Top Relaxation Techniques to Reduce Stress
Relaxing ain’t easy. Stress and pressure track us down on a regular basis. But research shows there are simple techniques we can apply on a consistent even daily basis to help take the load off. Here are some of the top techniques we can find to help reduce the stressors in life.
Visualization, or guided imagery, is a variation on traditional meditation that involves imagining a scene in which you feel at peace, free to let go of all tension and anxiety. Choose whatever setting is most calming to you, whether it’s a tropical beach, a favorite childhood spot, or a quiet wooded glen.
Some research has shown that aromatherapy can help relieve stress and boost feelings of relaxation. Choose a relaxing essential oil, such as chamomile or lavender, then use it according to its instructions. You could mix the essential oil with a carrier oil and use it as a massage oil, you could add a few drops to a warm bath, or you might just like to put it in a diffuser and enjoy the aroma.
You’re probably already aware how much a professional massage at a spa or health club can help reduce stress, relieve pain, and ease muscle tension. What you may not be aware of is that you can experience some of the same benefits at home or work by practicing self-massage, or trading massages with a loved one.
Breathing techniques can be both simple to use and effective for relaxation.
-Take ten deep breaths
-Inhale while counting to 4, hold the breath for the count of 7, then exhale for 8 counts.
-Place your hands on your stomach and feel the breath moving in and out of your body
Mindfulness has become extremely popular in recent years, garnering headlines and endorsements from celebrities, business leaders, and psychologists alike. So, what is mindfulness? Rather than worrying about the future or dwelling on the past, mindfulness switches your focus to what’s happening right now, enabling you to be fully engaged in the present moment.
What are your favorite techniques for relaxing?