Stress. Just hearing that word can bring on tension even though we do not have anything to be tense about. Whether it is the holiday season or not, we all feel some kind of stress throughout the year. People may use different words for it (anxiety/anxious, tension, strain, worry, etc.), but it is still an unpleasant feeling. Here are some methods you can use to help relax after a hard day’s work.
Try practicing these exercises from anywhere between 10-20 minutes a day.
Yoga- You probably heard this before, but yoga is very beneficial to help relieve tension when done correctly. Certain types of yoga are better than others because they may focus more on relieving stress. Beginner’s yoga is good to start since they are easier exercises and put less strain on your body.
Meditation- This technique is a lot more than just sitting down and dozing off. You have to focus your mind on your breathing and focusing on the present moment than thinking about the past or future. You can also try walking meditation where you focus on your breathing, movements, and what is around you while you walk.
Listening to Music- Music is always a great form to cheer anyone up and with so many different genres out there, there is bound to be some form of music that can help you relax. Listening to soothing music such as classical music or nature sounds may work better if you want to unwind. Other types of music might get you more wound up than relaxed.
Deep Breathing- Probably the most recommended relaxation exercise, it is very easy to do. You can either lie down or sit up straight, put one hand on your chest and the other on your stomach. Make sure you’re comfortable. Take in a deep breath through your nose. Your hand on your stomach should rise while the hand on your chest should move only a little. Exhale through your mouth. The hand on your stomach should move in while the one on your chest should move only a little. Having your stomach move up and down when you breathe shows that you are taking deep enough breaths and will help you relax.
Contrary to popular beliefs it takes more to help your body relax than just laying around the house. It is always best to do these relaxation exercises when you are awake and not before going to sleep. Remember, they are meant to help you relax during the day when you are awake as you do not really stress when you are asleep. Also make sure to find time during your day to practice these techniques. Daily practice will give you the best results.
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