Stress is a everyday thing for most of us and finding a way to relax from our hectic lives can be difficult but much needed for all of us. You might think relaxing in front of the television or taking a quick nap is the solution. But unfortunately, this does little to help reduce the damaging effects of stress on the mind and body.

The most effective way to combat stress, is to activate the body’s natural relaxation response. This can be done by practicing relaxation techniques including deep breathing, visualization, meditation, and yoga, or by performing rhythmic exercise, such as running, cycling, or mindful walking. Finding ways to fit these activities into your life can help reduce everyday stress and boost your energy and mood. These stress relieving techniques will also help you to stay calm when those unexpected events arise.

Many stress experts recommend that each and everyone of us setting aside at least 10 to 30 minutes a day for your relaxation practice. I know this sounds like a very difficult thing to accomplish. But you will find that if you truly give stress relief a try you will have more energy and more time in your day to do the things you really want to do.