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Some relaxing ways to relax

Sometimes we tend to stress all day rather than take just a few minutes to relax. Well, it doesn’t have to be that way. Why not try these relaxation techniques? If one doesn’t work, try another to see which works best for you.

Technique 1: Calming words

Sit comfortably and think of a calming word or phrase and repeat it slowly, over and over in your mind. Try to imagine a peaceful place. Then focus on controlled, relaxed breathing.

Technique 2: Letting go of tension

Get in a comfortable position and slowly tense, then relax, each muscle group. Start with the muscles in your toes and slowly work your way up to your neck and head. Tense your muscles for at least five seconds, then relax for 30 seconds and repeat. Focus on the difference between muscle tension and relaxation.

Technique 3: Picture this

Sit in a quiet spot and loosen any tight clothing. Think of a calming place or situation, and then go there in your mind. Try to use as many senses as you can, including smells, sights, sounds, and textures. Imagine relaxing in a beautiful meadow—feel the warmth of the sun on your face, the slight breeze through your hair.

Meditation

People have been practicing meditation for its health-related benefits for thousands of years. Adding meditation to your daily routine can help you focus on the most important thing in your life: you.

  • Close your eyes and clear away any distracting thoughts
  • Slowly inhale and exhale through your nostrils
  • Repeat a meaningful name or phrase in your head
  • Focus on any pain or tension you’re feeling
  • Imagine that you’re breathing “relaxation” into your body
  • If your mind starts to wander, simply start over

Remember, these relaxation skills are developed over time. So don’t “stress out” if you are having difficulty getting the hang of them right away. Try one the next time you feel tense. With patience and practice, you may find a technique you can feel good about.

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