Recently, I have been facing some really stressful and peculiar situations in my professional life. These stressful situations have not only made to start smoking more but I have become very emotional. Although, there are certain situations that we, as human beings, cannot control such as: jealous co-workers or being underpaid or narcissistic evil bosses. But we can try and LEARN how to control our own feelings and reactions.
I have listed a few FREE personal techniques that I use, instead of smoking and drinking which will cause harm to my body in the long room that will help bring inner peace to my soul and mind.
- I learned how to do deep breathing while chanting the words; peace, happiness and joy. I sometime close my eyes while doing this deep breathing chanting technique. “Deep breathing is not only relaxing, it's been scientifically proven to affect the heart, the brain, digestion, the immune system — and maybe even the expression of genes.”
- I also sometime listen to meditation music or music that you find to be relaxing. I sing or hum this music to myself and it brings happiness to me. “In 2011, Sara Lazar and her team at Harvardfound that mindfulness meditation can actually change the structure of the brain: Eight weeks of Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) was found to increase cortical thickness in the hippocampus, which governs learning and memory, and in certain areas of the brain that play roles in emotion regulation and self-referential processing.”
- Dancing is another one of my favorite things to do. I love to break a sweat doing hip hop and ballet dancing. “Music stimulates the brain’s reward centers, while dance activates its sensory and motor circuits. Dance has been found to be therapeutic for patients with Parkinson’s disease.”
- I love to exercise to my stress away. As most of us have learned that exercise is not only good for the physical body but also for the mind and helps improve your mood. “Physical activity helps bump up the production of your brain's feel-good neurotransmitters, called endorphins.”
Lastly, I love to get in the sauna especially after I work out. “According to New York Times best-selling author and fitness expert Jorge Cruise – as well as many other health professionals – the more stressed you are, the more cortisol your body produces. Cortisol is a “fight or flight” hormone made in the adrenal glands that raises heart rate and blood pressure and leads to the deposit of excess calories in the midsection. Scientific evidence also shows that infrared sauna therapy helps the body maintain healthy levels of cortisol. While cortisol levels stay the same or rise slightly during a sauna therapy session, they drop immediately afterward. In fact, infrared saunas have been clinically shown to reduce both systolic and diastolic blood pressure with regular use.”
I hope my techniques have been helpful and truly benefits someone else in their stressful times!
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