9 Relaxing Techniques


A few good relaxation techniques can help in your daily life. Practices such as meditation can help relieve that stress. Maybe you need to try a few of these simple ways to relax.

“The most important thing about technology is that it can seamlessly work its way into your routine and your life.” ~ John Legend

1. Interrupt routines. Go talk to that guy sleeping on the bench, or eat lunch on the roof. Just doing anything that breaks you out of your habitual patterns can relieve stress.

2. Have a hot shower. It can relax your muscles. Any break from stressful activities can help too.

“I sing Broadway stuff in the shower, mostly.” ~ Rita Moreno

3. Practice this mindfulness exercise, it may become one of your favorite relaxation techniques. Try watching your mind. Spot the stressors lurking just below the surface (hunger, worry, a phone call you need to make), and you can resolve them and feel more relaxed.

“The means that make one qualified for enquiry are meditation, yoga, etc. One should gain proficiency in these through graded practice and thus secure a stream of mental modes that is natural and helpful.” ~
Ramana Maharshi

4. Try laughing. Your own experience shows that this helps you relax, right? Go find a person that knows all the best jokes, or find something funny in front of you.

“My great hope is to laugh as much as I cry; to get my work done and try to love somebody and have the courage to accept the love in return.” ~ Maya Angelou

5. Use relaxing music. Keep your favorite relaxation CD, mp3 or podcast at the office, in the car, or wherever you’ll need it most.

6. Leave the room for a while. This can really help if the things in the room or related to it are triggering your stressful thoughts. Why not get out for a little while?

“I have this phobia: I don’t like mirrors. And I don’t watch myself on television. If anything comes on, I make them shut it off, or I leave the room.” ~
Pamela Anderson

7. Breath deeply. Try five deep breaths through your nose. Close your eyes and pay attention only to your breathing while doing this. It’s like a mini-meditation, and perhaps the most effective of the quick relaxation techniques.

8. Drink some chamomile tea. Chamomile tea seems to have a calming effect on the nerves. Any hot tea without caffeine may be relaxing.

“I love a good breakfast – grits and eggs, French toast, turkey bacon. My grandmother on my father’s side used to make tea cakes, and her breakfasts were unbelievable. There was fresh ham, and she would go out to the yard to get fresh eggs. She lived in rural Louisiana, and we’d spend summers with her.”
Tyler Perry

9. Walk a while. If you have at least ten minutes to spare, walking is one of the best relaxation techniques. While you’re at it, find a pretty place to walk.

Why not start with one or two of the simple relaxation techniques above? Naturally, it is ideal. Take it slow. If you can change yourself, so you’re naturally more relaxed all of the time.

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