In today’s busy world, finding the time to take a breather and relax for a bit is becoming more and more difficult to do – but this is essential if you want to keep the mind and the spirit healthy. Sound, stable mental health allows us to be more productive and efficient in our tasks, that’s why it’s important for us to take breaks and relax, even for a little while.
You don’t need meditation candles or darkened rooms in order to relax (while it definitely helps). Here are some relaxation methods that you can do anytime, anywhere.
If you’re feeling harried and stressed, take deep breaths in order to calm yourself down and relax. Just find a quiet place where you can be alone, and take a few seconds to assume a relaxed position. Fill your lungs with air and hold it, until the count of five. Slowly exhale. Repeat this five times and wait for your heartbeat to return to normal. Count each breath without any alterations in the rhythm “in and out” until you feel more relaxed.
Imagery is a powerful way to relax in the middle of a busy workday. This can also be done during your meditation session, or on its own. Think of your most favorite place in the world and imagine that you are there at this very moment. Remember the senses that you felt when you were there – the smell of the air, the feel of the wind on your skin, the sights that you saw, the sounds that you heard. Keep in mind on how relaxed and happy you feel when you are in this place. Savor the feeling until you have to return to reality, when you are feeling happier and more relaxed.
Positive thinking. This is both the easiest and the hardest thing to do. It’s one thing to think of positive thoughts, but it’s another to truly feel and believe in it. Constantly thinking about negativity will bring about more stress and anxiety, and that’s what you’re trying to avoid. The best way to start thinking positively is to do it all the time, when you’re feeling anxious, tired, and even when you’re happy! Think about the positive things that has happened to you during that day, and things won’t seem as bleak.
The art of grounding involves balancing your physical energy and spiritual energy by linking it to the earth’s energy. There are various grounding techniques you can follow to help you get in touch and release your negative energies into the earth, and this includes walking barefoot or sitting in meditation.
Relaxing and winding down is an essential part of your day that you shouldn’t ignore even if you’re faced with mountainous paperwork or tons of errands to do. Remember, it’s your health that you’re taking care of.