It’s easy to relax when you’re on vacation as you lie on the beach or stroll through museums. However, peace can be more elusive when your kids are home sick and your inbox is overflowing at work.
Fortunately, there are ways to make relaxing anywhere simple and quick. Try these 15 foolproof methods for unwinding at home or at the office.
Relaxing at Home:
Many studies suggest that prolonged television watching tends to be a short-term pleasure that contributes to long-term discontent. Search for more effective methods for making yourself comfortable at home.
- Turn off your phone.
Disconnect for a while each day. Make family meals and the final hours
before bed a phone-free time.
- Listen to music. Put on
your local classical radio station or any music that you enjoy. Sit down
and pay attention without trying to multitask.
- Meditate briefly. Even a
few minutes of meditation can increase your mindfulness. Pull up a cushion
and observe your thoughts. You could also do walking meditation around
your living room or patio.
- Visualize peace. Guided
imagery is another powerful technique. Picture a scene that makes you feel
tranquil inside and out. Imagine yourself walking through a field of
flowers or swimming in a cool lagoon.
- Massage your feet. Five
minutes is barely time to draw a bath, but you can soak your feet. Fill a
basin with warm water. Squeeze your heels and gently pull on each toe.
- Drink warm milk. Any warm
beverage without caffeine can be soothing. Add vanilla or cinnamon to warm
milk or sip a cup of chamomile tea before bed.
- Sniff lavender. Sample a variety of essential oils used for relaxation. You may discover a personal favorite, or you may want to rotate among lavender, valerian, and bergamot.
Relaxing at Work or at the Computer and Desk:
Are you afraid to take time out when you’re busy at work and your boss is watching? Remember that periodic breaks make you more productive. Here are a few more things you can do.
- Breathe deeply. When you
feel tense, turn your attention to your breath. Inhale deeply from your abdomen and lengthen your exhalations.
- Adjust your posture. Scan
your body to release any spots where you may be holding on to stress.
Squeeze your shoulder blades together and press them down. Soften your
forehead and blink your eyes.
- Take a walk. If possible,
head outside to enjoy the sunshine and fresh air. If you need to stay
indoors, climb a few flights of stairs or walk from one end of the office
to the other.
- Stretch your muscles. Stand
up and perform a few static stretches. Lower yourself into a forward bend.
Clasp your elbows behind your back.
- Chew gum. Would you believe
that chewing gum fights anxiety? Pop a stick into your mouth for a few
minutes before performance appraisals or sales calls.
- Squeeze a ball. The next
time you see a tradeshow booth giving away stress balls, grab one. Keep
one on your desk to play with occasionally. It may help with arthritis
- Laugh about it. Look for
the humor in challenging situations. Share a joke with a coworker or post
funny quotes around your desk. Laughter
loosens up your muscles and boosts your immune system.
- Smile more. Some scientists think that smiling reduces stress because it lowers your heart rate. Start the day by wishing your coworkers a cheerful good morning and remember to look happy when you’re on the phone.
Regular relaxation keeps your mind and body healthy and strong. Experiment to find the practices that relieve your stress and renew your energy.
My personal favorite relaxation tool is meditating with music, hypnosis, or chanting positive affirmations with breath work. Go here now for the tools and resources that work for me!
Be strong and carry on,