Have you heard of the word stress? Well, obviously you have. If there's one thing that dominates the hustle bustle of our daily life, it is stress. Every single person, from a teenage kid to an adult is bombarded by a constant pressure. Peer pressure, family pressure, pressure from workplace and so on has made our life a tight, suffocating, inescapable maze. Pretty stressing, isn't it?
Stress not only brings a wave of negativity in daily life, but also a lot of unwanted complications. It creates a wedge in human relationships and brings a gradual transformation of polite human behaviour. Not to mention the added health adversities. Today, we are on a constant lookout for stress management techniques. Let's have a look at some of them here-
One of the most effective methods to keep the negative thoughts at bay is meditation. It helps you to focus on the present and lament less about the past or worry about the future. Studies have shown that people who meditate daily have less number of neurons in the amygdala, the fear centre of the brain thus inducing an overall calming effect on the body.
Have you ever experienced a bout of calmness while looking at the rolling waves of the ocean? Well, that's self hypnosis all about. Hypnosis is the act of inducing a trance like state in your body that is characterized by an increased capability of imagination. Various research works have proved the importance of hypnosis in anxiety treatment.
Biofeedback is an effective tool that helps you to manage your breathing, heart rate and blood flow to stop the stress response. By monitoring major body functions like heart rate, blood pressure, brainwave state, skin temperature and muscle tension various mental disorders likeanxiety, ADHD, memory loss and depression can be treated. A large number of brands like Muse and Thync are providing biofeedback devices for personal use.
Aromatherapy is a technique that uses of the scent of essential oils for mental relaxation. Essential oils are widely used for stress and anxiety relief. Lavender, one of the most versatile of all essential oils has antidepressant, anti-anxiety and mind stabilizing properties.
Without even realising it, everyone of us have our favourite stress relieving mechanism. Be it music or dancing or painting or sports, everyone of us indulge in activities that take us away from those nagging thoughts inside our mind.
The mother of all healers. Even the tiniest rustle of leaves or the chirping of birds can make you feel at peace. Whenever you're feeling stressed, go for a long walk in the midst of nature and you'll feel at peace immediately.
Feeling stressed? Grab a mug of coffee. Oh no no- you made a real big mistake there. While caffeine can keep you energised, it also increases the level of stress inducing hormones and restricts blood flow to the brain. On the other hand, green tea contains just the minimal amount of caffeine in addition to l-theanine that stimulates alpha brainwave activity and ECGC, a polyphenol that normalises the effect of the calming neurotransmitter GABA.