#WellnessWeds: Unwind during National Relaxation Day with these 5 tips
Stress is something we all face. Although some people are naturally capable of managing their stress, others aren’t so lucky. Utilizing these tips, in honor of National Relaxation Day on August 15, will hopefully help you cope with your stress and be better able to relax.
- Enjoy a quiet environment– The first step to becoming familiar with relaxation techniques is to surround yourself in a quiet environment with few distractions. You will discover that a half hour of relaxation in a peaceful environment is something you won’t be able to go without. Consider scheduling time to relax in a quiet place at times in the day when your stress level is typically high and your energy level is low. Just 30 minutes a day will allow you to feel looser and more relaxed. With time and practice, you will learn to relax anywhere.
- Meditate- Don’t worry if you have never meditated before and forgo the assumption that meditation is hard or time-consuming. Meditation is simple and can be practiced by anyone. First, find at least 20 minutes of free time and a quiet place to meditate, sans technology or distractions. Then sit down and get comfortable. Let your mind and body settle for a minute, then pick something to gently center your attention on, for instance, breathing in a natural rhythm, or an image. If you find your mind wandering, bring it back to what you chose to center your attention on. Meditation works best when done regularly. Try to meditate for approximately 20 minutes a day to feel and see the most benefits.
- Adapt a passive attitude- Approaching relaxation with a passive attitude means adapting a “let it be” perspective. The passive approach allows your mind to notice the thoughts passing through, without actually focusing on the thoughts and causing distractions. The passive attitude allows your body to enter mediation more easily.
- Create a home spa– Instead of spending a lot of money at a spa, create one at home. Make time for a leisurely bubble bath. Soaking in a tub filled with warm water can help you physically relax, which also causes mental relaxation. Aromatherapy can also be an effective way to relieve stress and allow relaxation. Light a scented candle or add a subtle fragrance to a room, such as lavender, which has been found to have a calming and relaxing effect on the human body.
- Play your favorite music- Music is a great method of relieving stress. Go to a quiet room and play your favorite relaxing music, or if you aren’t accessible to a quiet room, then put on your headphones and listen to soothing music on your iPod. Music has been proven to be more calming and sleep inducing than television or talk radio. Soft music, modern ballads, classical music, smooth jazz or New Age music are all good choices in helping you to relax.
What’s your favorite method to help you relax when feeling stressed?
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