This Monday, August 15, is National Relaxation Day. This unofficial holiday is a great time to introduce some relaxation techniques into your daily routine. Here are three tips to help you relax. And they can be used any day you feel a need to de-stress, not just Monday.
Take some deep cleansing breaths. According to WebMD, “Take a 5-minute break and focus on your breathing. Sit up straight, eyes closed, with a hand on your belly. Slowly inhale through your nose, feeling the breath start in your abdomen and work its way to the top of your head. Reverse the process as you exhale through your mouth.
“‘Deep breathing counters the effects of stress by slowing the heart rate and lowering blood pressure,’ psychologist Judith Tutin, PhD, says. She’s a certified life coach in Rome, GA.”
Drink some chamomile tea. For centuries chamomile has been known for its relaxing properties. Most offices have a water cooler so get up (and stretching in the middle of the day isn’t a bad idea), pour yourself some hot water and infuse the water with some chamomile tea.
Listen to your playlist. Research has shown that listening to soothing music can actually lower blood pressure, heart rate and anxiety. Research also shows that listening to upbeat music helps people blow off steam. So whichever your preference, update your playlist, pull out your headphones and just try to remember to hum quietly while at your desk.
What relaxation techniques work for you? We’d love to hear.