Collaborative Post¦ After a stressful day, it’s incredibly important that we find ways to relax. Luckily there are lots of techniques that we can use to feel calm and peaceful.
1 . Gentle yoga
Yoga is one of the most relaxing exercise practices you can do! Some styles of yoga are dynamic, but if you want a tranquil experience it’s best to focus on a gentle style. Hatha, Yin, or Restorative Yoga are all gentle practices. Find a local class or check out an app if you prefer to practice at home. Some of the best apps include Glo Yoga, Daily Yoga, or DDP Yoga. To calm your mind, yoga is a fantastic activity.
2 . Aromatherapy
Aromatherapy is an amazing relaxation technique, there are so many plant-based oils that can help us to unwind. You can practice aromatherapy in many different ways, you might tab essential oils into your skin, or add them to the bath? You can also try candles, diffusers, or sprays for the home. Eucalyptus Spray is one of the best scents for relaxation. Other relaxing scents include bergamot, vanilla or lavender. When you are choosing products, try to find eco-friendly brands and ingredients.
- Breathing exercises
When you’re feeling stressed and need to calm down, breathing exercises are an excellent strategy. Here are a few of the best breathing exercises for anxiety:
Diaphragm breathing: This breathing exercise involves breathing through the diaphragm. To practice this exercise first place a hand on your stomach, and the other hand on your chest. Take a breath through your nose, and feel your stomach rise. Exhale using your mouth, and as you do so attempt to engage the muscles of your stomach.
Equal breath: This type of exercise is sometimes used in a yoga class, the idea is to inhale and exhale for equal counts. Count to 4 as you inhale, and as you exhale. Equal breathing is helpful to calm the nervous system. For more useful exercises, try using the Breethe app.
- Experiencing nature
Experiencing the natural world is one of the best ways to relax your mind and body. Choose a therapeutic outdoor activity, you might try gardening, walking in the woods, or swimming outdoors. Perhaps you’d like to join a foraging club? Instead, you might like to go on a camping trip? Spending time in the natural world is incredibly peaceful. Reconnecting with nature helps us to reflect, and ease symptoms of stress.
- Reading poetry
Reading poetry is an incredibly effective relaxation technique, and there are many different styles of poetry to explore. Haikus are short and beautiful, they are often about nature. If you’re not accustomed to reading poems, these can be a great intro. Allow the words to paint a picture in your mind, and write down your favorite passages. You might even like to try writing a few of your own?
Once you get into the habit, these relaxation practices will become a key part of your life. We all need stress busting practices, to support our health.
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