5 techniques to relieve stress

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5 techniques to relieve stress

According to the latest figures, 29% of the British people often or always feel stressed. This a surprisingly high number but with the demands of modern day life, we are constantly on the go.

After an intense day at work and with the pace of modern day life, it can be very difficult to take time out to practice some techniques that will help relieve stress.

Here are our top 5 which take 15 minutes only:

 

1. Meditate

According to psychologist Robbie Maller Hartman, PhD, a Chicago health and wellness coach, just a few minutes of practice per day can help ease anxiety: “Research suggests that daily meditation may alter the brain’s neural pathways, making you more resilient to stress,”

Jung Shim tip:

Sit up straight with both feet on the floor. Close your eyes. Focus your attention on reciting, out loud or silently, a positive phrase about yourself. E.g. “I feel at peace” or “I love myself.” Place one hand on your belly and be sure to sync the phrase with each breath you take. The aim here is to let any distracting thoughts leave your mind.

If you're still unsure, read our blog on 5 meditation myths that shouldn't hold us back.
 

2. Breathe deeply

This also applies to the first step and is a general rule for life. Although it may sound strange, we all breathe, but not everyone does it properly. Take a 5 minute break every day to prioritise mastering the correct technique. “Deep breathing counters the effects of stress by slowing the heart rate and lowering blood pressure,” says psychologist Judith Tutin, PhD.

Jung Shim tip:

Sit up straight, eyes closed, with a hand on your belly. Slowly inhale through your nose, feeling the breath start in your abdomen and work its way to the top of your head. Reverse the process as you exhale through your mouth.
 

3. Be present

What do we mean by this? Slow down and spend time in the moment and focus on your senses; this should help you release a lot of tension.

Jung Shim tip:

Simple. Take 5 minutes in any activity to focus on just one sensation that you experience. It may be the wind on your face as you walk, or the texture and taste of each bite of food. The aim here is to take the simplest of things and learn to appreciate them.
 

4. Call on a friend

Sharing what's going on is cathartic, it helps others to understand us more and so creates stronger bonds to those closest to us. Whether it’s your friends, family or better half, sharing what’s going on can help put your problems into perspective.

 

5. Listen to your body

Mentally scan your body to get a sense of how stress affects it each day. “Simply be aware of places you feel tight or loose without trying to change anything,” Tutin says.

Jung Shim tip:

Sit with your legs crossed or if on a chair, with your feet on the floor. Start at your toes and work your way up to your scalp, noticing how your body feels. For 1 to 2 minutes, imagine each deep breath flowing to that body part. Repeat this process as you move your focus up your body, paying close attention to sensations you feel in each body part.

 

Jung Shim

At Jung Shim, our personal energy plans help to release tension, stress and worries whilst recharging the batteries. The Jung Shim method originated in South Korea more than 40 years ago and it draws on the use of traditional Eastern medicine and Qi (energy) for modern day issues. It helps us regain our connection to our original energy source so we are better equipped to deal with life’s challenges.