5 Easy Relaxation Tips
It’s no joke that life can get really stressful at times. So it’s important to have tools you can use to help you release and decompress from those situations. Hypnosis and meditation are great ways to manage stress and relax your body and mind, but here are a few more helpful tips.
Try them out and see if they work for you, or feel free to modify them as you need.
1. Visualize yourself relaxed.
This is easy to do and one of my favorite techniques. When you’re feeling stressed out, take a moment to close your eyes and imagine what relaxes you. Maybe it’s sitting on a beach and hearing the waves gently crashing. Maybe it’s a nice spa massage. Or birds singing, or a gentle stream.
Think about what sounds and images relax you, and get lost in them for a few minutes. You can even visualize your relaxed, what you look like when you’re comfortable and calm.
2. Deep breathing.
Another easy one that doesn’t take a lot of time. Relax your chest, let it drop down, and take a deep, steady breath in, all the way down until the air fills your stomach, letting your lungs and stomach expand slowly. Concentrate on your breathing, on how your sides expand. Then let your breath out through gently pursed lips, focusing again on that breath. Let yourself relax more and more with each breath.
Repeat this 10 times and you’ll feel more relaxed in no time.
3. Use progressive muscle relaxation.
This relaxation technique uses the tensing and then relaxing of each muscle group, helping you focus on the difference between muscle tension and relaxation. This is a valuable way to help you become more aware of physical sensations.
One method of progressive muscle relaxation that the Mayo Clinic recommends is to “start by tensing and relaxing the muscles in your toes and progressively working your way up to your neck and head. You can also start with your head and neck and work down to your toes. Tense your muscles for at least five seconds and then relax for 30 seconds, and repeat.”
4. Stretch it out.
When we get stressed out, our muscles tense up, causing shallow breathing and other side affects. By taking even 5 minutes to stretch out your body, you’re releasing those physical blocks and that tension, and creating more blood flow to your body. Especially coupled with deep breathing, it’s a fast and affective way to relax instantly.
5. Positive thinking.
Adjusting your attitude is more affective than you might think. When you’re feeling tense or anxious and need to relax, start thinking positively about the situation that’s causing it. Think of it from different points of view, even throw in some affirmations. The point is to change up your attitude to one where you can let go of the tension. Changing your attitude will lower your heart rate and make you feel much better.