Putting aside the time to relax and unwind your mind, body and soul is so important for us all. However, faced with a huge array of life pressures, most of us often feel that we don’t have the time to relax.
As our stress levels increase, productivity drops and eventually health can deteriorate. Finding the time to practise some simple relaxation techniques can have a huge impact on our quality of life, reducing stress, anxiety and promoting good sleep.
Here are our tips for relaxation and stress relief:
- Focus on your breathing. Sit up straight, close your eyes and place one hand on your tummy. Taking deep, slow breaths though your nose, feel the breath start in your abdomen and work its way to the top of your head. Reverse the process as you exhale through your mouth. Try to clear your mind and focus only your breath, repeating this for 5 minutes or however long you feel necessary.
- Listening to soothing music has been proven to lower blood pressure, heart rate, and anxiety. Create a playlist of songs or nature sounds (the ocean, a bubbling brook, birds chirping), and allow your mind to focus on the different melodies, instruments, or singers in the piece, You also can blow off steam by rocking out to more upbeat tunes — or singing at the top of your lungs!
- You don’t have to run in order to get a runner’s high. All forms of exercise, including yoga and walking release feel-good chemicals and give your body a chance to practice dealing with stress. Stress-relieving exercise can be as simple as a quick walk around the block, taking the stairs or some simple stretching exercises.