Let’s be honest: in today’s fast-paced world, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed and stressed out.
And although a lot of our work may involve addressing the imbalances in your body, we’re big believers that taking care of your mental health and emotional well-being is just as important as taking care of your physical health.
And although stress can sometimes be unavoidable – whether it’s due to work pressure, personal problems, or things not going your way – there’s always something we can do to try and de-stress and unwind.
So next time you’re feeling stressed or overwhelmed, consider practicing our top 6 relaxation techniques:
#1. Deep Breathing Exercises:
Deep breathing exercises are a simple yet effective way to calm your mind and relax your body.
Next time you’re feeling stressed or overwhelmed, try taking a few deep breaths, inhaling through your nose, and exhaling through your mouth.
Focus on the sensation of your breath moving in and out of your body, and let go of any tension or stress.
#2. Guided Meditation
While the idea of meditation may summon up the idea of sitting cross-legged on a mountaintop, it’s actually a highly accessible and effective way of managing stress.
Similar to ‘silent’ meditation, guided meditation involves listening to a recorded meditation that guides you through a series of relaxation exercises.
The good news? There are countless free guided meditation videos and apps available online. Just have a quick Google search and find one that works for you.
Yoga is a gentle form of exercise that combines physical postures with deep breathing and relaxation techniques
Not only can it help reduce stress, but it will also improve flexibility – which can be vital if you’re faced with pain from a sedentary lifestyle.
Starting yoga can feel intimidating, but YouTube has plenty of beginner classes available for free, so you can try it for yourself in the comfort of your own home.
#4. Practising Gratitude
Practicing gratitude involves focusing on the positive aspects of your life and expressing gratitude for them. Many people choose to use Gratitude Journals to help them get the ideas out of their heads and onto paper.
As simple as this process is, it’s been shown to help improve your mood, reduce stress, and promote feelings of happiness and well-being.
#5. Get Enough Sleep
Sometimes it feels like there’s no explanation for why we’re feeling more stressed than usual… until we look at our sleep patterns.
While staying up a few hours later might sometimes be essential to hit an important deadline, a lack of quality sleep can lead to irritability, anxiety, and even depression in severe cases.
Wherever possible, aim for seven to eight hours of sleep per night. Implementing a regular sleep routine will help you get high-quality sleep too.
#6. Exercise Regularly
Believe it or not, exercise is not only good for your physical health but also your mental health.
In fact, regular exercise releases chemicals that help reduce stress and anxiety, boost mood and improve cognitive function.
We hope these relaxation techniques help you de-stress and unwind when life gets crazy. If you’d like to know how Alba can support you in staying relaxed and balanced, give us a call on 01925 411005
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