Whether we’re concerned for a loved one’s health, rushing around because we’re late for work and can’t find those darn keys, or have a deadline looming, we all experience some form of stress every day.
To a certain degree, stress is an inevitable part of life, but how we approach and manage the things that make us anxious can make a big difference in the effect stress has on our well-being.
If you’re like me, you are eager to find relaxation methods but ironically find yourself stressed(!) about how long they might take. Well, my fellow relaxation seekers, I have good news! It truly is possible to fit in one or two simple stress-relieving practices each day.
As I was looking through the Duke HR website this week, I came across a section with information on a few techniques that I found helpful — mindfulness meditation, relaxation poses, and breathing exercises. I also found a series of videos on YouTube that demonstrate three simple stretches you can do almost anywhere to help prevent or relieve stress and pain.
One of our wellness advocates also leads a session of simple chair exercises here. After trying some of the breathing and stretching exercises, I will definitely be making them a part of my daily routine from now on.
Let us know if you try any of these relaxation techniques or would like to share some tips of your own!
— Melanie Kolkin
(Photo by Flickr user Alan Cleaver)