Stressed out? Fatigued? Or simply having a bad day? It’s time to relax! Here are five easy ways to help you stress less and relax more:
Deep breathing exercises may help slow your heart rate, lower blood pressure, and clear your mind. Begin by lying on your back or get into a comfortable position. Inhale slowly through your nose filling the lungs completely over a period of five to ten seconds. Hold it, and then slowly release your breath through pursed lips, taking two to three times as long to exhale as to inhale.
Indulge in relaxing spa treatments which may include massage, manicures and/or pedicures, aromatherapy, listening to ambient sounds/music or a combination of treatments.
Stretch out on your back or sit comfortably where you are. Slowly move through your body tightening and flexing as you go until you reach your face and neck, holding each stretch for ten seconds. In-person or online yoga or pilates lessons are also great for a full-body stretch.
Guided imagery can be done alone or combined with deep breathing techniques. Lie on your back or get comfortable with your eyes closed. Imagine a peaceful setting at your favorite vacation destination. Put yourself there, feel the warmth of the sun on your cheeks, the breeze blowing through your hair.
Binge your favorite TV show, watch a movie, or listen to music and just kick back, relax, and enjoy! It may surprise you how restorative these leisurely activities can be! Grab a friend or family member to join you and relax for a couple hours together.
Whatever method works best for you, try to do more of it. Your mind and body will thank you!