Relaxing Practices That Will Change Your Life

by - Thursday, January 03, 2019

When you work too hard throughout the week, month, or even year, it is easy to get stressed which can really take its toll on your mental health. A relaxing day or two will bring everything back into balance, leaving you feeling refreshed and rejuvinated- ready to grab life by the horns.  The following are some of the effective ways to spend your relaxing day. 

1. Body Massage 
You could use a full body massage after a long day at work. It helps to reduce the tension in your muscles, as well as promote blood circulation. Massage parlors with great massage supply  items are everywhere. However, if you cannot make it to a massage spa, you can at least try to do it yourself. Get a non-sticky lubricant oil and massage your legs beginning at your toes all the way up to your calves. Afterwards, massage your hands starting from your fingers all the way up to your elbows. 

2. Get enough sleep 
After days waking up early to go to work and coming back late, you need to not set your alarm during a day off. This will give you enough rest and relax your mind and catch up on any sleep debt that's accumulated. Go to bed at your normal time, but wake up on your own without your alarm. 

3. Meditate 
Meditate to calm and revitalize your mind. It will help you to think clearly. If you don’t have time to go for extensive meditation, even a 10-minute meditation will refresh your mind. Find a quiet place and sit down on a floor or on a mat with your legs cross-legged. Align your back, neck and face on a straight line. Put your hands on your knees comfortable with your palms facing up. Then, breathe in and out three times. Feel the air as it gets in. Exhale slowly as you chant ‘OOM’ until the breath is out. As you chant ‘O’, feel the waves traveling through your navel, chest and then through the throat. Pause momentarily for 30 seconds before repeating. Do this three times and you will be good. 

4. Journal 
Write down your thoughts and feelings on paper to help to introspect and make sense out of a situation. It will also help if you include what you are grateful for to dispel negativity. Sometimes our mind can be cluttered and we can stress about things we're not actively aware of. Journalling brings everything to the surface, where we can work through it and make sense of it.

5. Music and visualization therapy 
Lighting scented candles and playing soothing music is a good way to start for a refreshing bath. The soothing music could be sounds of ocean waves. The music should be playing while you prepare to soak. Imagine yourself on a beach chaise partially immersed in the ocean water. Imagine your stress going away as the wave recedes. Feel the relaxation as it kicks in and enjoy the moment. This is one of the things you can do to fall asleep faster at night

6. Laugh 
Laughing out loud can make you feel good by slowing down the production of cortisol, a stress hormone. In response to the slow production of cortisol, the body will produce endorphins that will make you feel good. Laughter will help you cope with stress. Share funny anecdotes, read jokes, watch funny clips and other fun things that can make you laugh. 

7. Breathe the right way 
We breathe in a way that's fast and sharp when we're stressed. Relax yourself through slow and deep inhaling and exhaling without jerks. Relaxation for the mind will kick in when you let your stomach inflate when you inhale and deflate when you exhale out slowly. Let inhaling be your inlet for a new refreshing dawn and exhaling be your outlet of emotions. 

8.  Do Yoga 
Yoga lowers stress in your mind and relaxes and tones your body. It will promote your emotional well-being. It involves poses that allow for a good circulation of blood full of oxygen. Common yoga poses that have proved to be very effective include Downward Dog and the Seated Forward Bends. The Corpse Pose will give you the relaxation for the mind you are looking for. Whether you are at home, at work, or traveling, yoga is there to relieve you from stress. Learn how to relax with yoga and lead a stress-free lifestyle.

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