Updated: May 20
1. Breathing Exercises
These can be your first line of defense against stress. Breathing exercises are wonderful for relaxation because they can be used anytime and at any place, they work quickly and are easy to master.
Listening to music is a great way to relieve stress and promote relaxation for your family and friends as well as yourself. Whether you are commuting in public transport or in the car, plug in to your favourite music. Music brings real benefits in terms of wellness (music therapy is a growing field), it can be conveniently used effectively calming your anxiety or pressure at work.
“Without music, life would be a mistake." - Friedrich Nietzsche
It may seem that exercise is the opposite of relaxation, but a good workout can actually make you feel more relaxed. First, working out can be a good way to release stress and blow off steam. Second, the endorphins released during a good workout can aid relaxation quite nicely. Additionally, exercise can get you into a state of flow where it’s difficult to stay stressed — your body has to move toward relaxation as your stress response begins to reverse.
4. Eat Your Favourite Food
We don’t always eat just to satisfy physical hunger. Many of us also turn to food for comfort, stress relief, or to reward ourselves. Eating is also another form of reducing stress and promote relaxation. Just head towards your favourite food joints alone or with your friends, order your desired dishes and enjoy. Remember not to over-indulged, moderation is the word.
Massage is a proven as an efficient way for us to work on our anxiety levels but it’s also great for relaxation. A little bit of pampering can really provide your bodies with enjoyment and improved energy flow. Relax treatment can also reduce levels of adrenaline which results in lower heart rate and lower blood pressure. A relaxation massage encourages our bodies to slow down and it gives it the opportunity to reset our hormone balance.