Modern life creates a heavy load of stress for many people. After a long day of commuting, work and family obligations, it can be difficult to unwind and relax. The following activities can help anyone relax and reduce stress, and quickly find some zen.
1 Deep Breathing
Stopping activity to focus on breathing is one of the quickest ways to calm down and relieve stress. Proper deep breathing is done by sitting up straight, with a hand placed on the stomach. You can practice breathing in through the nose and exhale slowly through the mouth. This method works best when wearing comfortable clothes. Deep breathing can be done as daily meditation, or at any point you need to relax throughout the day.
Meditation is a form of inner focus that reduces anxiety. It starts with deep breathing and reciting a mantra, such as “Simply Be.” Try to let distracting sounds and thoughts pass by. This relaxation technique can be done at home or office and will increase productivity while fighting off stress. Begin by meditating 5-10 minutes every morning and every night if you can to feel its full effects.
Reaching out to talk to a friend or family member, whether in person or by phone, can alleviate stress levels and be a tool for problem resolution. People who have an extended social circle tend to be happier and feel more balanced in their lives and are less prone to depression and anxiety. If you struggle finding people in your life, or find you need to talk out your feelings regularly, consider finding a therapist to talk to.
While it is common knowledge that laughing can make a person feel better, it also has beneficial effects on the body by lowering the stress hormone cortisol while releasing endorphins, which act as pain relievers as well as mood boosters. Laughing also helps people to connect to one another and form new bonds. Find a tv show, website, author, or book that makes you laugh. Consume some of the media daily to make sure you get your daily dose of laughter in!
5 Listening to Music
Listening to soothing sounds or music, along with singing, are great ways to relax. Some may prefer to create a play list of natural sounds, such as the tide, chirping birds or wind chimes, while others may enjoy more upbeat music.
Take some time for you each day. Decompressing can be as simple as throwing on your favorite clothes and relaxing at home. Try placing a heat wrap around the shoulders and neck for 15 minutes or using a foam roller to ease away the tension of a difficult day. Receiving a message from a loved one can aid in relaxation and reconnection and bring a feeling of peace.
The business of daily life can leave little time for a person to tend to their own needs. Using the six tips above can be helpful in carving out some space to breathe, focus, relax and have a more positive outlook.
Author Bio: Kara Masterson is a freelance writer from West Jordan, Utah. She graduated from the University of Utah and enjoys writing about health and wellness and spending time with her dog, Max. Click here if you’re looking for some comfortable shorts, t-shirts, and hoodies to start relaxing!