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Simple Stress Reduction Tip

 

Simple tip to reduce stress by Jeff Hopeck, a 3 Year U.S. Secret Service Veteran, Author and Speaker –who has dedicated his life to helping people eat healthier. Walk through this quick process with him and learn how to reduce stress in your life.

Simple Stress Reduction Tip

By Jeff Hopeck

Open-Meadow-With-Daisies.jpgSTRESS KILLS. Right now is the time to learn ways of reducing stress in your life. Tomorrow may be too late.

Stress comes in all forms:  Elevated heart rate, high blood pressure, chest pains, and even nervousness.

Over the years, I’ve been emailed and contacted with all sorts of gimmicky products that promise to reduce stress levels, but require paying money. RED FLAG! For me, the single most effective way of managing stress is 100% FREE and it’s something you can do in your car, at home, or in the office. The 3 simple steps are:

1. Find Comfort

Find a comfortable position (preferably seated or laying down) where both your mind and body are relaxed. For some, this is sitting in a chair and for others it’s laying down- either way, this first step is critical. For best results, try to avoid standing.

2. The 4:8 ratio

Next, start by inhaling for 4 seconds, then exhaling for 8 seconds. Repeat this 5-10 times. Inhale, exhale twice as long…. relax. Keep it up! Try to get your mind off work, bills, and anything else that stresses you. Now for the best part.:

3. Pulling it Together

Once you have the hang of the 4:8 ratio, start focusing on your muscles relaxing as you exhale. Start with your arms, your fingertips, then your quadriceps, your neck, even feel your calves and ankles relaxing. Inhale, then exhale… feel your muscles literally open up like sunflowers and relax.

It really works! It’s important to keep your stress levels to a bare minimum- your life depends on it.