Deep Relaxation Techniques

This month #MYMTips will feature tips about deep #relaxation techniques.

  • If you are feeling agitated, angry or anxious, try taking a seat and closing your eyes. Do this for a few mins or as long as needed

  • Let go of your day to relax. Lay down & visualize each body part relaxing & getting heavy. Start with your toes and work up.

  • May be cliche but it works: draw yourself a hot bath, add bubbles, candles, tunes, and relax. Let your stress melt away...

  • Get comfy. Count backwards from 108, then from 30, then from 10... Let your mind wander and listen to your deep inner thoughts.

  • Through self-hypnosis, relax ur body & mind so your subconscious is more open to suggestion, change & healing.

  • Sometimes you need to take a break & walk away from your feelings. Take a walk for 10 mins or until you feel more relaxed.

  • If relaxing causes you emotional discomfort or distress, stop and consider talking to a doctor or therapist.

  • Transform your mind with meditation, it's like a workout for the mind. Learn benefits and how to do it.

  • Get lost in someone else's story for a little while. Reading good books can be ultra relaxing. What are you reading right now?

  • Spend time making art. Draw, paint, collage, color, and don't worrying about good or bad. Just express & relax.

  • Soothing sounds can reduce tension, heart rate & anxiety. Listen to nature soundtracks, soothing music or even upbeat tunes.

  • Being by water can be calming. Find a beach or river & watch the waves float by. Let your worries go with them.

  • Be present with your thoughts & feelings. Pay attention to what works for you and helps you relax. It's different for everyone.

  • Find inner & outer balance & be surprised with what you learn about yourself.

  • Visualize a peaceful setting. Use multiple senses like smell, sight, sound and touch to imagine yourself there.

  • Create movement in your emotions with movement in your body. Work it out and process while you move.

  • For 5 mins focus on 1 thing or action only, like eating food. Be aware of all senses - see, hear, taste, touch and smell.

  • Place a heating pad on your neck and shoulders or anywhere else you feel tense. Let your stresses melt away and just relax.

  • Make relaxation a routine. Schedule it in so you can relax regularly. It's especially useful if you're busy.

  • Relaxation techniques take practice, be patient with yourself as you learn. If something doesn't work, try a new technique.

  • If you struggle with anger or aggression, consider taking a combat class like boxing or martial arts to learn to channel emotions.

  • Mindfully slow your heart rate with deep breathing & finding stillness. It's ok to just be. Let go of anything that doesn't serve you.

  • If you feel overwhelmed or feel like crying - it's ok to cry. It releases toxins, tension and more.

  • Try the "Going Crazy" technique. In a private place, let it ALL out! Throw a tantrum, scream, cry, jump, throw pillows till ur done.

  • Laughter relieves stress & it's fun. Watch a comedy or share some laughs with pals to relax and enjoy

  • Awareness & knowing yourself is half the battle. Be aware if you need alone or social time. Both impact your relaxation.

  • Get into a state of relaxation & give yourself positive affirmations eg "I am a good person", "I am worthy of love", "I am calm".

  • Go outside. Green spaces have proven therapeutic benefits. Being in nature can improve mood & tension.

  • Repeat a word or phrase in your mind to set an intention. For example, you might repeat the word "calm" or "let go" and just breathe.

  • If nothing helps you relax seek input from a therapist or counsellor. There may be deeper issues you need to work through with support.