If you have ever struggled to wind down, don’t worry — you aren’t alone. Our fast-paced lifestyle makes it hard to prioritize rest, especially if you live with anxiety or other stress-inducing conditions. But learning relaxation techniques can help you reduce your overall levels of stress and make it easier to fall asleep at night. And that’s a win-win for everyone, as stress weakens the immune system and contributes to many health problems.
Here are some of the best relaxing tips we’ve found to get you started.
Try deep breathing – Concentrating on your breath and visualizing a peaceful scene can help you calm down. Close your eyes and find a point of focus, such as the rhythm of your own breathing, or a word that is meaningful to you, like “love.” If thoughts enter your mind, acknowledge them, but bring your attention back to the breath.
Take a bath or shower – The warm temperatures can relieve tension in the muscles. Try listening to soothing music to help you relax. Some studies have shown that calming music can reduce heart rate and blood pressure, and boost your mood.
Try meditation – It can have a powerful impact on your mental state. It’s also easy to do: All you need is a quiet place, such as your bedroom or the garden, and some time for yourself. If you’re new to meditation, consider using a guided meditation. You can find free ones online.