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Stress Awareness Day: Four Relaxing Techniques To Reduce Stress

Stress Relief Methods Feature

We all know what it’s like to feel stressed, whether it’s from a minor annoyance like a traffic jam that’s causing you to be late to work, or a more serious worry like financial problems. Stress is a normal part of life but becoming overwhelmed with stress can lead to mental and physical health problems.

Stress Awareness Day was established to raise awareness of the dangers of stress and educate individuals on the importance of looking after their health and well-being on a day to day basis.

In honour of this day, four members from the One4all Marketing team practised 4 stress relief methods; meditation, aromatherapy, listening to calming sounds, and exercise. Here’s what they thought:

Ola Dybul

Technique: Meditation

‘For the first two days of this experiment, I mediated for 10 minutes but I felt that was too long so I aimed to do between 3 and 5 minutes for the remaining days. From this experience, I learned that meditation provided great relief on days when I was feeling stressed, but I didn’t find it effective on days when my stress levels were low. On these days, doing the meditation exercises was a chore. However, while I didn’t enjoy this experiment as much I would have liked, it did teach me how to control my stress and relax my mind and I would recommend meditation as a stress relief method. My advice would be to remember that meditation is a skill, you have to built up to it so start slow. Also, don’t meditate just before going to sleep, I did and almost feel asleep – twice, I would suggest doing it an hour before your bedtime.’

Medical examination:

Blood pressure

Before: 125/69

After: 118/77

Energy levels:

Before: Normal

After: Normal

Mood:

Before: Neutral

After: Neutral

Fergal Chambers

Technique: Aromatherapy

‘I’ve always been interested in aromatherapy, so I was very excited to take part in this experiment. For this I used 3 aromatherapy oils; lemon, ginger and peppermint. When I was researching this method, I discovered that these types of oils helped boost the immune system and fight infections so I felt they were the right choice for me as my energy levels were quite low. I did this exercise for 5 minutes a day over the 7-day period and usually did it an hour before bed. It was nice to take a bit of time for myself but I’m not sure how effective it was. I think it would be more beneficial if the aromas were used throughout the day instead of a dedicated 5-minute evening slot. I also would have liked to have time during the day as I feel that’s when my stress levels are high.’

Medical examination:

Blood pressure:

Before: 124/83

After: 106/84

Energy levels:

Before: Normal

After: Normal

Mood:

Before: Slightly stressed

After: Neutral

Emma Vince

Technique: Listening to calming sounds

‘I’m not the type of person who gets stressed very often but when I do, my go-to relievers are 1) going for a walk with my dog or 2) listening to heavy metal and grunge music so I was looking forward to trying something new. For this experiment, I listened to 3 types of nature sounds over the 7-day period; ocean, rain, and thunderstorms.  I listened to them for 10 minutes an hour before I went to bed and I think this is the perfect time to do it. I felt this exercise was a great way for me to completely switch off for a few minutes. When I’m out walking or listening to music, I find my mind is never fully relaxed, but this taught me that it is possible to turn off my thoughts and give my mind a breather. However, in saying that, I don’t think this is something I would do regularly, especially not every day, but knowing that I can get relief from doing something like this will definitely help in the future.’ 

Medical examination:

Blood pressure:

Before: 101/46

After: 103/61

Energy levels:

Before: Normal

After: Normal

Mood:

Before: Neutral

After: Neutral 

Sam Wheway

Technique: Exercise

‘To my shame, I don’t get anywhere near as much exercise as I should, so this was a good prompt for me to get up and go out in the evenings. My chosen technique was a minimum of 15 minutes’ exercise every day – on most days I got more than that because once you start walking and clear your head you just want to stay out. I’m constantly plugged in and switched on so it was definitely a good feeling to get out and just walk somewhere with no distractions. I found the walk or cycle generally cleared my mind and boosted my energy quite a bit, it definitely improved my mood compared to my previous routine. At the end of the week I think I’m feeling overall calmer, more collected and more ready for the day. Physical exercise definitely helps relieve mental stress. I feel much better!’

Medical examination:

Blood pressure:

Before: 103/72

After: 109/62

Energy levels:

Before: Low

After: Moderate-high

Mood:

Before: Neutral

After: Positive

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