Most of us know we need to keep our body healthy through diet and exercise, but many of us neglect our mind and mental peace. Stress can take a massive toll on your life, so try to implement one or more of these relaxation techniques into your self-care schedule to both prevent and treat stress.
Meditation can be an incredibly powerful tool in the fight against stress, though it takes time to learn. It’s highly recommended that you meditate on a regular basis, even if you aren’t feeling particularly stressed. Even meditating for five minutes can make a big difference when it comes to how you feel in terms of your stress level.
2. Breathing Exercises
There are certain breathing exercises that you can do to reduce your mental and physical stress level rather quickly. There are a number of different techniques to try, but one is to simply breathe in through your nose, and out slowly through your mouth. Often that’s enough to take you out of your mental chatter and into the present moment.
3. Get Some Exercise
Another great way to reduce and prevent the amount of stress you experience is through exercise. Whether it is running, cycling, swimming or lifting weights, physical exercise can make you feel a lot better overall. The mental and physical benefits of exercise have been well documented, so it’s just a matter of finding something you enjoy doing. Some people love going for runs while others prefer riding a bike around for a bit.
4. Listen to Music
Simply listening to one of your favourite songs or artists can be incredibly useful when it comes to dealing with stress in a very powerful and effective way. Sometimes this means listening to something fast and loud and letting out any anger or emotion, or you could try listening to slow, mellow music to relax your mind.
Although it may seem similar to meditating, visualisation techniques can be a great way to get instant relief from stress. Sit down, close your eyes and imagine that you are in a beautiful and relaxing place. This can be sitting on the sand on a beach, underneath a waterfall or even in your favourite restaurant eating a delicious meal. Make sure that you focus on the details of the place you are in and what you are doing while you are in it. Practice this regularly as a way to bring calm to your life.