7 Simple Ways to Relax
Relaxation is a key ingredient to happiness. For many people, the process of relaxation can be complicated and ritualized, fitting their unique interests and pleasures. But sometimes, a stressful situation forces us into a rut and the usual means of unwinding just won’t cut it. Here is a list of techniques to tap into the system of relaxation inherent to every one of our unique bodies.
Considering it to be one of the most urgent needs of our body, it is a wonder that more people do not value the practice more highly. Deep breathing exercises can slow the heart rate and bring extra oxygen into the bloodstream. Oxygen is a valuable nutrient in powering our body and helps remove cortisol (stress hormone) from the bloodstream. It should be considered essential to the process of recharging that relaxation actually initiates.
The muscles of the body can retain tension for much longer than we are consciously aware, as indicated by the knots that form in our shoulders and neck after a stressful day. Stretching can release these muscles from their crippling cramps, thus improving blood flow throughout the body and promoting a better feeling of physical comfort and state of relaxation.
It is scientifically proven that drinking warm water with a meal promotes healthier digestive function, but a hot drink has further benefits to the entire system. The warm-milk remedy for insomnia is not just effective because of some substance in milk. Taken with meals or during a break, the warmth of a hot drink spreads throughout the body faster than the nutrients of whatever it was you drank, spreading from our inside to our outside. The influx of energy can help loosen your body into a general state of warm acceptance, as suggested by the positive effects on your digestion, which are improved absorption and a more rapid release of toxins from our body.
A source of the most natural high attainable to man, exercise may be a counterintuitive choice for relaxation. After the initial expense of will power it takes to get moving, and the sustained energy it costs to achieve an accelerated heartbeat, your body will automatically reward you with feelings of gratifying goodness. The feeling of being healthy lends greater satisfaction to the act of rest.
Entertaining an imaginary dialogue or envisioning a fantastic place leads your mind to a place far from chronic discomfort or the stresses of the day. A notable pastime from before the invention of television, reading has great benefits for both mental and physical well-being. In most cases, it requires lying perfectly still, which is often the first step to relaxation for many. No matter what your interests, there are tons of book out there you will enjoy reading.
Casual conversation offers a similar escape as reading. By entering into an exchange with another person, we begin to share and release the tension that preoccupies us. In person or over the phone or online, chatting with another person helps us to unwind by forcing us to unpack our thoughts or at least avoid the issue altogether in the attempt to unpack theirs. The value of family and friends cannot be understated. Letting go of something upsetting or letting someone help you with it is often an invisible hurdle to your relaxation.
If you are trying to get into a state of relaxation, it is best to remove all stimuli. Closing our eyes is how we fall asleep and similarly, a quiet state is necessary for most of us to drift to sleep. Evolutionarily speaking, noise is how we determined the distance of a threat from us and it incites a response in the associated parts of the brain. Noise can trigger our senses to perceive threats or danger, whether or not the threat is genuine, and therefore should be one of the first stimuli considered when trying to remove stress and enhance relaxation. Headphones, earplugs, or a quiet place can convince your body that there is less need to worry.