It may seem like stress is an external force — something that happens to you, such as a rude driver, a work deadline, or the illness of a loved one. As a result, it may seem like there’s really nothing you can do about your stress, but this simply isn’t the case. — Melissa Samartano, PhD, LMHC, RYT
Relaxation is essential in one’s health and well-being. It also restores body and mind in order to further excel in life. Inability to manage and handle stress will lead to various diseases such as depression, lifestyle disease like hypertension and cancer, weight gain and an overall feeling of discontent. The state of relaxation is achievable with these steps in mind.
Acknowledge The Existence Of Stress
Stress in acute stages is actually good for us. It gives us the adrenaline pump to beat deadlines and cram for an exam the next day. In a sense, it provides motivation and excitement to one’s life as long as a person can find the right balance and can manage the stress. The signs that you are too stressed:
- You continuously experience body tension which is often manifested as headaches, neck aches, backaches and fatigue
- You feel overwhelmed because you have a lot of things going on in your life
- You have difficulty sleeping and feel tired or less rested upon waking up
- You are short-tempered, moody and irritable. Small things get to you.
- You are eating unhealthily either too much, too little or opting for fast food and processed food.
- You can’t recall the last time you had a hearty laugh, and you noticed that your sense of humor is out the window.
Allot A Specific Time For Relaxation
After accepting that you are under a lot of stress and it’s starting to control your life, it is now the perfect time to allocate time for de-stressing and relaxation. You can start by accepting these facts:
You Are Not A Superhero
Many cultural and religious beliefs put value in hard work. Moreover, technology is keeping us connected to work 24/7. Hard work is a dedication to the task at hand at the given hours in the workplace. It doesn’t need to control you when you are at home or during your off-hours.
Think about an experience you have had in which you felt your five senses were thoroughly engaged: a wonderful meal, a beautiful place or a time in which you felt exceptionally delighted. Now close your eyes breathe deeply and evenly and for two minutes re-experience that in all five of your senses. — Margaret Wehrenberg Psy.D.
Sleep Is An Essential Part Of Life
At rest, your mind recuperates and continues to learn. Also, sleep restores and rejuvenates the body and has an impact on the immune system of a person. Do not sacrifice your sleeping hours for work.
Recognition Of The Optimal Ways You Relax Will Take Time
It will involve a lot of trial and error but finding the right mixture of activities that will help you relax is worth it.
Schedule Relaxing Time Is Effective
It is best to consider relaxation as a client’s appointment. Make sure your family member is aware and respects your ME time.
Relax In The Physical Sense
Consume Healthy Food Options
Avoid processed and high in sugar food. Always, opt for organic and wholesome fruits and vegetables.
Try Different Breathing Techniques
This is the easiest way to calm yourself when you feel like panicking. It is a distraction technique that focuses on the flow of air.
This is scientifically proven to reduce stress. A simple break like a walk in the park or a run on the treadmill will do.
This willingness to be challenged—to temporarily be with unpleasant thoughts or bodily sensations we experience both within and outside the context of exercise—is akin to receiving an immunization that protects from stressors. Much like a vaccine, exercise artificially introduces manageable amounts of stress to the mind and body in a controlled manner. — Melissa Stringer, LMHC, DCC, NCC
Go For A Massage
Studies show massages lowers the release of cortisol in the body.
Relax In Mental State
Failures and disappointments are always a subjective concept. Always see the brighter side of things.
Let Go Of All The Guilt
Forgive yourself for all the shortcomings, missed deadlines, and mistakes. You are after all human. Learn from these circumstances and improve yourself.
Master The Art Of Prioritizing
Always ground yourself about the important things in life.
Smile And Don’t Take Life To Seriously