Finding time to relax can be difficult. With work, studies, family, friends, relations, and other hectic stages, it can be very hard for us to take time to relax. When we are feeling exhausted or frazzled, a weekend at a beach resort might be just the right thing to calm our nerves. With stress knocking at your door, you might implode. What you need is a quick relaxation fix. There are many ways to make relaxation a part of your everyday life. Here are top 5 ways to relax.
Stress is your body’s way of responding to any kind of demand. It can be caused by both good and bad experiences. Most of the people experience a significant amount of stress, but with all of the activities and responsibilities that fill a person’s schedule, it’s sometimes difficult to find the time to try new stress relievers to help resolve that stress. So, without any further ado, let’s get started.
Meditating can be really easy, healthy, relaxing, and effective once you try it. It’s basically awareness; listening to your own breathing, looking at a view, or it can be whatever you like as long as you clear your mind of other thoughts and cares. You may find it helpful to repeat a mantra at the same time to make focus easier.
Find a comfortable spot in a quiet place, concentrate on your breath, and feel those anxieties start to disappear. Try it when you feel yourself getting stressed or as a preventative measure for 5 to 10 minutes a day.
Listen to Music
Music can help you to relieve stress and either calm yourself down or stimulate your mind as your situation warrants. People can harness the benefits of music by playing classical music, playing upbeat music to ‘wake up’ mentally, or relaxing with the help of their favourite slow melodies. Music has a unique link to our emotions, so it can be an extremely effective stress management tool. It can help you calm your nerves.
Laughter is a good medicine
Laughter is well-known for its therapeutic effects, and many places now offer laughter therapy or laughter yoga classes to those seeking to boost their health and mood. Studies have in fact found that even the anticipation of laughter can help us to relax by lifting our spirits and reducing stress levels in the body. If you are serious about your relaxation, you could consider attending a laughter class, but chilling out with a funny DVD, book or friend is an equally great option to help you relax.
‘Play’ the word itself sounds fun and relaxing. Playing is a wonderful way to unwind, especially for grown-ups. Playing is anything that’s purposeless and pleasurable. Everything from finger-painting to playing tag to watching cartoons to digging in the dirt to throwing a Frisbee to going to the zoo to swinging on the swings at a park can be fun.
Stock up on chocolate!
Chocolate – one of the world’s most popular comfort foods is a great calming food. Chocolate is high in magnesium which can help relaxation and also contains anandamide, a neurotransmitter which can help you to experience a feeling of peace. With high levels of phenylethylamine, chocolate also raises endorphin levels, so all the more reason to unwind with your favourite chocolate treat.
To really make the most of your senses, turn your home into a relaxing sanctuary with a scented candle or some relaxing essential oils. Some good essential oils for relaxation include camomile, lavender, neroli, bergamot and ylang-ylang. Use these oils to aid relaxation by adding a couple of drops to a bath, burning in an oil burner, or adding (sparingly) to water to use as a room spray or skin spritzer.
These were the top 5 ways to relax (bonus). Missed any other ways that can help in body relaxation? If yes, share your thoughts in the comment section below.