By Scarlett Meade & Craig Jarrell.
We live a non-stop lifestyle, where doing nothing is obsolete. And when I say nothing I literally mean it, not reading, not watching TV, not thinking about the future or past. Nothing. Taking a break to relax is underrated. In our daily routine sometimes it is so hard for us to take 20 to 30 minutes to relax and check how we are feeling because we always have something to do.
Relaxation techniques will help us manage and reduce stress that we don’t even know is there until we finished the practice. We can calm our body and mind and make it ready to keep going. If you practice constantly these are some of the health benefits of relaxation:
- Reduce headaches.
- Improve digestion.
- Increase blood flow to major muscles.
- Improve sleep quality.
- Reduce fatigue.
- Reduce anger and frustration.
- Boost confidence to handle problems.
- Reduce the pain.
That’s why relaxing can have a great impact on our lives.
These 2-5 minute techniques are so easy to learn. Feel free to enjoy anytime, anywhere. You can use them while you are driving, before an important meeting, before an interview, giving a presentation, etc. You have the choice to decide when you give your body and mind a little break.
Get started on de-stressing your life and improving your health with these 3 techniques:
Breathe and repeat. This is a simple method you can use everywhere. Do five deep breaths, focusing on deep belly breathing. Every time you inhale try to make your stomach stick out, and when you exhale contract it. This breathing technique is based on the natural way of breathing. The best teachers are the babies. Look how they inflate their belly as a balloon, and then they deflate it. Always remember to breath “naturally”.
The magic place. Close your eyes. Using your imagination, go to that place that makes you feel happy and in peace. Bring that moment in your mind, every detail of it. How does it look? What sounds can you hear. Does it have a special smell? Experience it as if you were there, and think about all the positive thoughts and feelings that place produces in you.
Tense and relax. Most of the time, we can identify parts of our body like the head, the neck, shoulders, our back, that feel tense or heavy. That is where most of our stress comes together. Select that area or all the areas of your body where you feel stress. Contract it as hard as you can. Breath “naturally” and count 10 seconds. Then relax it. Repeat this 3 to 5 times in each area until you feel that the tension is gone.
“Sometimes the most productive thing you can do is relax!” Mark Black.