Natural Holiday Stress Reliever

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The quintessential picture of the perfect holiday setting always looks calm, peaceful, full of joy and happiness. However, usually in the process of trying to achieve this state of holiday bliss you endure a lot of holiday stress. In fact you endure so much stress that when the time finally comes to “sit back and enjoy” you have run down your body so much that you are unable to fully enjoy the holiday. Below is some easy and helpful suggestions for relieving your holiday stress so you have an actual chance of achieving your picture of holiday bliss.

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You endure so much stress … you run down your body so much that you are unable to fully enjoy the holiday.

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We all deal with stress in different ways. Your personal method-of-choice for relieving stress is called a coping mechanism. There are positive and negative coping mechanisms, and only one of them truly gets rid of stress. Replace negative coping mechanisms with positive ones. It will take some practice at first, but soon you’ll find you’ve swapped out your old habits for good behaviors.

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Stress relieving techniques … release of chemicals in the brain  … relax us and break down … hormones.

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The point of the stress relieving techniques is to stimulate or trigger the release of chemicals in the brain that both relax us and break down adrenaline and stress hormones.  An imbalance in brain chemicals or a deficient production of brain chemicals with decrease or completely stop any attempted stress relief.  Therefore, the first step is to provide the brain all of the necessary ingredients to make the brain chemicals that help us cope with stress, relax and calm us.

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This breathing exercise works as a natural tranquilizer for your nervous system. Try it whenever you’re stressed out, if you feel anxious, or while sitting in traffic on the drive home.

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THE 3, 7, 8 BREATHING EXERCISE FOR RELAXATION

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  • Sit up straight.
  • Place the tip of your tongue against the back of your upper front teeth. Keep it there through the entire exercise.
  • Breathe in silently through your nose for 3 counts, filling your belly and then your     lungs with air.
  • Hold your breath for 7 counts.
  • Exhale through your mouth to the count of eight, making an audible “whoosh” sound.
  • That completes one full breath. Repeat the cycle another three times, for a total of four breaths.
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You can do this exercise as many times as you want each day. Start with just four breaths, and slowly work your way up to a maximum of eight breath cycles at a time.

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