It’s easier to take out five to fifteen minutes to relax than schedule a whole day for relaxation. And here are some easy strategies to help you relax this Saturday or whenever you want to.
5 Tips You Can Try To Relax This Saturday
Breathe it out
Breathing exercises are one of the simplest relaxation strategies, and can effectively calm your stressed-out body and mind anywhere at any time. Do this by sitting or laying down in a quiet place such as on your bed or the floor in your home putting one hand on your belly.
Breathe into a slow count of three, and then breathe out. Feel your belly rise and fall as you breathe in and out. Repeat for as long as you need to feel relaxed.
Release physical tension.
Releasing any physical tension can help relieve stress in your body and mind. Practice doing this by Laying on a soft surface, such as your bed, a carpet, or a yoga mat. Tense up one part of your body at a time, and then slowly release your muscles. As you do this, notice how your body sensations change. Many people start either with the muscles in their face or their toes, and then work their way through the muscles across their bodies to the opposite end and feel relaxed after.
Write down your thoughts.
Getting things off your mind by writing them down may help you relax. When you feel stressed, get a journal and take a few minutes to write down some short notes about how you’re feeling. You might also do this in your note app on your smartphone. Don’t worry about being poetic or spelling everything correctly. Just focus on expressing yourself to help release some of your stress.
Make a list
Making a list of what you’re grateful for can help some people feel relaxed. Experts say that when we’re stressed, we tend to focus on the negative parts of life rather than the positive. Thinking about the positive parts of your life and writing them down may help you chill out. Try thinking of three good things that happened to you today and write them down, no matter how insignificant you think it is.
Lastly, connect to nature
Spending just a few minutes in nature when you feel stressed may help you relax. When you’re feeling stressed, take a step outside and go for a short walk, or simply sit in nature. And you don’t necessarily need to be in nature to feel its stress-reducing effects. Scientists have found that simply looking at images of nature with greenery for five minutes on a computer screen or smartphone can help calm you down. So, thanks to technology!
Written by uchechukwu for EM