Melt your Stress Away With These 3 Relaxation Techniques

Stress can really hit us from all different directions, and in today’s day and age, our busy schedules, long work hours and many competing priorities can make us feel like we’re constantly on edge. While life happens, stress is a normal part of our daily routines, but excessive stress and chronic anxiety over time, may lead to a negative impact on your health.


Studies show that too much stress can make you feel depressed, weaken your immune system, aggravate pain and aches, and even contribute to high blood pressure. So who needs all this stress anyway?!


Here at Core Principles we are dedicated to the well-being of our members, so we want to provide you with some stress management tools that can help you unwind, feel relaxed and increase productivity levels. These techniques can be used anywhere, and will only take up 15-20 min of your time!



Tool #1: Deep Belly Breathing
Deep abdominal breathing is a great technique that engages your parasympathetic (rest & digest) nervous system causing it to activate. This can slow down the heartbeat, lower or stabilize the blood pressure and calm your nerves, so it’s a pretty powerful tool!
Here’s How to Do it:
Tool #2: Progressive Muscle Relaxation (PMR)
This technique focuses on tensing a group of muscles as you breathe in, and relaxing them as you breathe out. You can work on your muscle groups in a certain order, for example, from top to bottom (head to feet) or bottom to top (feet to head). PMR has shown to lower blood cortisol (stress hormone) levels, alleviate muscle tension and reduce hypertension. Overall, it’s a great technique to diminish stress and can also help with insomnia!
Here’s How to do it:
Tool #3: Mindfulness Meditation
Mindfulness meditation is an old Buddhist technique that involves a practice of paying close attention to the present moment — especially our own thoughts and emotions— whatever it is that’s happening. Mindfulness meditation has shown to reduce stress levels, help chronic pain, improve sleep and alleviate gastrointestinal distress.
Here’s how to do it:
If you have any questions regarding the tools mentioned above or would like more information on stress management, contact one of your coaches at C.P.!

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