While it would be awesome if we could control circumstances to keep us from feeling anxious or tense, unfortunately, we can’t. And while we can work on controlling our reactions, sometimes we need to take extra steps to calm down. Whether you’re looking for a way to cool down after a stressful day, or something to commit to for the long term to de-stress your life, follow some of these suggestions.
- Exercise: It’s not always what you want to hear, but regular exercise can change your whole outlook on life. You’ll feel better on a daily basis even when you aren’t sweating, and the boost you’ll feel from the release of endorphin during and after your workout can give you a new perspective on what was stressing you out.
- Meditation: Even just five minutes a day to purposefully relax and take a break can have an impact. Find a comfortable position and concentrate on breathing slowly in and out. Then, relax the muscles in your body one at a time, starting with your face and moving down.
- Journal: Sometimes organizing your thoughts and getting them out on paper helps to tone down any intensity you may be feeling. It can help you discover a silver lining or really understand how you feel and equip you to face the circumstances.
- Lose the agenda: Take a break without a to-do list, or give yourself permission to procrastinate. Find an activity you’ve always enjoyed, maybe one that brings you back to your childhood, and have fun with no guilt for a set amount of time. You’ll feel refreshed and ready to tackle anything.
- Nature: Being outdoors can have a calming effect. Take a hike on a trail, up a mountain, or along a river. Or just stroll down the street – the fresh air, sounds of nature, even the smells, can make the tension leave your body.
- Yoga: A form of exercise, this combines steady breathing with poses. The combination has an extremely calming effect, while also strengthening your muscles and helping to tone your body.
Finding ways to relax every day can brighten up sometimes dreary or intense situations, giving you a much more calm outlook on life. For more ideas on how to relax, give us a call at 717-840-9885 or click on the button below to make an appointment.
Dr. Julie Drolet
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