With the world opening up again and people returning to in-person work, children’s schedules being once again filled with extracurriculars and playdates, plus our typical day-to-day responsibilities, life is feeling a little overwhelming for many of us. When life gets this way, or even before it does, it’s a good idea to have a tool kit full of ways to help you get and stay relaxed. When you’re able to be mindful of your actions and calm, everyday stressors don’t seem as significant as they would if you were stressed out and frazzled. So, let’s take a look at some relaxation methods that are proven to work.
Meditation has been touted by many as the key to keeping their overall mental and emotional health in balance. While it can be hard to get into the habit of meditation, once you’re used to it, it’s one of the most beneficial ways to relax and focus on the present. With the digital realm full of apps (many of which are free) at the ready to help teach you how to meditate, there is no time like the present to try it out. There are even guided meditations you can do if that is more your style. Many reflections are targeted toward very specific situations so they can help with even the most individual issues you may be dealing with. If you are more of a visual learner, you can also implement Youtube to help you learn how to meditate. Being able to slow down, focus on your breathing and be just in the present is an invaluable asset, so consider giving it a try.
It’s no secret that nature holds the key to so much that it is healthy for us. When it comes to relaxation, turn to nature in several forms. One is aromatherapy. Essential oil diffusers are excellent for setting a mood or tone in your room or household of overall calm. While there are an array of essential oils that promote calmness and relaxation, the most popular is, of course, lavender. Please be mindful if you have pets in your home; however, essential oils can be harmful to them – specifically cats; so this option may not be for you. If this is the case, burning incense in scents, you find relaxing can accomplish the same effect.
Another natural route to take his tea. Tea has been used essentially since its discovery as a means to relax. Many tea drinkers looking to calm down choose chamomile or lavender teas, but there are many blends that can achieve the same effect. Try incorporating a nice cup of relaxing tea into your evening or end-of-day routine to unwind.
There are several supplements on the market known to calm and relax people that are taking them. Magnesium, which most Western people are deficient in, is not only a vital nutrient our body needs, but it also boasts the benefit of calmness and relaxation. Passionflower is a calming herbal supplement as well. Newer on people’s radar when it comes to helping with stress management and relaxation is CBD—purchasing a high potency CBD oil and taking it as directed is an excellent incorporation to your daily routine if you want to balance overall stress and anxiety levels. Not only that, CBD packs some serious punches when it comes to other health benefits. As with adding any new supplement on medication, you want first to check in with your primary care doctor to make sure they don’t interact with any medicines you take daily that are prescribed to you. Overall, supplements are a safe and affordable way to up your relaxation levels without worrying about unwanted adverse side effects.
Let’s get physical, physical… Moving our bodies daily produces a flood of essential chemicals within the brain that help regulate our mood and metabolism. After all, physical health impacts mental and emotional health, so it only makes sense that being physically active makes you more prone to relaxing and dealing with mental stressors. So, make it a priority to get in some form of physical exercise each and every day. Even if it’s only for ten minutes, get the blood flowing and get your heart rate up a little bit. Your emotional well-being will thank you for it.
So, there you have it. The main takeaway is how intrinsically, our physical and mental health is linked. Make sure you’re taking one to look after the other. If you’re not already implementing items in this list, encourage yourself to take baby steps to move your life in a healthier direction. Here’s to you!