Getting into the habit of relaxing is important. Stress that we experience on an everyday basis can be detrimental and knowing how to relax can be highly beneficial in helping you manage your life and promote your health and general well-being. Practicing meditation daily can help relieve this stress, but if you don’t have the time or just don’t like meditating, here are ten simple techniques you can try to help you relax.
1. Give someone a hug. It’s simple. Physical contact makes you feel good and giving a hug to someone also means getting one too. As long as the person you’re hugging doesn’t mind, this can be really relaxing.
2. Break out of your pattern. Instead of following the same routine day in and day out, shake things up a bit. You could try eating somewhere different than usual, striking up a conversation with someone you don’t know or take a different route on your way home.
3. Take a hot shower. Showering in warm water relaxes the muscles and helps relieves stress. Switching between hot and cold can be relaxing as well.
4. Monitor your thoughts. By becoming mindful of your stressors, you can work to identify and resolve many things that bring on the stress in your life and nip it in the bud.
5. Laugh a little. By finding something funny or entertaining, you can help yourself relax.
6. Listen to relaxing music. By keeping your favorite playlist on hand, either in the car or on your phone, you can relax yourself in even the most stressful times everywhere you go.
7. Change your scenery. Do you sit in a room for long periods that brings on stress? If so, take a walk every once in a while and clear your stressful thoughts. By removing yourself from the central place that can cause stress, you are putting yourself in a more relaxed state.
8. Take deep breaths. Try to breath deeply through your nose, closing your eyes and listening to only your breathing. This method of meditation is quick and easy and can be effective in relieving stress when you need it most.
9. Drink some tea. Chamomile tea has a calming effect on the nerves. In fact, any hot tea that doesn’t have caffeine can also help when you need time to relax.
10. Take a walk. Walking is one of the best relaxation techniques. If you have a few minutes to spare, find a beautiful place to visit and take a short walk to relax.
Though we can’t be relaxed all the time, we can learn effective techniques to use to manage our daily stressors. It could be that doing any of the methods mentioned above stresses you out even more. If so, take it slow and start with one at a time to determine which is the best technique for you.