Some days are worse than others. You have to cook breakfast for the entire family, make sure the kids have their lunches, help your husband pick out his tie for work – and that’s just the beginning of your day! You have to deal with traffic, work and everything in between. It’s no wonder that you are stressed and can’t relax. To be honest, it’s likely relaxation isn’t even a word in your vocabulary.
Experts stand by the fact that it’s good to have some stress in your life, but too much of it is actually bad – physically and mentally. Restore some balance in your life with these three relaxation techniques that work instantly.
- Deep Breathing – According to WebMD, when you become stressed, you begin to breathe more shallowly. The calmer you get, the more relaxed your breathing will become. In order to turn your stress into relaxation, you simply need to alter the way you are breathing. Breathing deeply is the key here. Take a deep breath in, but not too quickly. Feel your stomach expand. Slowly exhale and feel your stomach contract as your chest drops. Repeat several times until you feel calm and relaxed. This is a breathing and relaxation technique that can be practiced anywhere and at any time.
- Have a Cup of Hot Tea – Instead of reaching for a cup of coffee to start your day or in the middle of a stressful situation, opt for a cup of hot tea, particularly green, black or chamomile. All of these are known to reduce stress and calm the mind. The most important thing is to avoid caffeine when stressed, as caffeine can actually make the situation worse. Coffee has been said to increase the levels of cortisol, the body’s stress hormone.
- Take a Musical Detour – Music is always relaxing, but when you are stressed and listen to slow tempos, it can really help induce a relaxed and calm state of mind. Listening to music can reduce stress when stuck in traffic, after a long, hard day at work or just simply lying in bed trying to forget the day’s and tomorrow’s worries. According to WebMD, research suggests that listening to classical music for 30 minutes is the equivalent of 10mg of Valium.
By using one, two or all three of the aforementioned relaxation techniques, you’ll be well on your way to calmer state of mind. Once you let your mind wander away from the things that are causing you tension, you can feel the stress slowly slip away, layer by layer.
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