scents. The below technique can be done at your desk. As well, you can carry it with you to use whenever you are feeling stressed.
Put a couple of drops on a paper towel or handkerchief and keep it in a plastic bag to lock the scent in. Put the paper towel to your nose, (avoid skin contact), inhale and exhale deeply with your eyes closed. Repeat this three times.
Caution: The Missouri Poison Center gets numerous calls about essential oil poisonings. "Essential oils can cause allergic reactions, make skin more sensitive to sunlight (increased photosensitivity), and interact with your prescription medications". Please refer to their tips for save use before trying this technique.
4. Visualization Using Music – A Song That Personally Motivates or Inspires You.
This technique involves listening to a song that creates pleasant emotions. As you close your eyes and listen it helps you visualize images, that calm or rejuvenate you.
Although visualization is used in many ways for stress relief and meditation. Learning how to meditate doesn't come naturally or instantly for a lot of us. It takes a lot of practice, which can be stressful.
Although closing your eyes and conjuring up a calming image, doesn't come naturally either, it's a lot easier than meditating.
When you listen to a song that you love. Your brain seems to open up your mind to images that transform your emotions. Not only can you use this technique at your desk, it also requires little, or no mental effort.
Rejuvenating Song I Listen To
For example, when I want to be rejuvenated, one of my favorite songs is “For Those About To Rock” by ACDC. Whether I am starting a project, in the middle of one, or having trouble getting started, this song spurs me.
The best part of the song is when the cannons go off. If you have ever had the pleasure of experiencing this song live, with the fireworks too, it is amazing!
For those about to rock – fire!
We salute you
For those about to rock, we salute you
Those about to rock – fire!
We salute you
We salute you
We salute you
Whenever I hear it, I get goose bumps. This song exhilarated my adolescence and energizes and empowers me now. Instantly, I feel 20 again and can do anything, or at least that's what my mind tells me.
II Divo for Relaxation and Visualization
Another song I listen to for a calming and rejuvenating effect is II Divo, Unchained Melody.
It starts slow and calming then builds and builds to a dramatic conclusion. When I listen to this song it brings up images of places and people I love. Listening to II Divo's version makes the experience much more exotic and easier to visualize.
Listen to the video below to see if this song helps you relax, or listen to your favorite song to de-stress.
Relax and De-Stress With II Divo
5. Exercise To Get Rid Of Stress
Four exercises that can be done at your desk to get your heart pumping are:
- Running on the spot,
- Jumping jacks
Below is a quick video demonstrating how to do a jumping jack properly. It also show you how to do a modified jumping jack that doesn't include jumping.
How to do a Jumping Jack and a Modified Jumping Jack Properly
6. Dancing – The No Brainer Way To Exercise?
Dancing to your favorite song is a great way to get some exercise, that doesn't even feel like work.
Song Examples to Exercise While you Listen
Search these videos on Youtube, or find your own favorite songs.
Shakira: Any video. Try to copy her belly dancing moves. You'll have a blast and will only take a couple of minutes.
Billy Idol: Rebel Yell is a great song for carpel tunnel. If you copy what he does with his wrists in the video, they'll loosen up. Dancing With Myself, Well the title says it all, and it's a song that makes you want to dance.
Guns N' Roses: Welcome to the Jungle is great for arm and shoulder stretches, and leg exercises. Try to copy Axl Rose as he does his signature moves. I bet you can't, but it's fun trying.
Guns N' Roses: Paradise City: Is an excellent song to get your blood pumping in only 6 minutes and 47 seconds. It starts out slow (stretching) then gradually gets faster and then gets really fast. You get a complete work-out in under 7 minutes.
Guns N' Roses - Paradise City
Which Technique Will You Try?
What's Your Favorite Way to De-Stress at Your Desk
What's You Favorite Song
What are your favorite songs to listen to and get your blood pumping?