Tips: Ways to Destress and relax

Do you need to reduce your anxiety and get some stress relief fast?  There are quick and easy ways you can feel relaxed and peaceful in just under a minute.  The following are 5 ways to feel relaxed quickly, and an accompanying video follows, which talks about the connection between meditation and breathing…

1.  Look up the ceiling and countdown from 60

Gazing upward stimulates our nervous system, which in turn lowers blood pressure and slows down the pace of our breathing.  Slow, deliberate counting helps rid your mind of distractions.

2.  Write down your worries on paper, then set it aside for tomorrow

Try writing your problems down on paper or things you need to do later as it may help take your mind off of them while you’re trying to rest.

3.  Breathe in through your nose and out through your mouth 10 times

Deep breathing slows the heart and calms the body.  Your concentration centered on your stomach rising and falling/your breath flowing in and out… helps to concentrate you on your body, instead of outside distractions.

4.  Imagine yourself floating on a cloud

Thinking as if you are floating on a cloud, while you look at things that passes by, is a powerful meditation tool that can give you a temporary  escape from everyday stresses.  Imagine what you see, hear, and smell in this peaceful place.

5.  From your head down to your toes, slowly tense and relax your muscles

Progressive muscle relaxation reduces muscle tension and general mental anxiety.

Destress with Dr. Andrew Weil…

Credit sources: & SuccessTelevision, YouTube.

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