Do you ever take time out of your day for some mental relaxation? We often hear about the excessive demands that modern life places on us. With all the pressures placed on our time, and the relentless pace at which we live every day, we can easily get overwhelmed and feel the burden of stress on our minds.
Although it’s better to practice stress relieving exercises regularly to avoid getting too stressed in the first place, often that’s not possible. However, managing your stress levels by learning some techniques for mental relaxation can help a great deal. Below are a few simple suggestions to help you reduce the feelings of stress that you may be experiencing.
Exercise is well known as an excellent form of stress relief. Going out for a run, having a swim, riding a bicycle or just going for a swift walk are all great stress reducers. Firstly, exercise tends to make your mind focus on physical sensations in your body, taking your mind off your worries and concerns. Secondly, exercise releases endorphins which are a chemical associated with feelings of happiness – exercise can literally make you happier!
Another great way to release stress and tension is through creative pursuits. These can be anything from writing, painting and making music, to dancing, cooking and even coloring! Creativity can help relieve stress by focusing the mind on something constructive, leaving you with a feeling of satisfaction and pride. Creative acts can also take the form of emotional release – a cathartic experience that can help purge you of excessive emotional strife.
Meditation comes in many forms, but most types of meditation can help with stress relief. Not only does meditation allow you to set aside some time for yourself, but it gives your mind a break from the thoughts and feelings which may be stressing you out. Meditation can help you face your problems from a calmer frame of mind, and help you to see things with a little more perspective. Like exercise, meditation can also be a great mental relaxation technique.
This is an obvious option, but taking a day or two away from all of your problems can really give your mind the break it needs to recuperate. A day away can mean taking time to relax with the family, a fun activity like go karting, having a picnic lunch in the park, visiting the beach or even spending a night or two at a quiet bed and breakfast.
Relax In Nature
Spending some time in nature is often suggested as an antidote for a stressful modern life. It really can help though! Taking a day for a bush walk trek or leisurely stroll through the woods can help you to slow down to nature’s pace. Watching wildlife at work and coming face to face with huge trees and great hills or mountains can help to put things into some perspective, and may also help you to clear your mind. Just enjoy the simplicity of nature and breathing in that clean air.
So just like we need to take care of our physical health each day, we also need to nurture our mental health. Taking at least 30 minutes out of our day to exercise, meditate or even going for a quick walk around the block during a lunch break, is so beneficial to our overall well-being.
For me personally, I try to exercise every day for at least 30 minutes and practice mindfulness exercises, but by far my most favorite way is to grab my gel pens and sharpie markers and color!
What are your favorite ways to recharge your mind and body? Feel free to share what works for you in the comments below.