From ancient to modern times, a need to relax and reduce stress is one thing that transcends various cultures, religions and lifestyles. Our article post below covers several traditional methods of reducing stress that are almost foolproof when practiced as part of a regular routine.
Simple To Use Methods of Relaxation
All methods are simple to carry out: they are inexpensive; used without undue hassle; and produce lasting rewards to one’s peace and general well-being.
Since ancients times, the use of essential oils, incense and aromatic fragrances combine to bring reduced stress and/or healing to users worldwide.
Used even in today’s business environment, scent marketing is gaining rapid popularity. One well-known story in marketing circles tells of a rather creative store manager for Apple computers who literally scented the store’s air conditioning system with the fragrance of apple orchards.
Visualization and Meditation
In the Judeo-Christian Bible, the principles of visualization and meditation on pleasant things or circumstances is a recurring theme.
One verse from the Bible states: “Brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is fair, whatever is pure, whatever is acceptable, whatever is commendable, if there is anything of excellence and if there is anything praiseworthy—keep thinking about these things.” Philippians 4:8
Worry comes from meditation; thinking about negative things in life. Staying away from the unpleasant, gory or the macabre side of news reports and motion pictures goes a long way to restoring a peaceful state of mind to one’s inner man.
Other simple methods using visualization are used by doctors and dentists in their reception areas or offices: a large aquarium filled with graceful, tropical fish and attractive tank decor is one method. In addition, a cluster of lush, green plants also aids in creating a more relaxed ambiance for patients waiting for an appointment.
Staying away from negative people that produce a draining to you is one prime way to reduce unnecessary stress in life. Some people are leeches. They drain your peace, your health and even finances in many cases. Learn to gravitate towards positive, optimistic people and disengage from those that add nothing but grief to your life.
Learning a few principles of the ancient Chinese practice of feng shui is especially applicable to inducing an environment of relaxation and reduced stress. By simply de-cluttering one’s house, apartment or even the front or backyard, a sense of peace and harmonious living many times results.
Browse through Internet websites that focus on feng shui, color selections such as pastels and re-arrangement of furniture. By using some of these concepts, you will observe how free-flowing order and peaceful well-being is gradually introduced into your life and home.
Simple daily exercise such as yoga for proper breathing and gracefully refreshing Tai Chi are other common methods used by millions worldwide. Learning even basic moves many times starts the body towards a relaxed state within moments of doing a daily exercise routine.
In short, anyone of the above listed methods is in itself used to varying degree as a method of relaxation. However, as all methods combine the road to relaxation is many times assured.
As strange as it may seem, some people can turn relaxation techniques into a stress inducing activity in itself. Remember, learning these relaxation techniques also means discovering which one is better suited to your individual needs. In short, it becomes a journey in itself that requires much patience.