Stress can take a toll on physical and emotional health. It can make it hard to sleep and tense muscles can cause headaches, stomachaches and joint pain. Learning how to relax can help you feel calm and energized. Here are some of the best relaxing tips for kids and adults alike:
Breathe it out
One of the easiest ways to engage your body’s relaxation response is through deep breathing. Sit or lay down in a safe place and place one hand on your belly. Take a deep breath in to the count of three and then release it. Repeat as needed.
Find your happy place
Visualization is a popular stress reduction technique. When you imagine a relaxing environment, try to include all the senses — smells, sight and touch are especially helpful. For example, if you’re thinking about a beach, you might picture the smell of the salt water, the sound of calming waves and the feeling of gritty sand under your feet.
Exercise is also a great form of relaxation. It’s important to be active and exercise helps reduce stress, improve mood and boost energy levels. For example, taking a walk around the block can give your mind and body a break from work or school.
It’s also a good idea to take breaks from digital screens and spend time with friends or family members in person. Whether it’s a monthly racquetball game or weekly rom-com movie night, making time to hang out in person can help you feel relaxed.