It’s no secret that today’s world moves faster than ever, and keeping up isn’t easy. Some of us are extremely busy all of the time, or we struggle with being busybodies and feel like we need to constantly be productive. This can easily lead to higher levels of stress, and if we don’t take a second to relax and enjoy life, that stress will only build. The problem is that many people just don’t feel like they have the time to relax. How does one take the time for themselves when they struggle to fit in everything in their already busy lives? Here are a few tips to help you relax when you’re on the go.
You probably hear this all of the time when people recognize that you’re stressed out, but breathing is a fantastic way to deal with stress. Maybe you’ve tried this in the past and it didn’t seem to help you, but it’s likely you just weren’t doing it probably. While it sounds easy, it’s a little more complex than just taking a breath. If you can, go to a quiet place and sit down. Now you’ll want to slowly breathe in for 3 slow seconds, and slowly release it over 3 seconds as well. You can put your hand on your stomach and feel it rise and fall as you breathe in and out as well if that helps you. You’ll usually want to do this at least 5 times, and it should help you calm down a little bit.
Running warm water on your body, particularly your wrists when you wash your hands, is a great way to reduce your stress levels. Doing this slows your heart due to relaxing the arteries in your wrist and increasing circulation. It’s similar to how slower breathing affects your heart rate. Washing your face or taking a warm shower can also make a big difference if you have that opportunity. For many people, showers are one of the most personal moments they have in a day, where they can be alone with their thoughts and the warm running water. This is a great way to help yourself relax in tenser situations.
You might hear people tell you to “loosen up” when they catch you in stressful situations, but “loosening up” can actually help you relax quite a bit. Find a comfortable place for you to lay down, preferably a soft surface such as a bed or yoga mat, and then tense up your body one part at a time, slowly releasing your muscles. This can make a big difference in your stress levels, especially if you take the time do to as much of your body as possible. You can loosen up your jaw, toes, face, shoulders, and so much more.
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