Do you need to relax? Everybody does. At least from time to time… Hectic lifestyles are very common. While you keep up with the exigencies of life, relaxation techniques are here to support you, so that you bounce back and feel at your very best again!
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Secondly, do take the necessary social distancing precautions needed during the lockdown (happening in many countries at the time of updating this blog post).
Here’s a list of 13 relaxation techniques to aid serenity (I currently practice 8 of them daily!):
1. Breathing exercises
Deep breathing is wonderful! I practice ‘pranayama’ in the morning, which is a term used in yoga for breathing exercises. It not only relaxes me but makes me feel more energetic while having numerous other health benefits.
Meditation aids calmness of the mind. Ever since I went for a few sessions of mindfulness meditation, I practice at home, daily. I’m thankful to ‘live in the moment’, savouring the true joys of life!
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Practice yoga as it has diverse benefits.
4. Tai Chi
Tai Chi is relaxing, and you gain in other ways as well.
5. Nature hike
This activity may not be possible during the lockdown in many countries (at the time of editing this blog post). However, my blog article is evergreen, so I’ll include it in the list.
A walk at the beach, a nature park or just in your lovely garden, is relaxing and invigorating. Being surrounded by nature is mesmerizing!
6. Music therapy
Listen to the music of your choice. Prefer joyful tunes that are soothing, calm and serene. Avoid noisy ones while trying to loosen up. I love the sound of the river flowing.
7. Art therapy
If you enjoy drawing, painting, handicrafts or other such hobbies, then you can relax at the same time.
8. Pet therapy
Having a furry canine friend or other pet of your choice could be a great way to de-stress yourself (be mindful of social distancing, if needed). Looking at fish in an aquarium also boosts tranquillity.
9. Body massage
Self-massage the soles of your feet and apply pressure at the temples.
You can use essential oils for massage, or else, use them with a diffuser. Lavender is one of my favourites.
Give yourself a facial at home. It’s simple… if you’re not a professional, you can still cleanse, tone, moisturize, and even scrub and apply a face mask.
Visualize a serene, comforting and lovable picture. Think of nature, a blue sky, mountains, crystal-clear lake or river… It’s soothing and revitalizing.
Last but not least, keeping a journal to record what you did during the day, plan and track your life goals, express gratitude and so on, use it to relax as well. Be mindful of the blessings that you already experience. Sit back, be content… naturally and genuinely!
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Find the most favourable activities for yourself, practice regularly and feel replenished. Want an accountability partner? Support each other in meeting set goals.
Life does get stressful, at least from time to time. You need to unwind, so choose the relaxation techniques that suit you best. Would you like to share your experience in the comments below? If you know someone who would benefit from my post, please share it. Thank you!!
Editor’s Note: This blog post has been edited and updated for better accuracy and comprehensiveness.
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