Finding time to relax is a challenge for many people. But with a little practice, there are plenty of ways to chill out and recharge. Try some of these best relaxing tips to help you de-stress:
Find what really relaxes you. “It’s important to figure out what your’relaxation’ ritual looks like,” says Caraballo. This way, you can tailor it to fit your unique needs and what works best for your mental and physical health.
Try meditation. Studies show that daily meditation can significantly lower stress and anxiety levels. Even a short session can be beneficial—for example, the next time you need to use the restroom during a stressful work meeting or school class, take advantage of your break by doing breathing exercises or a visualization.
Breathe deeply and consciously. Deep breathing activates the parasympathetic nervous system, which is associated with relaxation and calmness. You can easily do this by inhaling slowly and deeply through your nose, pausing for a few seconds, then exhaling gently. It also helps to clench your jaw muscles (the temporomandibular joint, or TMJ), which is where a lot of tension can be stored.
Visualize your happy place. This is a classic relaxation technique, and it can be done at any age or stage of life. Have your child close their eyes and picture a place that makes them feel calm. Then, imagine all of the details associated with that special place: the sights, sounds, smells, and tactile sensations like wet sand or salty air. You can also look for apps or playlists of soothing music to listen to while relaxing.