10 Tips to help Alleviate Stress and Tension

Here are 10 tips to help alleviate stress and tension. You may wish to try some for yourself and use those that you find beneficial.

Try to visualize you own ideal stress free situation and concentrate on this image for three to four minutes. For example picture an open window through which all your problems are passing then replace this by an image that gives you a sense of peace and well-being such as floating on a cloud or stretching out on a beach with the water lapping at your toes.

When tense or agitated most people tend to breathe shallowly providing the body with insufficient oxygen. Lie flat on the floor or sit in a comfortable position and breathe in through the nose slowly and deeply for a count of three, hold for three then breathe out through the mouth for three. Continue doing this for three to four minutes making sure all the muscles are relaxed.

Shixuan points found on the fingertips can be used to help all acute problems. Press with the opposite hand as near to the nail as possible then repeat with the other hand – this has a good calming effect.

Tap your chest and smile a very big smile to stimulate the thymus gland and lymphatic system. The movement of bending your wrist while tapping your chest will pump your lymph fluids whilst smiling and tapping your chest will send renewed energy to your thymus. Your thymus and lymph glands help by changing proteins in your blood into sugar for instant energy.

Pinch the area between the thumb and forefinger about 2cm into the palm for three seconds and repeat or massage this area with circular movements for several seconds. This point stimulates the adrenal glands and should reduce any excess stress hormones in the body.

Clasp both hands together with the fingers entwined and press all the reflexes between the fingers seven times. Close your eyes and breathe deeply. As you inhale squeeze your hands together pressing the reflexes as you exhale relax the squeeze and your whole body. Repeat as needed. This is a natural method of pressing and stimulating natures relaxing buttons on the opposite hand.

Place the middle finger of the right hand into the hollow recess at the back of the head, just below the skull and hold for a slow count of three and release, repeat this several times.

Shrug your shoulders up to your ears and back down, repeat several times.

Shrug your shoulders up to your ears and then push backwards, relax and repeat several times.

Shake your hands vigorously for fifteen seconds from the wrist as though trying to shake water from them.

These steps will improve circulation and release tension from the body.

Place the thumb of your right hand into the center of the palm on your left hand. Press your thumb firmly into the palm and then release, repeat this several times then using slow circular movements massage your thumb up to the base of each finger and back into the palm of the hand. Change hands and repeat. This is the reflex area to your Solar Plexus, which will aid the nervous system and the whole body to relax.

Hold a golf ball in your hand and clasp your hands together interlinking fingers. Roll the ball over the palms of your hands. This works most of the reflexes within the body and will promote relaxation. Try the palm of the hand below the thumbs to relieve headaches and tension.

Sit comfortably in a chair and place your bare feet onto the top of a foot massager or tin of baked beans. Roll the massager or the tin from the tips of your toes to your heels and repeat as required. This works most of the reflexes within the body and promotes relaxation and a feeling of well-being.


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