7 Relaxation Techniques for Weary Souls

Listening to music is a great way to relax

Are you in a whirlwind of chaos, barely hanging on by a thread? If so, I’ll be straight with you, I’m right there, too. Times are really, really hard. Keep reading to learn about the effects of stress on the body, and my top 7 relaxation techniques. We need them more than ever. 

Are You Looking for Tips on How to Relax?

We’re in an unprecedented time of confusion, worry, and unanswered questions. It’s more important than ever that we focus on self-care and relaxation techniques.

These techniques aren’t just needed for burned out parents like me, they’re for everyone who’s feeling overwhelmed.

How Stress Affects the Body

Among other things, stress can cause:

  • Acne
  • Anxiety
  • Changes in sleep patterns
  • Chest pains or tightness
  • Dizziness
  • Grinding teeth
  • Headaches
  • Increased blood pressure
  • Increased heart rate
  • Irritability
  • Muscle tension
  • Nausea
  • Neck pain
  • Shakes or tremors
  • Shallow breathing
  • Stomach aches
  • Weakened immune system

7 Relaxation Techniques I Personally Love!

Relaxation is an important part of self-care. We all experience stress, and need to incorporate techniques to counter its impact on our bodies into our daily routines.

Exercise

Exercise is your best friend when you’re stressed. It releases “feel good” hormones. If you haven’t worked out in for a while, start slow and pace yourself. Here are some tips for beginners:

  • Start with 30 minutes of walking, 3 times a week
  • Tell yourself “good job”, afterwards
  • Hydrate
  • Set realistic, manageable goals to keep yourself motivated

Read

Reading is one of my favorite pastimes, especially corny romances and murder mysteries. Not only is it fun, but it actually benefits your brain!

Reading can encourage positive traits, such as adaptability and resilience. While you’re navigating the halls of Hogwarts with Harry, Ron, and Hermione, your brain may be learning to navigate its own difficulties.

That’s pretty darn cool!

Artistic Expression

Sometimes, I love just “chilling out” with some colored pencils and an adult coloring book. I have a beautiful Game of Thrones themed book, with amazingly detailed pictures. Drawing is something you can do for as little or as long as you want, and continue to benefit from it.

You can also get a set of watercolors or paint. Art can be used to increase mindfulness or get in touch with your feelings.

The options are virtually endless when it comes to expressing your creativity.

Journal

I recommend everyone keep a journal! As with artistic expression, the options (and the benefits) of journaling are endless. It doesn’t cost a lot of money, and it doesn’t take a lot of time.

Try to write in your journal for, at least, 5 minutes a day. This could help you clarify your thoughts. If you don’t know what to write about, perhaps:

  • Three things you’re grateful for
  • A source of stress
  • Five of your favorite self-care activities
Journalling, one of the 7 relaxation techniques
Journalling is one of the 7 relaxation techniques

Practice Meditation

There are a lot of great articles on Chris Dove Writes that will make meditation simple. If you’re new to meditation, try a guided body scan, or a technique used to increase your emotional awareness

Meditation is an excellent self-care activity to try before bed. Many people report that it helps reduce stress, allowing for a better night’s sleep.

Spend Time in Nature

Nothing beats stepping outside on a warm day, closing your eyes, and taking a deep breath. Spending time in nature has many health and wellness benefits. It can improve your mood when you’re having a bad day. Nature walks, or other outdoor activities, such as bird watching can be relaxing and help reduce stress.

Listen to Music

There’s a reason why music is such a popular medium. It speaks to the heart of all human beings. It can motivate us, push us forward, spark happiness. Because there’s a song for every situation, music can be an outlet when you’re under a lot of stress.

Try making a playlist of your favorite songs, or songs that remind you of a positive memory, then put it on whenever you need a boost. You may want to dance, also, to add a little physical activity.

Use These 7 Relaxation Techniques

We all feel stressed from time to time. Use these relaxation techniques, regularly. Choose your favorite to start with, you can always try others at a later date. Quality, uninterrupted relaxation time is an essential part of self-care. Take the time that you need!

Leave some of your favorite ways to relax, in the comments.

About the Author

Jen, one of our fabulous guest authors, has shared 7 relaxation techniques, you could implement today!
Jen has shared 7 relaxation techniques, you could implement today!

Jen (the writer behind the blog, Diffusing the Tension) lives in Northwest Indiana with her husband and two children (ages 4.5 and 3). She frequently writes about her experiences as someone with bipolar disorder. In her spare time, she is obsessed with “true crime”. Jen’s also a bookworm, TV junkie, and fitness nut

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