Ten Best Ways to Relax

Are you looking for the best ways to relax?

Life is getting busier and more stressful so we all need time to relax and recharge our batteries.

There are a number of ways to relax the mind and body. These include:

  • physical relaxation methods such as progressive muscle relaxation, massage, and acupressure
  • emotional relaxation methods such as social support and accessing the subconscious through hypnosis
  • spiritual relaxation methods that involve meditation and tapping into the mind-body connection.

Here are ten best ways to relax your mind and body.

Some of these relaxation methods are easy relaxation techniques that can be learned in the time to read this page while others take more time and more practice.

Ten Best Ways to Relax

1. Laughter

Laughter is more contagious than the winter flu and it doesn't cost anything!

Do you remember the movie Patch Adams, in which Robin Williams discovers the benefits of humor as a form of therapy and a means to "lighten the load"?

Scientific evidence is confirming what we have felt for a long time - that humor and laughing can be good for us.

If laughter is something that does not come easily, then participate in laughter yoga sessions to lighten the burden and help you to connect with others.

2. Meditation

Meditation is one of the best ways to relax your mind and body and enables your body to counter the effects of stress.

There are many different types of meditation such a mindful meditation or meditation for anxiety.

Whatever type of meditation you choose your meditation allows you to connect to the present and cultivate greater awareness.

Sometimes meditation can be combined with guided imagery. Using guided imagery meditation for relaxation allows you to use your imagination, a powerful tool for stress relief.

3. Massage

Therapeutic touch is one of the best ways to relax tense muscles and clear a stressed mind.

Massage is used for pain and stress reduction by physicians with patients with lower back pain and arthritic pain as complementary treatment to medical therapy.

4. Beauty treatment

It is important to take a break and treat yourself like a king or queen.

Pampering yourself is one of the best ways to relax and rejuvenate your mind and body.

These design-it-yourself relaxation gift baskets are the perfect way to pamper yourself and can be a unique present for that person who "has it all."

These relaxation gift packages are unique and tailored to your needs.

If a relaxation gift package is not for you then take time out and try beauty treatment #2.

Look at beautiful things - spend time in a natural environment, observe children playing, or look at a cute animal.

The important thing is to take time out from your daily chores and connect to the present moment with something that is stimulating for you.

5. Take control of clutter

Clutter has the potential to not only clog your living space but also to clog your mind.

Clutter drains your energy and is a cause of stress.

There are a number of clutter control tips that you can choose that reclaim your space, organize your life, and allow you to live a low-stress lifestyle.

To get rid of clutter start small and use the F.A.S.T approach.

F: Fix a time. In your planner or schedule make an appointment with yourself to 'declutter.' It you don’t do this then you are likely to put off your clutter cleaning session.

Tip. Generally scheduling a small period of 15-30 minutes and giving yourself one spot to declutter is an easier step to take than choosing to declutter the whole house in one day.

A: Anything not used recently. When did you last wear that old coat? Have your pants not seen the light of day for some time? Potential clutter items are those things that you have not used for a year or more. Think seriously about recycling them.

S: Someone else's clutter. If you are holding on to other people’s clutter it is time to politely let them know that it is time they picked up their things.

T: Trash. This is your best friend when decluttering. I find this difficult but if I am not sure then I try to err on the side of giving it to somebody else or holding a garage sale. Your decluttering aim is to reclaim your space.

6. Progressive muscle relaxation

Do you get tense shoulders or neck after a hard day's work?

Stress results in excess muscle tension that can cause aches and pains.

Progressive muscle relaxation is a good way to systematically tense and relax your muscles to achieve the relaxation response.

Enjoy the relaxed, warm feeling after doing these muscle relaxation exercises.

7. Breathing exercises

Deep breathing is an easy relaxation technique that extends beyond stress relief to oxygenating the blood, quieting the brain, and relaxing the muscles.

These simple breathing and relaxation techniques can be done just about anywhere and at any time.

I have used them for clients who need to de-stress quickly and refocus back onto what they are doing.

8. Yoga

You don't need to fold yourself up into a 'human pretzel' to reap the benefits of yoga. These hatha yoga poses enable physical balance.

These basic yoga poses extend beyond stress relief to a way of life that provides a union of the mind, body, and spirit.

9. Exercise

Exercise does more than control weight and get you in better condition. It also uses up all the stress by-products and reduces excess muscle tension.

Exercise reduces stress by also distracting you from stressful situations, allowing you to find an outlet for your frustrations, and increasing the production of endorphins (your body's natural feel-good chemicals).

See this exercise and stress reduction program to get more active in your life.

10. Downtime

Make sure that you have some downtime every day and ensure that you have one day a week of downtime.

Often you are so busy that downtime is the last thing that you can do to relax.

If this is the case then these time management techniques ensure that you are spending more time on those things most important to you. These also provide you with the space to schedule downtime in your day.

If downtime is still not possible then look to do things that slow down your life. If you enjoy a massage then schedule it in. If you like to play squash then book a time with your partner.

Plan your time so that you don't squeeze out those things that are important for you.

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