Easy Relaxation Techniques You Can Do Anywhere
Our bodies are very intelligent. When faced with various stressors of day to day life, it immediately reacts to these and activates your fight or flight response. During this almost instantaneous process, chemicals are released all over the different systems of your body to the fight more than flee these stressors.
This is our inner switch to survival mode. When attacked, we fight back. However, because of the stream of stress-inducing activities we constantly face, without knowing it, these bodily components actually tire the mind and body, maybe even to the point of overuse.
Plus, it’s useful when we face emergency situations but it does very little to none in stimulating our relaxation response. We need this every day: to be able to think, feel and make sound decisions whenever we are in this state.
How then do we get ourselves in the mode of relaxation? Below is our 4-point list for easy-peasy relaxation techniques:
1. Stay In This Very Moment
Live in the NOW. We often hear this, and rightly so. We tend to worry because we recall previous problems that have occurred in our lives. Also, we have apprehensions whenever we ponder on what we think will happen in the future, whether near or far.
This is your moment. Right Now. Who you are, what you do, and how you think— focus on yourself and be aware of the “you” in every environment you allow yourself to be in. Let your senses feel everything around you. Be centered.
2. Watch Your Breath
Not literally, of course. Breathing is something that we do unconsciously. Whether we like it or not, our respiratory system works even without receiving any orders from us. Because of this, we tend to forget how important it is in keeping ourselves in that mode of relaxation. We forget how important breathing is in clearing our thoughts and emotions.
Furthermore, be mindful of the way you inhale and exhale. And when you inhale, do so deeply. Take deep, slow breaths and repeat for about 2 to 3 minutes. Remember to be patient about this process. Don’t rush it.
Imagine that each breath you take is refreshing your entire being. It’s soothing your anxieties and worries. It’s clearing your mind.
We’ve come up with our very own list to help you get in the habit of meditating. Click on the link below:
A larger percentage of our brain is hard-wired to the senses. We react according to things and events that are “tangible”— those that are seen, smelled, heard, and felt.
However, what we sometimes lack is the practice of exercising our ability to visualize. To add, it happens only inside the mind and we often don’t pay much attention to it, unless we are in a situation that forces us to imagine and get creative.
Empty your cluttered thoughts. Your imagination should take the reins of your mind and bring you to a vast and peaceful place. Likewise, if you are brought to a beautiful ocean with white sand, a broad meadow with colorful flowers or lofty mountain ranges, you are the only one in this place and everything else here revolves around you. Awaken your senses and trigger them from within.