These days, people are busier than ever at work. They have more to do, more communications to keep up with, more coming at them during a busy work day. In the midst of all this busyness and stress, it is more important than ever to find ways to step back, to find a little calm and peace. But, at the same time it is becoming more difficult to do.
One common way people have to unwind is exercise. Going to the gym is more popular than ever. And it is a good way to relieve stress and recharge your mind and body. But there are other things you can do as well to find a little calm amidst the storm.
1. Deep breathing.
This is a very effective relaxation technique, one that even helps improve your concentration and energy. Everyone from military officers to executives are doing deep breathing techniques to relax and relieve stress. There are different ways of doing it. One way is to breathe in for a count of four, hold it for a two count, breathe out for a four count, and then hold it for a two count. Focus on your breathing as you do it, on the air going in and out. Do this about five or ten times and you will feel the difference.
2. Get away from the electronics
This may be a tough one. We seem to be joined to our gadgets almost surgically these days. But to truly relax, you should really try to get some time away. Start with a relatively brief time and then work up. Instead of working with your smartphone or iPad, take a walk, go have a cup of coffee and stare out the window at the passersby, or wander through an antique shop.
3. Get back to nature
Science has shown that getting back to nature really does have beneficial effects for our body and mind, not the least of which is stress reduction. So, take a hike at a state park, or just get out in the woods for a little ramble.
4. Do some yoga
This is nothing complicated, just a few simple stretches that can relax you. Check on the web for instructions.
5. Read – from a book—before bedtime.
Reading can help relax you – unless you are reading from your tablet or phone. Why? They emit a blue light that has been shown to reduce the body’s production of melatonin, a hormone that signals your body to wind down to get ready for sleep. So, if you read before bedtime, do it the old fashioned way, with a book.
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