5.13.2015

7 Relaxation Techniques

 I'm a complete Type A, which means I can get myself pretty stressed out. The following is a list of some of my favorite relaxation techniques. Not all techniques will work for everyone, but in my opinion, each of these are at least worth a try! Happy relaxing!

1. Mindfulness. There are hundreds of types of mindfulness but some of my favorites include breathing practice and guided mindfulness. Check out this site for some free guided mindfulness activities. An additional type of mindfulness that always calms me down is prayer. Coming before the Lord with intentionality is always good for the heart.

2. Hot tea. This typically works best for me in the evening, otherwise I find it's just like drinking anything else. Some of my favorites include sleepy-time vanilla and any kind of green tea.

3. Exercise. Doing something light like yoga always has a calming effect on me. Sometimes high intensity cardio also does the job.

4. Take a walk device-free. Just be with nature for anywhere between 10 and 30 minutes. It gives you an opportunity to connect with nature and recenter.

5. Lavender essential oil. Some of my favorite ways to use this oil are rubbing it on my chest or back, adding it to a hot bath, and diffusing it. Instant relaxation- especially if paired with some of the above techniques!

6. Write. Whether that includes journaling or blogging, find a way to put your stresses on to paper and leave them there.

7. Laugh. Put on a funny movie, youtube video, or just simply laugh with your friends or spouse. Even fake laughing can help relieve stress!

What relaxation techniques do you find the most useful?

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26 comments :

  1. My favorite is a walk device free. I'm glad you put that in there. Just being able to look around and let your mind wander while on a walk can really help.

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  2. Isn't it amazing how something so simple can be so refreshing?

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  3. Oh yeah! Lavender and being device-free! Sometimes I go to sit by the pool and make sure to not bring my phone with me....otherwise, I'm on it the whole time.

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  4. I'm the SAME way! I have to be intentional about not being on my phone a lot of the time

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  5. I love these - especially the lavender, and mindfulness. I finally bit the bullet and signed up for a subscription with Headspace (a mindfulness app) and its been amazing.

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  6. I have been so anxiety-ridden lately, so I definitely need to do some of these! I just ordered some essential oils, actually...I hope they help!

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  7. Love these!! This week prayer and watching a silly Monty Python episode has helped. Aka prayer and laughter. :) great tips

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  8. Interesting! I have never really looked in that but maybe it's something to check out for myself and potentially my clients to use!

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  9. Girl, I feel you. Essential oils work really well for me in some areas and not so well in others, I have had a mixed experience overall but everyone responds differently so I hope they bring you some relief!

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  10. YES! Both are important to do everyday I think :)

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  11. Laughing, tea and exercise are my favorites from this list! All great wedding-planning remedies ;)

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  12. I'm such a fan of closing your eyes and taking deep breaths for a few seconds - it's the easiest thing to do and helps so much. I also use it to help me focus at work.
    All I would add to the list is a nice bubble bath!

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  13. OH YES. ridiculous amounts of relaxation practice is needed while wedding planning!

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  14. That's definitely a mindfulness activity! I really don't like baths, I think it's because they get cold too fast. Maybe if I had a bigger tub and the way to keep the water hot forever I would like them. Every now and then after a tough run they're great but I struggle to love them, sadly.

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  15. Writing, of course - and I love lavender! I also love a good foot or shoulder rub (although those are reliant on a 2nd party).

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  16. I think taking a walk device-free is such an important point. Taking a walk with your phone won't relax you at all...you'll still be dealing with all the crap! Spot on!

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  17. Great tips! Although I've yet to share it I've been struggling with a great deal of anxiety lately, I'm adding these to my list of things that help me stay calm and work through it.

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  18. These are so good! I'm borderline Type A, Type B... It's a mess lol! One minute I'm Type A freaking out, and the next I'm Type B without a care in the world. I really need to try the hot tea - I've heard it works wonders.

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  19. I've been trying EDMR with my therapist lately, have you heard of it? We've been practicing some relaxation techniques and it's been awesome!

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  20. I hope you can find some relief!

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  21. How funny! I love tea- you should definitely try some!

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  22. I have! Isn't it EMDR? I've heard it can be really helpful!

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  23. haha, clearly I don't know that much!! ... so far, so good! but i'll keep you posted! :)

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