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There’s no denying that today’s world is a busy and stressful one. Thanks to rising living costs, high childcare fees and stagnating income levels, we are all working harder than ever.

The wonderful advent of modern technology means we are always plugged in, and that’s before you even consider raising the children, cleaning the house, doing the shopping….the list goes on. So when you’re finally sitting down to a cup of tea at 10pm at night, it’s easy to see why people are struggling to relax and unwind. But for these same reasons, a few minutes using relaxation techniques is probably more important than ever – you’ll be no good to anyone if you burn out.

Unlike mindless relaxation where you plop yourself on the couch in front of your favourite soap, meaningful relaxation is where you allow, or encourage, your mind and body to completely unwind and let go. Here are five relaxation methods that can have positive results.

Yoga

Unlike relaxing by doing nothing, exercise is probably the best activity for clearing your head of the hundreds of thoughts whizzing round it at any one time. Yoga teacher’s say that as well as yoga being entirely beneficial, there are also certain poses that are proven to reduce anxiety and depression while increasing serotonin and relaxation levels. Forward folds, twists and inversions are known to release toxins and create a subtle energy boost. And you don’t have to be at an advanced level to feel these effects, it’s all about working with your body.

Meditation

This is one of the oldest relaxation practices in the book and anyone can do it, anywhere. Start by finding a quiet, safe space and a comfortable seated position that you can maintain for at least five minutes. You can get into the zone by either repeating a personal mantra to yourself or counting your breath. The goal is to free your mind from distractions and most thoughts by focusing the mind onto one thing only.

Essential oils

helpful relaxation tecniquesThis provides an easy and quick fix that can work wonders. Oils such as lavender, rose and eucalyptus have relaxing properties that can help uplift your mind.

  • Rose oil is said to have properties as an anti-depressant and anti-inflammatory.
  • Lavender oil can help with sleep disorders as well as soothing nerves and anxiety.
  • Eucalyptus can help with mental exhaustion by increasing blood flow to the brain.

Adding these essential oils to your body scrub, or bubble bath, or putting a small dab on your wrist are all easy ways of incorporating them into your daily life.

Start a diary

Although you may not be a teenager anymore, there’s nothing wrong with keeping a diary going. In fact, pouring all your feelings and frustrations onto the page can be very therapeutic. If you’re mad, write it down; document the things that you’re grateful for, or anything else that’s bothering you. Getting some of the jumbled thoughts out of your head can work wonders for freeing a busy mind.

Breathing techniques

Understanding and controlling your breathing is one of the most important ways of staying relaxed all day long. Shortness of breath sends messages of fatigue and exhaustion, while slow and steady breathing implies relaxation and energy. Breathe in through your nose and out through your nose, gently constricting the opening of the throat to create a subtle sound. Count your inhales and exhales to begin to understand how to control it. You can practice this anywhere; at your desk, in your car or in front of the TV.

 

 

 

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