Why should you learn how to relax fast? Because stress is more than just unpleasant. It’s also dangerous. Many diseases are now known to be caused by or made worse by stress, but you can do something about it.
Just try these 10 relaxation techniques today and use them whenever you feel that tension coming on.
1, Have a hot shower – The hot water relaxes your muscles and the break from more stressful activities helps too.
2. Play relaxing music – Experiment to see which music relaxes you the most effectively. Then keep your favourite relaxation playlist to hand wherever you’ll need it most.
3. Go somewhere else – This really helps if the things stressing you out are in the room or associated with it. Why not get out for a little while?
4. Have a cup of chamomile tea – Chamomile seems to have a calming effect on the nerves and hot drinks in general can help you relax.
5. Watch your mind – If you can spot the stressors lurking just below the surface (hunger, worry, a phone call you need to make, a conversation you need to have) you can resolve them by taking action and feel more relaxed.
6. Have a laugh – Of course, you know from experience that this helps you relax, right? Find the person that knows all the best jokes, find the funny cat video on YouTube, the humour Facebook page or just find something funny in front of you.
7. Breath deep through your nose – Just close your eyes and pay attention only to your breathing while doing this. Five slow deep breaths is like a mini-meditation. You can also watch my YouTube video on how to beat stress using two great breathing techniques to calm you down in 5 minutes – WATCH HERE.
8. Take a walk – Walking is one of the best relaxation techniques if you have at least ten minutes to spare. Find a pretty place to walk while you’re at it. In NLP we know that our physiology (what we do with our physical body) impacts how we feel. So swing those arms, loosen those shoulders, look up and notice the sky, stride out with those legs, loosen the lower jaw … or whatever you can move 🙂
9. Give someone a hug – As long as it’s from somebody you don’t mind hugging (and doesn’t mind you hugging them!), this really can be very relaxing.
10. Interrupt your routine – Stop to talk to someone sat on a bench, eat lunch on the roof top looking out, or sit looking out over the water. Anything that breaks you out of your habitual patterns can relieve stress.
Over time you can change to be more relaxed. Of course, if the thought of the work involved in this just stresses you more, you might want to take it slow.
Are you interested to learn more about how you can better manage your stress, pressure and anxiety? – did you know we have a short course packed full with tips on how to better understand stress, ideas of how to reduce the level of stress you experience and easy to use practical strategies you can use to reduce your stress levels today! You can check the online course OUT HERE.
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