on Oct 13, 20

6 Relaxation Techniques: Try These Steps to Reduce Stress

Stress is a common part of life. These days we all live a busy life and that kind of pressure will inevitably lead to stress. The degree of stress of course varies from one person to another.

A majority of people experience mild stressful situations but others may face severe stress that leads to depression, anxiety, and the overall deterioration of mental health. The good news is that there are a few relaxation tips you can follow starting today to help deal with day to day stress. We will cover the in detail here below:

1.    Breathing Exercises

Breathing is a simple relaxation technique that if done right can help you deal with stress and anxiety very well. Think of it this way. Every time you are feeling apprehensive or anxious what do you do? Most people just take a big deep breath and all over sudden everything feels alright.

In that case, always take a few deep breathes after a long day. It will help. Deep breathing also has a way of disengaging your mind from distracting thoughts and focusing it on full relaxation. However, people with severe respiratory issues should consult their doctors before attempting these techniques.

2.    Visualizing

The mind is a very powerful tool. It can take you to heaven and back to earth without you moving an inch. One way you can distract yourself from negative thoughts is to use your brain to visualize the perfect peaceful place.

Just find a quiet place in the house, close your eyes, and start imagining yourself in that peaceful place where everything is just okay. Visualizing is harder for beginners but as soon as you get used to it, you will have better control of your mind and its thoughts.

3.    Yoga

There are many forms of yoga out there. But most of them focus on the relaxation of the body and the mind. Tai Chi and Qigong Yoga in particular can be very helpful for people dealing with stress. These ancient techniques tend to combine rhythmic breathing with a wide variety of postures and movements. The physical aspect of yoga, which includes these advanced movements, requires extreme mental focus, something that eventually helps to distract you from your stress and negative thoughts.

4.    Relaxing Massage

When was the last day you treated yourself to a nice spa date with body scrubs and a nice relaxing massage? Sometimes we get busy taking care of other people that we forget to take care of ourselves. That stops today.

Although it’s understandable you have a lot of stuff to do, at least spare a day or two in a month to get a massage and a full spa experience. It’s one of the best ways to relax your mind and body.  

5.    Mindful Meditation

Mindful meditation is also a great way to focus your mind on the present moment and distract it from your stress. You simply sit down, close your eyes, and just focus on your breathing. It’s more like yoga only that instead of using your mind to focus on the yoga movements, you use it to listen to the breathing in your lungs and the heartbeat in your chest. Mindful meditation does however require some getting used to so it will be hard at first. But you will get better at it eventually.

6.    Relaxing Music

Music can also be very therapeutic for people dealing with stress. Relaxing music simply helps to set the mood for relaxation. You just play it in the background, close your eyes, and focus your mind on the soothing harmonies renting the living room.

However, you might have your own definitions of what you consider relaxing music. The most important thing is to find those tunes that get you to your unique sweet spot, where you can close your eyes and enjoy.

Stress is common and it's not something to be ashamed of. Every one of us will encounter stressful experiences in our day to day. As long as we know how to deal with it, then we will always be okay. 

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