Are you experiencing stress at work or at home? If you feel like you’re living in a state of physical, emotional, or mental fatigue, it may be time to set aside some relaxation time. Other signs of stress often include overwhelming thoughts, frequent headaches, muscle pain, or even a change in appetite or sleep patterns.
Relaxation is just as important to a healthy life as nutrition and exercise. To avoid extreme stress, remember to always carve out time for self-care and relaxation.
Click the photos below to get some ideas on how you can relax after a long day.
Take Deep, Controlled Breaths
Breathing techniques can help to lower your heart rate, which helps you relax and de-stress. Find a comfortable spot to sit or lie down and place one hand on your stomach and one on your heart. Inhale through your nose slowly until you feel your stomach rise; then, exhale through your nose as you slowly feel your stomach fall. You also can find free yoga classes in NYC or watch this relaxation video.
Turn a Favorite
Hobby into a Habit
Making time for your favorite hobby or activity can also help to lower stress. Whether you enjoy reading, knitting, coloring, gardening, baking, or more, make your favorite hobby stick, and make time for it at least once a day.
Set a Relaxation Schedule
If you’re a busy person, it’s necessary to set aside time to relax. Start by setting a schedule for alone time or for an activity you enjoy. If you get home from work at 6pm, set an alarm or calendar alert on your phone so you don’t forget. When you treat relaxation as an appointment, it’ll help you get into a routine in no time.
Try Guided Imagery
or Progressive Relaxation
Many people benefit from focusing on pleasant images to replace negativity or stressful feelings. Guided imagery can be self-directed or led by a doctor or recording. Progressive relaxation can also be involved, which focuses on tightening and relaxing various muscle groups and on breathing exercises. Ask your doctor about your options today.
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“Relaxation Techniques for Health,” National Institutes of Health. Accessed July 22, 2019.