We’ve all experienced that feeling of stress and anxiety that keeps us up at night, but the truth is that constant worry can be detrimental to your health. Learning how to relax is a crucial skill and luckily there are many ways to do so, no matter your time constraints. From yoga to meditation, and even listening to calming music, we’ve compiled a list of the best relaxing tips that actually work for everyone.
Deep breathing is one of the easiest and most effective relaxation techniques to engage your body’s natural relaxation response. Close your eyes, find a spot to focus on (like the rise and fall of your chest or the sensation of your stomach moving in and out) and simply concentrate on it. If distracting thoughts come into your mind, that’s OK, just gently return your attention to your point of focus.
Massaging your hands can help you de-stress. It’s a great way to release tension in the hands, shoulders and back and helps reduce pain as well.
Use essential oils like lavender, chamomile or sage to help you unwind. They can be used in a diffuser, or you can simply add a few drops of oil to your bath water and take a long, soothing soak.
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