Are you feeling stressed or anxious? Does it feel like your life has been so busy lately, that you have no time for friends or family, let alone yourself? These are sure signs that it is time to relax.
This article by the authors at reachout.com discusses a few simple ways that will help you to relax. Consider these in conjunction with the Life Habits Freedom principles. Focus on one aspect at a time and give your body and mind a chance to recover.
Ways to relax
Knowing how to chill out and relax is really important for your mental and physical health, particularly if you’re finding something a bit stressful. Find out info on different ways people relax, learn about breathing techniques, and what to do if you’re finding it hard to chill out.
This can help if:
- You’re feeling stressed
- You’re feeling anxious
- Your life has been really busy
Why it is important to chill out
Relaxation is really important for your mental health and well being. Everyone needs time in their everyday lives to chill out and enjoy themselves, but it is easy to forget this when things get busy. If you know how to relax, and make an effort to actually relax when you need to, it can be a great coping strategy to help you when you’re stressed out. People who are able to relax are more likely to bounce back from tough times, tend to be happier, have better physical health and are less likely to develop serious mental health difficulties.
How to chill out
There are a lot of different things you can do to relax and chill out. A lot of forms of relaxation, like walking and sitting quietly, are really simple, easy to do, and don’t take much time. Others require more discipline and some training. Everyone will find some strategies for relaxation work better than others. The best thing to do is try out some of the suggestions below and make the ones that best fit your lifestyle a regular habit.
Some relaxation activities include:
Going for a walk
Taking some time out and really focusing on what’s happening around you
Listening to quiet and relaxing music, which impacts your heart rate
Playing your favorite sport
Taking a bath
Going to a movie or watching a DVD
Focusing your attention on a puzzle
Reading a book
Learning yoga or meditation
Practicing breathing techniques
When you’re stressed out or feeling anxious, your breathing speeds up, and becomes shallow, reducing how much oxygen reaches your organs. Learning breathing techniques is a great way of preventing you from experiencing the physiological symptoms of anxiety.
Become aware of your breathing. Place one hand on your upper chest and one on your stomach. Breathe in so that your stomach rises, and then falls back as you breathe out. The hand on your chest shouldn’t move too much.
Get a steady rhythm of breathing. Try and take in the same amount of air each time you breathe in.
If you’ve managed the two steps above, try and slow your breathing rate down. Add a short pause between when you finish breathing out, and when you take another breath.
It might not feel totally comfortable at first, as it can sometimes feel like you’re not getting quite enough air. But if you practice regularly it should begin to feel comfortable and easy.
If you’re finding it really hard to relax
Sometimes it can be really hard to unwind. It seems kind of ironic to get stressed out about not being able to chill out to reduce stress, but it can be a frustrating experience.
If a particular technique isn’t working try another one. It might also help if you have space away from other people in which to relax, to prevent being distracted.
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