Sunday, November 6, 2011

Corporate Health: 10 Stress Relieving Techniques by Anders N W Lindgreen

Print off these techniques or email them through to your employees or colleagues in order to improve the corporate health score in your business.

1. Breathing Exercises

Sit, stand or lie down relaxed. Slowly inhale through your nose while counting to five in your head and then exhale through your mouth while counting to eight. Do this five to ten times to relieve tension or for several minutes as one form of meditation.

2. Physical Exercise

Not only will it allow you to become more physically fit, but it will also distract your attention away from stressful things and give you a chance to let it all out. After at least 20 min of intense exercise your body will release endorphins, which makes you feel happy.

3. Listening

Shutting your eyes and focusing on every single sound you can hear is a great way to shift your attention and allowing yourself to relax. Avoids noisy areas. This is also a great technique if you find it hard to fall asleep. Just open up your bedroom window, close your eyes and pay attention. It sure beats counting sheep!

4. Guided Relaxation

Listening to a relaxation-cd that guides you through vivid visualisations and so-called progressive muscle relaxation can be a great way to cope with stress. It can be done just about anywhere.

5. Time Management

Take 5-10 minutes and write down your most critical tasks for the day. Once you have them give them all a time frame (10 min, 30 min, 45 min) and prioritise according to importance. Usually the tasks you put off are what you really should be finishing first. Try it and you just might find better time management to be invaluable in reducing work related stress!

6. Sex

Having sex is one of the best stress and tension reducers there are, and it’s fun too!

7. Playing Music

Choose music that gives you a really positive feel with a slow to medium tempo. Avoid music that is too fast or frenetic as it may have the opposite effect. It is time to tune in!

8. Meditation

When you meditate, your brain enters an area of functioning that is similar to sleep, but also some added benefits you can’t achieve otherwise, including the release of certain health promoting hormones. Learning to mentally focus on nothingness keeps your mind from working overtime and increasing your stress levels.

9. Vitamins and Antioxidants

A multivitamin and antioxidant supplement can successfully cover your deficiencies in not only stress related vitamins, but the entire spectrum that your body require.

10. Sleep

Sleep helps us cope with stress, helps to repair our body, and improves our memory and even assists in controlling our body weight. A good night’s sleep for an adult should consist of 7-9 h of uninterrupted sleep. Not sleeping actually adds to your stress.