Stress is part of life, but that doesn’t mean we can’t take steps to unwind from time to time. Try these best relaxing tips to help calm your mind and body.
Meditate for as little as 10 minutes each day to reduce stress and anxiety instantly. Sit in a quiet spot and close your eyes, focusing on breathing slowly and deeply, paying attention to the sensation of your breath as it fills and then releases through your nose and mouth. When your thoughts intrude, don’t fight them; just bring your attention back to your breath and repeat as needed.
Deep breathing exercises are a simple and effective relaxation technique that you can do anywhere at any time. Sit or lie down in a comfortable position and place one hand on your stomach and the other on your chest. Breathe in through your nose to a slow count of three and then out through your mouth, feeling your belly rise and fall with each breath. Repeat five times or as long as needed.
Studies have shown that visualization techniques can be effective for many populations to decrease stress levels. Encourage children to close their eyes and picture a peaceful, calming scene. Examples include trees, public parks and other natural surroundings, outer space scenery or waves lapping the beach. Adding a sensory element to this exercise, such as visualizing a softly cracking fire or soothing music, can enhance the effectiveness of the technique.