5 Simple Ways to RelaxAuthor: Massage Heights
The next time you’re feeling overwhelmed with stress take a deep breath and find a way to relax. There are plenty of quick, easy ways to de-stress no matter where you are.
Five simple stress-reducer tricks you can try at home, at the office, or out and about.
- Stretch. This is a particularly good thing to try if you’ve been mostly stationary for hours. If you’ve been working at a computer all day, try stretching your shoulders, neck, and upper back. You may also want to stand up to try a front thigh stretch, which involves grabbing one of your ankles and pulling it up behind you, and then holding that position for 15 to 20 seconds. When you sit back down, concentrate on fixing your posture and taking a few deep breaths before returning to what you were previously doing.
- Visualize. When everything gets too overwhelming, close your eyes for a few seconds and imagine something that makes you happy. It could be anything from a favorite memory to a dream vacation, as long as it temporarily takes your mind off of whatever is stressing you out. It’s a form of positive thinking that can go a surprisingly long way in elevating your mood.
- Organize. Cluttered environments often exacerbate stress, so if your desk is covered in miscellaneous papers or the family car is buried in toys, give yourself 5 or 10 minutes just to get organized. Completing this kind of tangible goal will help boost your mood and make you feel more prepared to tackle whatever the day has to throw at you.
- Try Aromatherapy. If you only have a few minutes to spare, try our Relax Aromatherapy. It’s excellent for reducing fatigue, insomnia, and stress with all natural ingredients orange sweet, lavender official, vetiver, ylang ylang and blue tansy. Also available in linen spray – which is so versatile! It can be used as a body spray, you can spray it in the room. Aromatherapy massages can relieve sore muscles as well as stress, and it’s even beneficial if you’ve been feeling congested.
- Do Nothing. Think about the last time you went five minutes without doing anything (no looking at your phone, doing chores, driving around, watching TV). It’s apparently so challenging for people to take short breaks that there’s even a website called Do Nothing for 2 Minutes that plays quiet ocean noises while a timer counts down for two minutes (if you so much as move your cursor, the timer starts over again). If you’re having a hectic day, try taking five minutes to look out the nearest window. Looking at nature scenes has been known to be incredibly calming, especially if you’ve been looking at a screen all day.
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