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10 ways to relax.

Updated: Jul 19, 2023


Chris maragkakis. Blog author and Life Coach

Rushing around and constantly being stimulated is not good for us.


Our body and mind needs to rest and repair each day so that they can keep us well and cope effectively when something stressful comes along.


In our modern world, very few of us take the time to just sit and be still. We often have a phone in our hand or are watching TV or maybe even multitasking because we feel there is so much to get done.


Being busy occasionally is good.

It lets us get things done or makes us feel productive and short bursts of the stress chemicals that she produces when we are busy can be beneficial. But like stress, prolonged busyness can lead to anxiety, fatigue, overwhelm and illness.


Let's look at 10 ways to relax, to help you get some rest everyday, which will build confidence and resilience and help to stop you getting burned out.

1.Breathe.

Set reminders on your phone and when it sounds, take five or six lovely deep breaths to send oxygen around your system and activate the parasympathetic nervous system. This is our rest and repair manger.


Alternatively you could try breathing in for a count of four, hold the breath for a count of two and then breathe out for a count of six. Repeat three to six times.

2.Go for a stroll.

This is not a power walk or an opportunity to make a quick call. This is time to consciously slow things down and notice the sights and sounds around you.


3.Get moving.

Do some gentle movement such as tai chi or yoga to bring the body and mind together and direct your focus inward.


4.Listen

Sit or lie down somewhere comfortable and warm and listen to relaxing music or a guided meditation.


5.Meditate.

Create a space where you can be still, comfortable and quiet and take time to observe what arises for you.


6.Have a massage or a gong bath.

It doesn't have to only be one of these two, there are lots of holistic activities to help you relax. But do them.


7.Accept reality.

If you are stuck in a queue or traffic jam or things are taking so much longer than you thought they would. Just accept it. You getting angry or stressed out won't make things go faster, it will just add to your suffering. Instead, Accept that you are stuck and use the time to list things you are grateful for or practice a breathing exercise or repeat a mantra or affirmation.


8.Take a nap.

A short power nap can revitalise your body and mind and give them the opportunity to stand down.


9.Do a body scan.

Start at one end of your body and work your way through looking for areas of tension. When you find one, direct the in breath there and allow the tension to go with the outbreath.


10.Prepare yourself for a good night's sleep.

Make sure your bedroom is clutter free and restful.

If possible, keep the space under your bed clear so that energy can flow freely around you.

Turn off screens an hour before bed.

Maybe do some light stretches or breath work.

Have a soothing drink. Not alcohol or caffeine.

Try a warm bath.

Listen to music or a guided visualisation.

Journal.

Be grateful for your day.

Set an intention to have a deep and relaxing, healing sleep.


I'm sure that you can come up with lots of other ways to relax and quieten the mind. Prevention is always better than cure so making time to slow rings down each day is an excellent tool to have in your wellbeing toolkit.


Whatever you are doing this week.

Have a fabulous time and take care of you.

Chris.x


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