5 Instant Relaxing Moves to Destress

5 Instant Relaxing Moves to Destress

Dr.Neeraj Mehta profile Authored by Dr.Neeraj Mehta on 16 Jul 2015 - 14:25.

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Stress has become a natural part of today’s unhealthy lifestyle. We all feel stressed about something or the other, every day. Be it a positive or a negative situation, extreme stress or over-thinking overloads the mind with negative thoughts, which at times has dire effects on a person's mental and physical well-being. Here are various ways to deal with a stressful situation.

1.    Stress and Breathing:

Breathing is the most important factor in releasing stress, because it has a very strong impact on nervous system. If you can control the way you breathe with a conscious mind, you can increase the activation of your nervous system which promotes relaxation. Taking deep breaths can help you in having lower blood pressure and it also slows down the heart rate, which results in a relaxed mind. Here are few breathing patterns:

a.   Sit straight on a chair or in a comfortable position with your eyes closed. Inhale with a deep breath, hold for 5 seconds and exhale.

b.   Sit in a comfortable position with your back straight. Inhale with one nostril hold for 10 seconds and exhale from the other nostril, then repeat. You can use your thumb to cover one nostril while inhaling and exhaling from the other.

     2.  Stress and Yoga:

Yoga works as a medicine in the process of relaxation. According to a study, Yoga postures are proven to help in releasing tension, having balanced blood pressure and slower heart rate. If practiced regularly you can even enhance your flexibility and your muscle strength.

Few Yoga postures for relaxation:

  • Corpse Pose (Savasana):  Lie down in supine position with body completely relaxed, arms on the ground and your palms facing upwards. During the pose, take long deep breaths as you inhale positive thoughts and exhale negative thoughts. Your focus should only be in your breathing. This posture can be used to give your muscles rest. It is also very helpful if you have trouble falling asleep at night. It is a complete body relaxing pose.
     
  • Extended Puppy Pose (Uttana Shishosana):   Position yourself on your all fours. Now move your upper body forward to a level where your chest is rested on the floor and arms fully extended. Hold this posture for 20 seconds. This is one of the best forward bends that can help as instant stress buster. This pose is scientifically proven in relaxing the body and the mind. It relieves stress while elongating the spine and shoulders.
     
  • Bhujangasana (Cobra Pose): First, lie down in a prone position and keep palms with the level of chest and then lift upper body upward towards the ceiling. This pose releases the tension from the neck muscles and strengthens the spinal cord. It is one of the very effective stress buster pose.

3.    Stress and Food:

Stress and eating go hand-in-hand. When nervous, worried or tensed we tend to rely on food to lift our mood up in any stressed situation. Healthy eating can definitely help you in relaxing your mind instantly, without being worried about eating extra calories. If you feel stressed, try drinking a glass of cranberry juice.

Its healthy antioxidants will help you in having higher energy level and a relaxed mind. Pomegranate also has very effective stress buster benefits. When stressed, you can try a cup of green tea for herbal benefits or a cup of coffee.  Dark chocolates are also considered stress buster snack, because of its richness in flavanols. 

4.   Ear to Shoulder Neck Stretch

Tilt your head, bringing your right ear to your right shoulder until you feel a stretch. Using your left hand, apply slight pressure. You will feel the stretch along the left side of your neck. Similarly repeat this stretch on the left shoulder too.

5. BMXStrength Training:

If after a workout you feel extremely tired or soreness in joints, then there is something wrong with the biomechanical movements and the techniques you are using. Working out should be fun and should be done to relax your muscles and body, only then you can have your desired results. My (Dr. Neeraj Mehta) technique based system of training, known as BMXStrength® training, which focuses on correct biomechanical movements, helps the full body, relax and enhances strength.  
The BMXStrength® exercise techniques guarantees results 4 times faster than the traditional ways. During and after a workout your body and mind is completely relaxed. 

 

*Disclaimer: This is not medical advice. The content is for educational purposes only. Please contact your doctor for any health care issues.