Let’s face it, without a little bit of stress many of us would be unproductive. Human nature uses this gift to propel us forward. Don’t believe me? What do you think gets a baby up and walking? That said, when stress levels become too great, the body tends to shut down in order to protect itself. The goal isn’t to completely do away with stress. Rather, to make stress more manageable so that we can use it to our advantage.
Nigel Coats pens this recent History of Human Health post on stress and give five solid relaxation techniques to help you to get your stress under control. Apart from relaxation meditation, Coats urges us to focus on the now, de-clutter our lives, make time for oneself, and never procrastinate.
Procrastination is NOT relaxation. Putting off the important things that you need to do in exchange for the easy things is not a good relaxation technique. You’ll end up falling further behind your schedule, which will only make matters worse.
You can ‘relax’ even when in the middle of something. All you have to do is focus on the task at hand and prioritize things that are urgent. Divide huge tasks into do-able workloads and only take necessary breaks in between.
Read more on using relaxation meditation to deal with stress here.