Nobody can truly avoid stress, but we can avoid that “heart pounding, I want to explode feeling” by learning how to deal with the stress we experience. There are different ways to try train your body to relax in stressful situations; the trick is finding which method is the best one for you and then repeating it on a daily basis to help reduce your daily stress. Here are a few ideas that you can do at home, in a class or with a personal trainer that might help reduce the stress load.

Deep Breathing:

This is the easiest technique to use, learn and most importantly it can be used anywhere and be combined with other relaxation techniques. First, you will want to get comfortable as you sit with your back against a chair. Place one hand on your chest and the other on your stomach; when you breathe in through your nose your stomach should raise while your chest should barely move. Exhale through your mouth and contract your stomach muscles. Repeat several times. If you find you are having a hard time doing this exercise sitting up, you might want to try it lying on your back.

Progressive Muscle Relaxation:

For this exercise you will need to get comfortable, so this will be an exercise most likely practiced at home after a long day of work. First, make yourself as comfortable as possible, take off your shoes, put on your comfortable clothes and then begin your deep breathing exercises until you feel yourself relax. Once you feel yourself relax focus on your right foot. Begin to focus on releasing the tension from your foot and feeling the tension flow from your body. Stay this way for a few seconds until you are ready to move onto the left foot and repeat the process. Then slowly make your way up the rest of your body until you finally get to your face. You should have a relaxed body and feel great.

Yoga:

Yoga can be great for stress relief as it has moving and stationary positions. While yoga is often geared as a training program for women, men also benefit from a yoga training program. You can get injured doing yoga on your own, so we recommend that you find training programs or a one-on-one private trainer to help you learn the basics of yoga. There are several different types of classes out in San Diego, but if you are just beginning to learn yoga, you will probably be best suited in a San Diego beginner’s yoga class or Pilate”s class, compared to a power yoga class. Make sure you do not extend yourself beyond what you are capable the first time and know that a yoga instructor (or private trainer) can show you alternate poses if you are unable to do the proposed pose.

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