Stress can be very harmful to your physical and mental health. It can contribute to conditions such as high blood pressure, heart disease, obesity, and diabetes and lead to anxiety, restlessness, sadness, and depression. There are two quite different ways to tackle stress: physical exercise and relaxation.
You probably have a pretty good idea of what constitutes physical exercise — walking, running, cycling, etc. You may also be familiar with some popular relaxation techniques — such as deep breathing, yoga, tai chi, etc. But there are many more relaxation techniques that may be beneficial and that you are not aware of.
24/7 Tempo has identified more than a dozen relaxation techniques you most likely don’t know about. They range from active, such as qigong, to passive, such as mindfulness meditation.
A few require some basic supplies and setting up, such as art therapy and aromatherapy, while others simply require buying a treat or a pack of gum. And if they don’t all work for you — or even if you don’t have much stress in the first place — you might have fun trying them out.
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To compile a list of relaxation techniques you most likely don’t know about, 24/7 Tempo reviewed information from resources such as the National Institutes of Health, institutions such as the Cleveland Clinic and Harvard Medical School, and websites such as Prevention.com and WebMD.com.