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Proven Relaxation Techniques

4 Proven Relaxation TechniquesSometimes it feels that the modern world works against us, bombarding us with online stimuli, stressful jobs, traffic and more. When you get overloaded, you need to find ways to unwind and relax. These quick natural relaxation techniques can help ease tension fast:

1. Stretch and breathe.

Slowly moving through a set of four or five yoga poses makes you aware of your body and your breathing while the stretching motion relieves muscle tension. There are many short yoga videos available online if you like to have guidance. You can also memorize some simple poses and work through them on your own.

2. Laugh

Take a few minutes to read a favorite comedic essay, look at some kitten memes or watch a funny video. Laughter releases endorphins, improves circulation and helps ease muscular tension. The benefits aren’t just short-term, either. Regular laughter improves your immune function and can lead to a better mood all day.

3. Try healing herbs.

Valerian root, passionflower and chamomile flower have all been traditionally used to calm nerves and enhance relaxation. These can be taken in a tea or in a supplement like our Calmatrol. Be sure to discuss any herbal remedies with your doctor if you are taking other medications.

4. Take a hot shower.

Sometimes, the shower seems to be the only place to escape from the noise of the outside world. Take some time to enjoy the heat and steam and consciously work to slow down and relax. Pick up a candle in a soothing scent and some naturally scented quality soaps to indulge a bit.

5. Meditate.

Even a few minutes of meditation can ease stress and help you to relax naturally. You can meditate sitting or lying down. Take smooth, deliberate breaths through your nose and remain aware of your body and your breathing. If intrusive or distracting thoughts occur, simply acknowledge them and let them go. Some people find silence best while others find meditation enhanced by calming sounds. There are a number of meditation recordings available online to try. The benefits of meditation increase over time. Research shows that meditation increases your resilience to stress by altering your brain’s neural pathways.

Life’s demands can be stressful. But, by having a handful of easy and natural relaxation techniques in your arsenal, you can decompress and increase your calm and wellbeing.

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