Feeling stressed or anxious? Well, I'd like to teach you some of the best ways to relax.
Have you ever looked at the people around you and wondered why they seem so calm and relaxed, while you're a quivering mass of stress and tension? I certainly used to! But now that I have healed myself and changed my whole outlook on life, I've become one of those calm and relaxed people I used to envy. And you can too!
Being able to relax is vital for your overall health on all levels - physical, emotional, mental and spiritual. And I'm not just referring to slumping in front of the TV at the end of the day.
We all need some regular form of deep relaxation to feel our best. And the better we feel, the more easily we cope with life in general.
What are the Benefits of Practising these Best Ways to Relax?
Of course, there are many more great reasons to practice these best ways to relax.
Okay, so you've decided you'd like to start experiencing these benefits - let's get you started on some easy relaxation techniques.
1. Deep Breathing Exercises
Everyone's heard of deep breathing exercises and how good they are for you. But how many people actually put them into practice?
You only need to spend about five to ten minutes doing a session of deep breathing to feel wonderful afterward. Surely you can give yourself 10 minutes of your own time at least once or twice a day - you are worth it, and the rest of the world can wait!
When you breathe in, you are not just taking in air. The breath takes in the life-force of the Universe, referred to as prana in Sanskrit or chi in Chinese. Breathing in correctly gives vitality to your whole being, and breathing out releases tension and worries.
Please click here to go to my page all about Deep Breathing Exercises, and start feeling more relaxed every day!
I can't rave enough about the amazing effects regular meditation has had on my life. I have been a regular meditator for the last 15 years, and it has certainly changed me and my life.
If you aren't giving yourself the gift of making the time to
meditate, then I would highly recommend it. I have dedicated a whole
section of my website to meditation for beginners, so to learn more
about one of the best ways to relax, please click here to go to my opening page on meditation, and you can follow further links from there.
3. Alternate Nostril Breathing
Alternate nostril breathing is incredibly simple yet wonderfully calming. One of the great things about it is that you can do it just about anywhere. Click here to learn more, and for my easy-to-follow instructions.
4. Flower Essences
Flower essences are amazing! They are also sometimes known as flower remedies. If you haven't heard of this type of natural therapy before, then you can find out more on my pages dedicated to flower essences.
Briefly, flower essences are a type of vibrational healing, or energy medicine. They help us to heal ourselves by working on our body's energy system. They are totally safe and natural, and have many benefits.
I am a flower essence practitioner, and really love working with the flower essences.
So, why I have included flower essences on my page about the best ways to relax?
Well, there are several essences you could try that will help you to relax. Here are some of my suggestions:
If you would like my assistance in choosing flower essences for your own needs, you can contact me here. If you like, I can provide you with your own personal flower essence mix. There is a flower essence to suit any situation.
5. Tissue Salts
What on earth are tissue salts I hear you ask? Well, they are a totally safe and easy natural remedy that can be taken for just about anything - including helping you to relax.
To learn more about what tissue salts are, and the best ones to take for relaxing, please click on this link to go to my page about relaxing with the tissue salts.
6. Progressive Muscle Relaxation
Progressive muscle relaxation is a deep relaxation activity that was developed by Dr Edmund Jacobson back in 1929. He discovered that if you tense a muscle for a few seconds and then release it, the muscle will relax.
Dr Jacobson recognised the link between excessive muscle tension and various disorders of the mind and body. He once said "An anxious mind cannot exist in a relaxed body." Certainly a good reason to include this technique in the best ways to relax.
To learn more about Progressive Muscle Relaxation and how to do this relaxation technique, please click on this link.
7. Guided Relaxation Meditation
Meditations using visualisations of a peaceful scene that you immerse yourself in, are a very enjoyable way to experience a deeply relaxed state. You can practice them on their own, or you can do a guided relaxation meditation after practising some of the other best ways to relax, such as the deep breathing exercises or progressive muscle relaxation.
They really work to enhance your state of relaxation.
Click on this link to go to my
guided relaxation meditation. Please enjoy!
8. Some More Best Ways to Relax
Below are some more great ideas for relaxing activities. They may not provide your body with the same deep relaxation that you get from meditation or deep breathing exercises, but relaxing activities such as these are still a very important part of life.
Relaxing activities distract your mind from everything else that is going on in your life. When you allow yourself to focus on something you enjoy, or treat yourself to something like a massage, you give your mind and emotions a much needed break.
Spend Time Enjoying A Hobby
Everyone has something they're interested in (outside of work, of course). And everyone needs something fun and creative in their life that they can spend time enjoying. For me, it's pottering around outside in my garden, as well as creating this website. For my husband, it's woodworking out in his shed. My youngest son relaxes by building with Lego, which he loves.
It could be anything - gardening, fishing, reading a good book, sewing, photography, collecting, painting, or a million other things I could never even think of. If you don't think you have an interest, start looking for ideas.
When we spend quality time focusing on a hobby or pastime, our mind is distracted from the worries, stresses and mundane routine that can be a part of everyday life. When we do something that brings us joy and pleasure, our racing thoughts slow down and our body relaxes.
When you give your attention to something relaxing and enjoyable, your brain begins to move away from the aroused beta brain wave state, and begins to produce some low-range alpha waves which indicate a more relaxed state. In this state, your body also begins to produce calming neuro-chemicals, (so long as your hobby isn't stressing you out.)
So apart from being fun, spending time on an enjoyable or
creative outlet is very good for your health - mentally and physically.
Spend Time In Nature
Spending time in nature is just blissful! But unfortunately, so many people just don't take the time to absorb the wonderfully relaxing and healing vibrations that you get just from being with nature.
Modern Western lifestyles mean so many of us have lost touch with the inherent connection we have with Earth. But nature provides us with so many healing properties.
If you take the time to notice, whenever you walk in the park, sit in a garden, or hike in the bush (as we call it here in Australia), you feel "different". You are being influenced by the harmonious vibrations of the plants, trees and all the natural things that surround you. Nature provides one of the best ways to relax.
So make the time to appreciate the peaceful and relaxing
qualities of nature, wherever that may be for you. But when you go for a
walk in the park or forest, leave the ipod or Walkman at home, and
enjoy the peaceful sounds around you.
Watch A Funny Movie
Nothing gets the feel-good chemicals pumping around your body better than laughter. And who doesn't feel more relaxed after a good belly laugh?
When you watch a funny movie and laugh, not only is it a lot of fun, but your body releases some wonderful healing biochemicals into your bloodstream.
These different chemicals do various things, including:
- improve your mood and your general outlook on life
- decrease your stress levels
- strengthen your immune system
- reduce your anxiety
- reduce pain levels.
Laughing at a funny movie gives our busy minds the opportunity to
be distracted from any worries or stresses, and I really enjoy laughter
as one of the best ways to relax.
Enjoy A Cup Of Chamomile Tea
Chamomile tea is generally made from the fresh or dried flowers of the German chamomile plant (matricaria recutita), and is readily available in teabags at supermarkets or health food stores.
Chamomile tea has long been well known for it's tranquilising and relaxing effects, and so is a useful supplement for those who experience stress, anxiety or insomnia.
I quite enjoy the taste of a warm cup of chamomile tea, but if you prefer you could add a little honey and lemon. It's a pleasant way to unwind at the end of a busy day.