10 Ways to Relax That Actually Work

Take a rest; a field that has rested gives a bountiful crop—Ovid. (Image: Flickr_bortescristian_cc)
Take a rest; a field that has rested gives a bountiful crop—Ovid. (Image: Flickr_bortescristian_cc)

Learning to observe and assess the state of your own mental health is a life-skill everyone should try to develop. This is so you can be a leader and recognize when you need to make a change or seek advice. Your problem could simply be that you are feeling stressed and need to re-assess your daily habits to include relaxation.

Through your own actions, you can change the way you are feeling.

'Earthing' (walking barefoot on natural surfaces) gives surprising health benefits.

‘Earthing’ (walking barefoot on natural surfaces) gives surprising health benefits. (Image: Flickr, m-a-c, cc)

Spend time in a beautiful green space to collect your thoughts.

Spend time in a beautiful green space to collect your thoughts. (Image: Flickr, ariane_hunter, cc)

Cuddling releases hormones that make you feel good.

Cuddling releases hormones that make you feel good.(Image: Flickr, ndanger, cc)

Recording your thoughts in a journal is a way to reflect, process and grow.

Recording your thoughts in a journal is a way to reflect, process and grow. (Image: Flickr, Jesse Wagstaff, cc)

Intense physical exercise helps the body to burn off stress.

Intense physical exercise helps the body to burn off stress. (Image: Flickr, JBLM MWA Marketing, cc)

Sometimes just deciding to try something new and challenging your old habits will make you feel empowered.

These 10 activities are all about relaxation, to find that inner calm you’ve been missing, without costing you a cent.

  1. Try deep breathing exercises. Sit alone somewhere quiet, observe your heart and mind, and breath deeply into your belly.
  2. Spend time somewhere beautiful. Nature’s ability to calm the senses is truly mysterious.  
  3. Make regular exercise apart of your routine. Getting a daily blast of endorphins will help to keep stress under control and contribute to feelings of calmness and contentment.
  4. Listen to relaxation music. The sounds of traditional instruments have a certain quality that can awaken the heart. The sound of running water helps to diffuse “stuck” emotions.
  5. Writing in your journal is a good strategy for recognizing and moving through stressful situations. The simple action of jotting down your feelings helps to lighten the load and see things more objectively, less emotionally.
  6. Create a winding down to sleep routine. A nurturing bed-time ritual brings renewed balance, empowerment, energy, and comfort.
  7. Massage your feet and walk barefoot on grass, sand, dirt, and smooth rocks. The soles of your feet have pressure points connected to your entire body. These nerve endings stimulate your whole body, giving you a gentle invigoration.
  8. Practice being in the moment. Buddha said: “The secret to health for both mind and body is not to mourn for the past, worry about the future, or anticipate troubles, but to live in the present moment wisely and earnestly.”
  9. Meditation has been proven to alter the neurological pathways, making you more resilient to stress, and more emotionally stable.
  10. Give someone you love a cuddle. Physical affection does more than just make you feel cozy and safe. It reduces blood pressure, releases feel-good hormones, and keeps stress hormones at low levels.

 

 

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