Stress is a normal part of life, but it can build up and take its toll on your health. Chronic stress can lead to mental and physical health issues, including depression.
Practicing relaxation techniques can help you manage your stress levels and increase your quality of life. It also can help you to manage the symptoms of stress when they arise so that you don’t spiral out of control and cause further problems.
Progressive Muscle Relaxation
Tensing and releasing muscle groups, body part by body part can be an effective relaxation technique. Start with your feet and work up to your neck and head, noticing any sensations as you go. Repeat this a few times.
Imagining a peaceful setting can be an effective relaxation technique. It may also be helpful to visualize the tension leaving your body through your breath as you breathe in and out.
Belly breathing is one of the most effective relaxation techniques, and it’s easy to do. Teach your child to “turn down” their body’s natural stress response by slowing their breathing and letting the muscles in their belly relax.
Listening to music can calm your mind, connect you with your emotions and distract you from worrying thoughts. Try listening to your favourite songs, or even just a playlist that has relaxing lyrics.
Journaling can be a great way to let your feelings out and express yourself. This can be especially useful if you’re feeling anxious or depressed, as it provides an outlet for your emotions.