ABCs of Relaxation
In today’s hyper-paced world, it can be difficult to slow down and relax. Stress can sneak up on you before you even realize it, leaving you feeling frazzled and impatient. So, if you want to feel at ease in your own skin, take steps to reduce your stress level with these relaxation tips. See which of them work best for you, and incorporate them into your routine.
A is for Affirmations
Affirmations are simple phrases that remind you of who you are, what you want to be, and what you’re capable of achieving if you believe in your abilities..
They help train your mind to focus on positive thoughts so you can gain motivation and confidence. Set aside time each day to speak positively about what you want to achieve. Make sure each affirmation is stated in present tense, so your subconscious mind doesn’t dismiss it as unrealistic because it sounds like something that will happen in some distant future date. For example, I am a happy person is better than I will be a happy person. The difference might seem subtle but it’s an important distinction when you consider how affirmation statements enter your subconscious.
B is for Breathing
Breathing is something that comes naturally to humans. And while you might not realize it, your breathing affects everything from your thoughts to your body’s ability to heal. When you breathe correctly, you feel calm and alert; when you don’t, it throws off your entire system. Follow these five tips to improve your breathing: Put one hand on your chest and one on your stomach; then, focus on how they move up and down as you inhale and exhale. Breathe through your nose (when possible) and exhale fully until all air is gone from your lungs before starting another breath. Once you get used to proper breathing—which could take a couple of weeks—you may notice a few changes; you’ll start thinking clearly or notice that you’re more energetic and are sleeping better at night. Or more energy or even sleeping better at night!
C is for Calming Music
Music therapy has been used to help people with depression, anxiety, trauma and various other mental health issues. Studies have found that listening to music for just 30 minutes a day can have an effect on both psychological and physiological responses. Make sure you choose music you enjoy so it doesn't feel like a chore—but also be aware that certain genres are known to have specific effects on mood. For example, classical music tends to have calming properties while techno or dance music is more energizing. The music isn't for everyone, but if you don't like it or your mind starts wandering after 15 minutes or so, try something else! If you still prefer silence over music (the majority of people do), simply use white noise (think: rainforest sounds).
D is for Decluttering
After a long day at work, do you come home to a house filled with dirty dishes, laundry piled up on every surface and piles of mail you’ve been meaning to sort through? When it comes to stress management, decluttering your home is a great place to start. Take time to go through each room in your house and donate things you don’t need. This will help declutter your mind as well, because it can be very difficult to relax when you’re surrounded by clutter. Decluttering can also help reduce depression; studies have shown that removing objects from our environment allows us to let go of negative emotions that could weigh us down. You should also try other de-cluttering techniques like tidying up or cleaning off your desk at work; these activities are proven mood-boosters!
E is for Essential Oils
Essential oils can help you relax. Many people enjoy applying essential oils to their wrists or temples to help them feel more relaxed. They come from natural sources, and essential oils can be added to massage oil or bath water. There’s no scientific proof that aromatherapy can directly cause relaxation, but it may help put your mind at ease as you embark on what might otherwise be an anxious day. However, it’s important to be cautious when using essential oils. Since many essential oils are derived from plants, there is always a chance that allergic reactions could occur. To reduce your risk of an allergic reaction while using an essential oil, try doing a patch test by applying a small amount of diluted oil to your skin in one spot for several days in a row before applying it in other areas.
Relaxation is just a part of managing your mental and physical health. You’ll still have days when you’re not okay, ! On these days remember that “It’s okay not be okay”Understand that stress is an ongoing challenge. Always be kind and patient with yourself.