Guest post from Optimal Life Solutions

5 Simple Tips for Stress Relief

When it comes to relaxation techniques even just incorporating small changes into your everyday life can help you to de-stress.  Check out these easy tips for stress relief:

  1. Eight-count deep breathing. With one hand on the chest and the other on the belly, take a deep breath in through the nose, ensuring the diaphragm (not the chest) inflates with enough air to create a stretch in the lungs. The goal: Six to 10 deep, slow breaths per minute for 10 minutes each day. 

  2. Stretch and practice proper posture. Try rolling your head from side to side, doing some toe touches and pulling your arms across your chest.  For posture; stand straight, hold your shoulders back and keep your tummy in.

  3. Brew some tea. There's nothing better than getting cozy with a calm cup of tea. Green tea has an amino acid called theanine, which sends your brain into a state of relaxed alertness. 

  4. Aromatherapy can help to decrease stress levels, and lavender has been shown to decrease cardiovascular conditions associated with mental stress. Try a candle warmer which provides the soothing scent without the worry of an open flame.

  5. Turn off electronics before bedtime. Getting a good night's sleep starts with the proper environment. Shut off that cell phone and turn off your TV at least 20 minutes before you want to fall asleep!

Optimal Life Solutions, LLC is located in Silver Spring, MD and provides monthly anger management classes.  They also run the Maryland CEU Institute, which offers exciting and interesting continuing education workshops for mental health professionals.  Learn more at and


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