We can’t help but find ourselves under constant pressure to be more, do more, and give more. We strive to be perfect. We are so busy outworking others and ourselves that we often miss the important things in life. In fact, most of us get caught in the guilt of lacking me-time. Most of us also put themselves under the pressure of doing more besides feeling increased pressure from the outside world of being the best versions of ourselves.
Have you ever thought about what part the media and social expectations are playing in our lives? How are these constantly draining us and demanding to become better, look better, work better, and so on? It is no wonder why many of us feel the imminent threat of collapsing or having a mental, physical, and emotional burnout.
Why do we need to relax?
It is important to be relaxed because being tensed, stressed-out, and anxious harms our bodies. Both our minds and the insides of our bodies go through a series of changes when we feel anxious, stressed, or threatened. Stress can impact our heart rates, respiratory system, blood pressure, and digestive system linked to how and when we eat and drink. And, stress can also affect the quality of our sleep.
The impact of stress on our minds is different. For instance, it might make us develop a constant state of mental agitation and nervousness. It can also, however, make us feel butterflies and funny. It can also make us feel sad, depressed, lonely, and alienated from reality. That said, it is important to calm oneself down, manage those feelings, and regain control. With effective relaxing techniques, we can control our bodies’ stress hormones and restore positivity and productivity. Let us look at some of the effective relaxation techniques that can help us unwind and let it all out.
As you might have guessed by the term, visualization is all about forming soothing and peaceful mental images in the mind. It is about taking a visual journey to a quiet place where you can calm down the inner turmoil. The trick behind this relaxing technique is to make maximum use of all your senses to feel the relaxing atmosphere, sounds, fragrance/ smell, and touch of that place. For instance, if you feel the happiest at the beach, but you are stressing out over something, your boss said to you about an approaching deadline. Instead of fretting over it, close your eyes and imagine walking barefoot on the sand. Imagine smelling that salty air near the beach, feel the water on your skin, and hear the distant sound of seagulls. There you go! You are already smiling and have regained your calm composure. Happy thoughts produced through visualization is all you needed to calm down and regain your focus. The best part about visualization is that you can do anytime, anywhere, and it costs you absolutely nothing!
2) Autogenic Relaxation
This realization technique resembles the previously mentioned visualization technique as it comes from within you. Body awareness and visual imagery are combined in the autogenic method to get rid of stress. All you have to do is to repeat words or images in your mind that will trigger happy thoughts or happy memories in your mind. Remember that it is all in your mind, everything that is negative and everything positive. While imagining that scenery or memories linked to that repeated word, focus on controlling your breathing and slowing down your heart rate. Your focus should also be on inducing calm and positive physical sensations slowly and gradually. You can start by relaxing your arms, your legs, your mind, all one by one. Click here to read more on how to benefit from some serious relaxation.
3) Breathing Technique
This technique is quite popular and well-known due to its simple yet powerful mechanism. All you need to do is start taking long, deep, slow breaths whenever you feel that stress is about to kick in, and your blood pressure is rising. This technique is also known as belly breathing. The underlying trick is that as you breathe, the mind starts disengaging with whatever triggered the stress. Resultantly, your focus is shifted to breathing. This allows the mind to get distracted from negative thoughts. This technique is recommended for people who develop eating disorders because of stress. The breathing technique will enable them to re-focus on a positive body image.
4) Progressive Muscle Relaxation
This is another one of the most effective relaxing techniques. It requires you to slowly tense up your muscle (s) and then relax them afterward. This soothing practice makes one more aware of their physical sensation. It gives you a mental stimulation of letting go of negativity, frustration, and anger. At the same time, you contract and release the muscle or muscle group. For instance, you can form your hand into a fist and create muscle tension. Subsequently, you continue the tensing and relaxing of the muscles by working progressively to other areas of your body. You could also start with your toes and work your way up to the neck and vice versa. It is recommended to tense the muscles up for no more than five seconds and relax them for at least thirty seconds before repeating.
Other Useful Relaxation Techniques
Other relaxation techniques include yoga, meditation, music therapy, aromatherapy, and hydrotherapy. You don’t necessarily have to spend hours practicing relaxing methods. A few minutes of mindfulness can work wonders. We recommend taking up to keeping a journal every day. It will allow you to sit back, relax, and analyze how your day went. It is also necessary to spend a couple of hours each day doing what makes you happy. You might want to hit the gym, go on a walk, listen to your favorite podcast, or simply read a book. Also, learn to live in the present instead of dwelling in the past. What other people think about you is none of your business. They aren’t going to live your life for you. Keep your mind, body, and soul detoxed while you work at getting the best version of yourself every day.