Just Chill — 5 Ways To Relax Yourself
Everyday we wake up and start our to-do lists. We get ready for work, drive to work, make phone calls, appointments, laundry etc. With so much going on we need to find easy ways to relax. In an ideal world, if we wanted to unplug, we’d take long luxurious vacations at a resort and sip on mojitos. Unfortunately, that’s not how the world works and we can’t indulge as much as we want to.
Here are a few things that have helped me to chill out when I’m feeling overwhelmed.
1. Go Outside for a Walk
Take 15 minutes to walk alone outside to get fresh air. According to the Scientific American, sporadic breaks replenish our energy, fuel productivity, improve self control and decision making.
2. Take Deep Breaths!
A long and subtle breath establishes a calm mind. A calm mind is the foundation for everything great.
- Try this 5-minute meditation technique for relaxation:
- Inhale and count to 5
- Hold your breath and count to 3
- Exhale and count to 8
- Hold your breath and count to 1
3. Listen to Your Favorite Album
Listening and playing music increases the body’s production of the the antibody immunoglobulin A and natural killer cells- the cells that attached invading viruses and boost the immune system’s effectiveness. Music also reduces levels of the stress hormone cortisol.
— American Psychological Association
This is one reason why music is associated with relaxation. No matter how I’m feeling, I always listen to music. It has helped me through everything!
4. Do Yoga
Yoga is recognized as a form of mind-body medicine that integrates an individual’s physical, mental and spiritual components to improve aspects of health, particularly stress related illnesses.
— International Journey of Yoga
Take 15–30 minutes to do a yoga sequence. You can find free yoga routines on YouTube.
5. Drink a Cup of Tea and Read a Magazine or Book
The human mind has to concentrate on reading and the distraction eases the tension in muscles and the heart.
— University of Sussex
Find something that you are interested in and read on it. Just a few minutes of reading will help you to relax.
A single cup of tea can significantly reduce anxiety levels after suffering a stressful experience- and in some cases make people calmer than they were before.
— Dr. Malcolm Cross
I love Tea during all times of the day. Drink a cup of your favorite tea, get a book, listen to your music and just chill.
I hope these tips help you! What do you do to relax yourself?