Ten Easy Relaxation Techniques

If the thought of learning relaxation techniques makes your more stressed then these easy relaxation techniques are for you.

They are not difficult and you can try one or two of them today.

1. Remove yourself from the cause of stress

If a co-worker or friend is really stressing you out then politely leave the room and get some fresh air.

Knowing your warning signs of stress and getting out for a while gives you the space to relax and re-gather your thoughts

2. Count to 10

When stressed it is easy to react to what is causing you stress.

This creates even more stress.

To break this cycle of increasing stress trying taking a deep breath and as you exhale count to ten.

These breathing and relaxation techniques take a similar approach.

3. Drink relaxing tea

Chamomile tea is the tea of choice for me when I am stressed. Chamomile tea has a calming effect on the mind and the body.

Avoid caffeine as it is a psuedostressor.

4. Take a bath or hot shower

Hot water relaxes any excess muscle tension (a common symptom of stress) and helps to interrupt the stress cycle.

You could combine your hot bath with relaxation products.

For some ideas check out these relaxation gift baskets.

5. Bring your awareness to your breath

When stressed, thoughts can race at such a pace that it can make you dizzy.

Bring your attention to your breathing and increase your awareness of the present.

By focusing on your breathing it is difficult to think of anything else.

This is the basis of this mindful meditation exercise.

6. Laugh more

Scientific research is starting to show that laughter is indeed the best medicine.

Laughter relaxes you and helps to re-frame those things that are causing you stress.

Look to bring more laughter into your life through jokes, seeing the funny side of things, or attending laughter yoga sessions.

7. Listen to music

Music has the potential to break down your emotional barriers and touch your inner self.

Have your favorite relaxation CD handy at the office, in the car, or at home.

I talk more about the relationship between music and stress.

8. Use your imagination

The imagination is a powerful tool for stress relief.

Guided imagery meditation is used by:

  • cancer patients for pain and stress reduction
  • people who are clinically depressed
  • athletes to relax and re-focus
  • individuals wanting relaxation and stress relief.

9. Practice some basic yoga poses on a daily basis

Yoga extends beyond stress relief to enhanced health and well-being.

Hatha yoga is a great stress reliever. These hatha yoga poses are a great introduction to yoga for stress relief.

10. Surround yourself with beauty

Whether it is the wind on your face, the beautiful natural scenery, observing children at play, or playing with cuddly animals....spending time in surroundings that heighten your awareness of the present is a good way to short-circuit stress and re-gather your thoughts.

While these moments are best when spontaneous, if your life is busy then try to schedule these moments into your planner.

These easy relaxation techniques are easy to learn and can be put in place today.

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