Quick Relaxation

Relax Fast with These Simple, Soothing Strategies

Feeling stressed, but don’t have much time to relax? Why not try some quick relaxation strategies!

Below you’ll find a few simple, soothing ideas to help you relax quickly and promote inner peace and harmony in no time . . .

  1. Breathe Deeply – When stressed, we take shallow, rapid breaths which trigger the body’s stress response. Taking even one or two slow, deep breaths will help to activate your body’s relaxation response. Learn more about deep breathing here.
  2. Take Time Out for Tea – Tea is known for its healing properties and the warmth of hot tea is very soothing to the body. When we drink it, we take time to slow down and become mindful. Mindfulness, living fully in the present moment without regretting the past or worrying about the future, is a great stress reliever. For an added boost try Chamomile tea which is known for its calming effects.
  3. Slip Into a Warm Bath – The warmth of the bath soothes the body and its solitude gives us an opportunity to relax and go within. Make your bath extra special with candlelight and relaxing music such as Enya’s Shepherd Moons CD. Adding Epsom Salt, which contains magnesium, will also calm your nervous system and help you sleep.
  4. Discover Aromatherapy – The calming effects of herbal Lavender have been prized for centuries. Add just a couple drops of Lavender essential oil to your bath or a scent diffuser and let the soothing begin. For more information on Aromatherapy, check out “The Complete Book of Essential Oils and Aromatherapy” by Valerie Ann Worwood.
  5. Create a Gratitude Journal – Journaling can be a great stress management tool. To create a Gratitude Journal, choose a journal that you like and every evening write down five things for which you are grateful. This creates a positive focus and helps you to realize all that you have to be thankful for.
  6. Choose a Cue – Cue-controlled or “anchor” relaxation is about choosing a sign in your daily environment to serve as a signal to yourself to relax. This can be anything from a sticker you place on your phone at work to a piece of artwork you see frequently. When you see your cue, simply take a couple of deep, calming breaths and do a quick body scan. If you notice that you are holding tension anywhere (for example, your shoulders), consciously notice the tension as you inhale through your nose and release the tension as you exhale through your mouth.
  7. Let Nature Nurture – Why not try a walking meditation on your lunch hour or anytime you need a break? On your walk, be sure to really notice all of the sights, sounds and smells around you. Taking note of nature’s amazing beauty and abundance promotes serenity and will help make any problems you are facing seem smaller and less severe.