There are a variety of reasons why stress levels are high these days. Social distancing regulations, anxiety over falling sick, work, and unemployment are just a few of these. Instead of letting whatever is worrying you cause you mental and, eventually, physical anguish, learn ways to help you quickly relax. Consider using these relaxation techniques when stress threatens to push you over the edge.
Deep Breathing Exercises
It’s impossible to feel stressed out, anxious, or afraid when you are breathing in enough oxygen and continuously absorbing it. This is referring to breathing done to keep your body and brain infused with large amounts of oxygen. When the mind is rejuvenated through a continuous oxygen supply, feelings of calm and clearheadedness will prevail.
First, empty your lungs of air by breathing out through your mouth. Then breathe in through your nose until your lungs are full. Hold in the breath for approximately four seconds and sharply exhale through your mouth. Continue doing this until you feel waves of calmness wash over you. Now, anytime you feel the stress rushing on, you can find a quiet place and focus on your breathing.
Stretching releases tension in the muscles and helps them absorb more of the oxygen you’ve been breathing, which leads to lower levels of stress. You can find a few minutes to perform simple stretching exercises, such as shoulder shrugs and head tilts. Try squatting on the floor with your back straight to release the tension in your lower legs and thighs. Stretching is especially important if you work in front of a computer all day. It prevents cramping and increases blood flow in the body and into the brain, which can be energizing and mind-clearing.
Regular Practice for Increased Effectiveness
For relaxation techniques to have an effect, they must be practiced regularly. With regular practice, you will learn the symptoms of stress that your body and mind exhibit. This will allow you enough time to practice a relaxation technique before these symptoms become overwhelming, leading to tiredness and frustration. It might also take some time before you find out which techniques work for you, so be patient and attentive to your body’s needs.