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5 Ways to Fight Stress in Minutes With Ouija Breathing and Other Techniques

Updated on August 8, 2018
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Ouija Breathing And Four Other Yoga Techniques to kill Stress While You Sit at Your Desk

Are you stressed? De-Stress with Ouija Breathing and four other yoga techniques.
Are you stressed? De-Stress with Ouija Breathing and four other yoga techniques. | Source

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.

Ouija Breathing

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

Essential oils and aroma therapy, releases stress in seconds.
Essential oils and aroma therapy, releases stress in seconds. | Source

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

De-stress and do jumping jacks, run in the spot, crunches and lunges at your desk.
De-stress and do jumping jacks, run in the spot, crunches and lunges at your desk. | Source

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
  • Lunges
  • Crunches.

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

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What's You Favorite Song

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    • KoraleeP profile imageAUTHOR

      Koralee Phillips 

      4 years ago from Vancouver British Columbia Canada

      Thanks Danny :D I'm glad it helped...sitting a computer all day definitely has it's disadvantages. I checked out your video, it's quite interesting. I'll give it a try as I work and see if it helps with my creativity.

    • KoraleeP profile imageAUTHOR

      Koralee Phillips 

      8 years ago from Vancouver British Columbia Canada

      Thank you skye2day,I really appreciate your comment.

    • kenneth avery profile image

      Kenneth Avery 

      8 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama

      I agree with you, skye2day! This IS 'literary medicine,' for all of us who are BFF's with stress.

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      8 years ago from Rocky Mountains

      I Love it this is a great reminder for me to take 5 it is OK. IN fact as stated one actually gets more done by breaking and taking care of self. The picture put laughter on my heart. I like the oil idea. I have done a bit of music in the background for me that does not work to well I get distracted. Peace girl. up and awesome Great hub here koralee.

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      Kenneth Avery 

      8 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama

      HELLO, KoraleeP! I just sent you a thank you note for following me. You are a very nice lady. Or person, in politically-correct talk. Either way. I like you and your work. Hamilton is quaint. We have the usual water tanks that supply our town with water. A fire department, a police department, an elementary school, middle school and a high school (which I graduated from in '72 Yay!) and a Hardee's, KFC, Subway, Asian Wok, McDonald's, BK, and a Huddle House. We may be small, but we eat rather well. I personally invite YOU to visit us anytime. I will be glad to give you a FREE tour as I know our mayor personally. Well, I know most all in Hamilton personally. Take care and keep up the great work. Sincerely, KENNETH

    • KoraleeP profile imageAUTHOR

      Koralee Phillips 

      8 years ago from Vancouver British Columbia Canada

      Hi Kenneth! I Guess people aren't stressed. Thank you for your kind words. Thanks for the follow and fan too. Hamilton sounds like a great little place. I look forward to reading your hubs.

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      Kenneth Avery 

      8 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama

      OCT. 25, 2011//10:19 P.M.//CST

      HELLO, KoraleeP! Why are there not any more comments on this hub? This hub is GREAT! Voted up and away. I really like your writing style and this subject: STRESSED, is me. I am suffering from Accelerated Fibromyalgia and Neurothopy. Both are inscurable. I take meds and get spinal shots every 3 months and crowds and loud noises freak me out! Talk about STRESS! Ican tell you some horror stories. But out of respect for you, I wont. Would it be okay with you if I am a fan and a follower? I would love that. Respectfully, KENNETH AVERY, from a rural town, Hamilton, in northwest Alabama that makes you think of Mayberry, the little town on the Andy Griffith Show. Nice to meet you on Hubs!


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