Simple Relaxation Techniques For Stress Relief
Why is it important to know how to relax?
Do you know how to relax? Being able to relax is one of the most important facts for human life, especially for our mental health and wellbeing. We live in a stressful world, always rushing somewhere and often forget about our health and about the importance of taking some time to chill out when we are finding something a bit stressful. Our stress and tiredness make us unhappy, frustrated and it can even affect our health. So, I think it's necessary that we take some time for ourselves daily and really learn how to chill out. People who are able to do this are more likely to avoid tough and stressful times, tend to be happier, have better physical health and are less likely to develop serious mental health difficulties.
There are a lot of different simple things you can do to chill out, like walking, listening to the music, reading a book, taking a bath, doing favorite sport, yoga, meditation, breathing techniques and so on. Of course each person finds a technique that is most suitable for him. I have tried many different methods, but now, when I feel a bit stressed out, I practice some of my favorite, which I will describe below.
1. Greeting To The Sun
Best exercises to start your day with
I always start my day with some relaxation exercises, which are actually part of yoga. They are called Greeting to the sun or Salute to the sun. This practice is very relaxing, stress relieving, it fills you with energy for the day, while it helps you increase flexibility of the muscles. It is considered as the best exercise for human body.
This exercise is simple series of poses (Asanas) in 12 easy steps. The most important is to focus on your breath the entire time during this exercise. Watch the video for instructions.
How to do a basic Greeting To The Sun - Video instructions
Watch it to learn.
Yoga mats - The one that I use for my practice
I use a colorful mat, so my practice is even more comfortable and fun.
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2. The Five Tibetan Exercises
After The Greeting To the Sun I practice The Five Tibetan Exercises, also called The Five Tibetan Rites. Every morning! This is a system of five dynamic exercises which are great to keep your body in shape but also for your health, energy, personal power and it is described as an exercise program for "youthing". I think it works for me! :)
I perform each of the movements 21 times. Of course, when I first began I did 3 repetitions and then every week I could do more. Watch the video below for description.
How to do The Five Tibetans - Video instructions
Watch it to learn.
The Five Tibetans - Great book about The Five Tibetans
When I fist started to practice this exercises I read a lot of books and watch different videos with instructions, but this is the one book, that I recommend for beginners.
The book provides illustrated instructions for the five yogic exercises - Five Tibetans.
Yoga Accessories - Useful accessories for practice yoga
If you enjoy practice yoga like myself, then you must also enjoy to use some great accessories.
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For stress relief
Meditation is one of the greatest and simplest way to overcome your stress, tiredness, frustration and to find some inner peace and balance, while it helps us to understand our own mind. It is great way to transform our negative mind to positive and it simply benefits your emotional and your overall health. And you can do it anywhere, anytime!
Meditation is very simple and anyone can practice it. A simple ten or fifteen minute breathing meditation daily is more than enough. That's how I meditate: I find quite and relaxing environment, sit comfortably, cross my legs and just try to relax. Really relax the whole body. Than I let my attention rest on the flow of my breath. This is very important because it allows the "chattering" in my mind to fade away. The goal is to completely silent my mind.
If a person’s basic state of mind is serene and calm, then it is possible for this inner peace to overwhelm a painful physical experience.
– The Dalai Lama
4. Yoga Nidra
Yoga Nidra is one of the deepest of all meditations that really helps to reduce tension and anxiety. It is also called Yogic sleep, because it is actually a state of conscious deep sleep, when you yet remain awake. It feels similar to when you are just about to fall asleep. This state is very relaxing. It was developed thousands years ago as a means to achieve the deepest states of inner peace and relaxation, while it can help you solve problems and enhance your intuition and creativity. It will rejuvenate your body and your mind.
Guided Yoga Nidra - Guided meditation to experience conscious deep sleep
I always practice Yoga Nidra with some guided meditation. The one below is a good example that I recommend. I am comfortably lying down on my back and simply listen to guided instructions.
5. Running for relaxation
Another relaxing technique that I practice few times a week is running, especially in nature, forests, parks,... The very nature itself is relaxing, but running is even more. For me, running has become a meditation and relaxation of sorts that serves to clear my mind. It has mental and physical benefits, which are scientifically proven. A recent article from Harvard Medical School (Exercising to relax) explains that "exercise reduces levels of the body's stress hormones, such as adrenaline and cortisol. It also stimulates the production of endorphins, chemicals in the brain that are the body's natural painkillers and mood elevators. Endorphins are responsible for the 'runner's high' and for the feelings of relaxation and optimism that accompany many hard workouts."
It has so many benefits that I simply love it!
6. Relaxing music - The simplest technique for stress relief
Probably the simplest relaxation technique ever, that can be practiced by everyone is listening to some relaxing music. It doesn't take you much time and physical effort, so it is suitable for everyone. Just sit or lay in a comfortable position and start to enjoy the beautiful relaxing music. Here are some great examples that I found for you.