3 Relaxation Techniques to Reduce Your Stress Level
Relaxation techniques are a great way to help you with stress. Relaxation isn’t just about peace of mind as these techniques can reduce stress symptoms and help you enjoy a better life. Relaxation is a process that decreases the effects of stress on your mind and body. It also helps you to cope with everyday’s stress and health problems.
Learning basic relaxation techniques is easy. Relaxation techniques are exercises that you do for free or with low-cost tools and can be done anywhere. Explore the following three simple relaxation techniques and get started on decreasing the stress level in your life and improving your health.
Practicing relaxation techniques can reduce your stress symptoms by having some effects on you such as: Slowing your heart rate, lowering blood pressure, slowing your breathing rate and reducing the activity of stress hormones. To get the most benefit, try to use relaxation techniques along with other positive methods, such as thinking positively, finding humor, problem-solving, managing time, exercising, getting enough sleep, and talking to some supportive family members and friends.
In general, relaxation techniques involve refocusing your attention on something calming and increasing awareness of your body. It doesn’t matter which relaxation technique you choose. What matters is that you practice relaxation regularly to gain its benefits.
There are several main types of relaxation techniques, including:
Meditation an effective technique in releasing stress. Sit up straight with both feet on the floor and close your eyes. Focus your attention on a positive thought such as “I feel at peace” or “I love myself.” Don’t let any distracting thoughts to affect your mood and make it float by like clouds.
2 Progressive muscle relaxation
In this relaxation technique, you focus on slowly tensing and then relaxing each muscle group. This helps you to focus on the difference between muscle tension and relaxation. You become more aware of physical sensations. You can start by tensing and relaxing the muscles in your toes and progressively working your way up to your neck, or you can do the otherwise. Tense your muscles for five seconds at least and then relax for 30 seconds, and repeat.
In this relaxation technique, you use your imagination to form mental images to take a visual journey to a peaceful, calming place. During visualization, try to use as many senses as you can, including smell, sight, sound, and touch. If you imagine relaxing at the ocean, for instance, think about the smell of salt water, the sound of crashing waves on the rocks and the warmth of the sun on your body. You may want to close your eyes, sit in a quiet place and feel free.
If one relaxation technique didn’t work for you, try another one. I think you would get excellent benefits from these techniques. After all, remember that relaxation techniques are skills. As with any skill, your ability to relax and stretch out your muscles improves with practice. Be patient with yourself not to let your effort of practicing these techniques become another stress cause. Be careful not to hurt yourself at practice as some methods demand a physical effort. Good luck!