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Mini-relaxations to ease holiday stress

November 23, 2012
  • By Patrick J. Skerrett, Former Executive Editor, Harvard Health

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Patrick J. Skerrett, Former Executive Editor, Harvard Health

Pat Skerrett is the editor of STAT's First Opinion and host of the First Opinion podcast. He is the former editor of the Harvard Health blog and former Executive Editor of Harvard Health Publishing. Before that, he was editor of … See Full Bio
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January 18, 2013

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Amy Bendahan
January 3, 2013

This is a great and practical article. I’ve been practising progressive muscle relaxation for a while now and use that as my main method of stress relief. For those of you like me who also like some music or a visual, especially when first trying out different meditations and relaxation techniques, you can always go to youtube and type in progressive muscle relaxation or meditation etc and you get a plethora of videos that walk you through the process so that you can learn to do it on your own.
Remember, stress is the cause of so many illnesses and disorders that it is crucial that we learn to manage our stress levels to live a healthy life!
Happy New Year and Good Health to All!

Dex Destine
December 16, 2012

One great way to deal with stress is to learn to forgive people. This is important because often times holding grudges may prove to cause you more stress than if you just let it go. Decide for yourself if you are able to move on and try to do it as soon as possible.

Find out what is the cause of your stress and try to eliminate it. There are many different things that may cause you stress in your daily life. By eliminating the problems that are causing you stress then you will not have to deal with that particular stress anymore.

TIP! Aromatherapy can be a very effective way of reducing stress. The sense of smell is very powerful.
A great tip that can help you relieve stress is to try and help out other people as often as you can. Helping other people is a great way to feel relaxed and good about yourself. You’ll be keeping your stress levels down and helping someone at the same time.

Millicent Curtis
December 5, 2012

Great article. It’s important that we learn to slow down and take of ourselves.

Sheryl Schaefer
November 27, 2012

What a great article, thanks! I particularly love the idea of massaging the face – had never thought of that and certainly so much of our tension gets trapped there as we clench our teeth or frown.

Pamela Ames-McGrath
November 25, 2012

Having taught breathing for over thirty years to doctors, scientists, academics in Oxford & Cape Town, believe me the only way to teach the art- and it is an art – is by using the diaphragm. No one wants over- developed stomach muscles. Swing the ribs up & outwards keeping shoulders low, not lifted, and breathe in through nose, out through mouth. Singers love it. Actors use it. Doctors say it’s perfect. Try!

November 25, 2012

thanks for sharing,GOOD ARTICLE

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