14 Ways To Take The Stress Away…Part 2

14 Ways To Take The Stress Away…… Part 2

What is Stress?

Stress is your body’s way of responding to a physical or emotional demand.  Everyone experiences increased stress levels at one time or another.  In fact, the body’s ability to react to stressful situations and deal with threats is critical to our survival.  However, when one is under long term stress caused by on-going situations such as work or family problems, financial concerns, etc. the body will be in a constant heighten state – a state which has harmful effects on many bodily systems including the immune system, cardiovascular system, endocrine system, reproductive system to name just a few.

So below is part 2 of my 2 part stress article, if you haven’t read part 1 yet click here….

Enjoy !……

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8.kiss someone

As well as the self-esteem boost you get from a good old snog, Kissing is a known stress-reliever. Studies say that Passionate kissing relieves tension, reduces negative energy and produces a sense of wellbeing, lowering your cortisol ‘stress’ hormone.

So if you ever needed an excuse to give a loved one a kiss, now’s the time!

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9.have sex:

This one is definitely one of the more fun stress relievers and is my personal favourite , Sex can be a fantastic stress reliever, as it incorporates many other stress relief ingredients such as breathing, touch and social connection.  With orgasm endorphins and other beneficial chemicals are released, leaving you positively stress free.

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10.Exercise:

Physical Activity helps in Bumping up your feel good neurotransmitters, your endorphins. These little beauties are what leave us feeling amazing after a good workout. Although exercise increases your endorphin output, it still put the body under stress when done in long slow bouts, my suggestion would be using short and sharp exercise sessions.

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11.Listen to music:

Listening to soothing music that relaxes your body and elevates your mind can significantly reduce how much stress you feel. Relaxation music helps you connect to your inner peace. When you quiet your thoughts and feel your source of peace within, it’s like having a stress-proof field around you. Reducing stress not only makes you feel much better, it can also bring improved health.

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12. Visualisation

There are numerous effective ways to use visualization to relieve stress. This technique is great for people who feel a significant amount of general stress and would like to quickly feel more relaxed. It can work just about anywhere and takes only a few minutes.

Here’s how! ……….

1.Find a quiet place where you can rest and think for a few minutes.

 

2.Get into a comfortable position that allows you to breathe easily and relax your muscles.

 

3.Close your eyes and breathe slowly and deeply. As you breathe in, imagine that you are ‘inhaling peace,’ that is, imagine that peace is filling you up, coming in through your lungs and circulating around your body.

 

4. As you exhale, visualize all the stress and negativity leaving your body through your nose and mouth. After several repetitions, you should feel your stress significantly lessened.

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13.  do something you love!

When I say do something you love I mean something that excites you! Something that your passionate about! And makes you feel happy, These things are probably the most important things to do in life, but still as we get older we seem to drift away from them.

An example of this with me is playing the guitar, or playing football, these are both things I love doing and increase the feel good feeling and reduce stress in my life.

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14. be yourself

I’ve fallen into this trap before, trying to be something I’m not just to impress certain people, but by not being yourself your actually stressing yourself out, it’s like going on stage for the day, even the world’s best actors would struggle to perform solid from 9-5, this eventually takes its toll on you.

Even if you are a bit rough round the edges, people should love you for who you really are!

Before you can be anything, you have to be yourself. That’s the hardest thing to find.”

E.L. Konigsburg

 

“Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.”

― Oscar Wilde

 

So there we have it guys!! most of the stuff on here is so basic, so no excuse not to get stuck in and have a go at some of the techniques,

Again if you have enjoyed this article, please like ,share and comment.

Adam Doran

Power Principles Coach

Dax Moy Personal Training Studios.

14 ways to take the stress away…… Part 1

14 ways to take the stress away  Part 1…..

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What is Stress?

Stress is your body’s way of responding to a physical or emotional demand.  Everyone experiences increased stress levels at one time or another.  In fact, the body’s ability to react to stressful situations and deal with threats is critical to our survival.  However, when one is under long term stress caused by on-going situations such as work or family problems, financial concerns, etc. the body will be in a constant heighten state – a state which has harmful effects on many bodily systems including the immune system, cardiovascular system, endocrine system, reproductive system to name just a few.

 

 

“I promise you nothing is as chaotic as it seems. Nothing is worth your health. Nothing is worth poisoning yourself into stress, anxiety, and fear.”

― Steve Maraboli

 

 

Some great ways that will help release some of the stress burdens in your life are listed below…….

1 .long hot bath

In ancient times, herbal baths were employed to help the sick, while mineral baths were used for detoxification. Some cultures even believed that bathing offered good luck and protection.

It is unlikely that a doctor today would tell a patient to take a bath for protection, but most physicians do recognize that a hot bath can help you relax and reduce stress. The act of bathing stimulates blood circulation and calms the nervous system. It can also help relieve common aches and pains associated with arthritis, menstrual cramps, inflammation, haemorrhoids, muscle pains and spasms. If you have a difficult time sleeping, try taking a bath right before bedtime.

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Some bath time tips…

•Aromatherapy (essential oils) is a great way to calm the mind and adds to the therapeutic benefit of a bath. Add 15 drops of eucalyptus to help with a common cold or sinus problems. There are also some great essential oil blends that can be added to bathwater to help your individual needs.

•Bath salts added to bathwater help promote healing for almost any skin condition.

•Herbal baths can be a great way to soothe tension and help promote healthy circulation. There are many great herbal bath blends that you can buy online or at your local health food store. Rosemary and milk thistle make a great herbal detox bath while Roman chamomile and lavender are perfect for relaxation. Pour herbs in a little pouch and soak in bathwater for 30 minutes to feel the stress melt away!

2. breathing

Breathing exercises are one of the biggest stress relieving exercises I use with clients, as well as oxidizing your blood stream, and creating more of a connection to your core, slow diaphragmatic breathing stimulates are parasympathetic nervous system that is known as “rest and digest” system and is the one that helps us calm down.

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3. Rise and fall:

Since the beginning of time, as humans we were built to rise and fall with the sun, now more days than not we tend to be stimulated well into the evening, as soon as bright lights hit are retinas it leaves our brain saying, “it must still be daytime” ,keeping us stimulated and are stress hormone elevated, trying to get up earlier and go to bed earlier will lower your stress levels to rise and fall as they should.

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4.get a massage

Massage therapy does reduce stress levels.  According to The Franklin Institute web site on the human brain and stress, “Massage releases endorphins that calm the peripheral nervous system.”  The Mayo Clinic website identifies massage as a valid medical method to reduce stress and pain.  It goes on to say, “Massage reduced anxiety in depressed children and anorexic women. It also reduced anxiety and withdrawal symptoms in adults trying to quit smoking”

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5.take a vacation

According to a recent poll on a popular stress management blog ive been reading, just under half of the working population of Britain, didn’t take a vacation last year. This is crazy!

So you’re working your socks of! Day in day out, and what for? A few extra grey hairs,

well vacation studies have shown many stress relieving symptoms such as: strengthening your bond with a loved one, improved job performance, improved creativity and a 5 day stress free carry over from just a 7 day holiday.

So go take a break and go on holiday!

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6.tea  

Tea might not sound the obvious way to relieve stress, but its tried and tested and it works.Obviously not all teas have stress relieving affects , some actually raise are stress hormone, but the general rule I stick to is ,naturally caffeine free and herbal. Below are a couple of the teas I find the most effective:

1)      Tulsi tea- ( use about an hour before bed, great for muscle soreness and getting into a relaxed state before bed)

2)      Camomile ( very good for calming the nerves and putting you in to a relaxed state)

3)      Skull Cap- (especially for muscle soreness, and also irritability women suffer during pms)

4)      Lavender-     ( very effective for calming the nerves, headaches and anxiety)

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7.laugh it off

Laughter is a powerful antidote to stress, pain, and conflict. Nothing works faster or more dependably to bring your mind and body back into balance than a good laugh. Humour lightens your burdens, inspires hopes, connects you to others, and keeps you grounded..

With so much power to heal and renew, the ability to laugh easily and frequently is a tremendous resource for surmounting problems, enhancing your relationships, and supporting both physical and emotional health

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If your one of the many people finding yourself a bit overwhelmed by some sort of stress in your life at present, I know I was and still am occasionally! But since I started to use some of the techniques I have listed above, the feeling of being massively overwhelmed ,stressed out and really a bit down has significantly improved.

Has this helped you?

If this article has helped at all or even if you just enjoyed it, please like share and comment!:)

Part 2 will be coming next week!

Adam Doran

Power Principles Coach

Dax Moy Personal Training

Day one at dax moy personal training studios.

 

OK well to start im going to explain a little about what im doing in London? Well I was presented with an application to dax moy personal training , this guy is pretty much the leader in the health and fitness industry, he has won many awards and trained all sorts of A list celebs and royalties, and theres a reason for that! He knows his stuff.

Obviously for all the natural emotions of leaving my family and friends  this was a really hard decision , but when I weighed up the pros and cons , the pros well outweighed the cons.

I mean there are literally thousands and thousands of trainers being churned out from commercial intense 6 week courses , but dmpts is totally different to anywhere ive seen, for a start regardless of how highly qualified you are you will study for 2 months and have to show a good understanding of the hollistic way dax moy works and understand the principles he has put in place to ensure long lasting natural results, before you can even train someone.

So my day started

So lectures started at 9 am , first lecture was with dax about the power principles, I wont go in to much detail, but these are the principles used for every client to ensure  safe powerful results.

Also we had a brief chat about the elimination diet, something all trainers have to experience for the first 30 days as all clients who want to train with dmpts have to also , so its only fair we have gone through the same, right??? Basically this diet eliminates all wheat,refined sugar,alchol,dairy and processed foods,it is a natural wholesome diet that eradicates toxins , balances your hormones , improves your cells health and in turn you will drop fat and feel AMAZING!.

Next we had some mobility with dax , I found this very imformative on how to properly get the whole!! Body up to temperature before training.

then we had lessons on the imt (integrated movement training) with laurie gomes(head coach) , it was a lesson on using natural movement exercises to use with all clients before even touching a weight. I found it very imformative although some of the moves quite difficult as I have my own imbalances .

So to finally sum up my day ,Although I have a lot of learning and hard work to go, im very positive about the path im on with dmpts , everyone seems to really want to help you learn and are very friendly.