Learning to Relax your Mind
In my last Article, I talked about the 10 Natural Ways to control Anxiety, you may find the link here: https://chillaxeasy.com/articles/relax-10-natural-ways-to-control-anxiety/
In this busy world, we are full of stressors. Unending phone calls, text messages, social media and unending notifications clumps up in our minds. There are times that we just need a quick break from them. Learning to relax your mind at those times is crucial for our mental health. Not to mention, a clear and relaxed mind can be more focused and will surely help your productivity!
What you put in your mouth definitely gets inside your body. Some nutrients found on certain foods would definitely give you a boost!
Research have shown that drinking chamomile tea aids in the relaxation of their subjects. Another study on Phytomedicine found out that long-term chamomile use “significantly” reduces moderate-to-severe symptoms of generalized anxiety disorder.
So why not enjoy a cup of Chamomile tea on a busy day?
2. Green tea
Green tea is packed with L-Theanine, a chemical that relieves anger. How about instead of getting into rage from stress, enjoy a cup of green tea. In addition, it really tastes good!
3. Dark Chocolate
According to Dr.Berk, the higher the cacao consumption, the happier you become. In a research on Loma Linda University Adventist Health Sciences Centre in Southern California, in addition of dark chocolates making you happier from the sugar, consuming dark chocolate can also have a positive effect on your brain health.
Sweets usually calm your nerves. They are also packed with Anti-oxidants and Anti-Inflammatory agents. Please do note that the researches are done using dark chocolate. So how about a break and nibble some chocolate?
Mango is not just a tasty treat, it is also packed with linalool with lowers stress levels. Also, same as the dark chocolate section, sugar calms your nerves. How about a sip of a freshly squeezed cold mango juice or a shake on a tiring day?
Achieving Inner Peace
Relaxation of your Mind does not mean you have to buy something. Below are ways to relax your mind even at home.
Yes, mindfulness meditation is a sweet medicine on a clumped mind. Just sit in a quiet place and time your phone. 5 minutes for a beginner is usually fine, some people do 15 to even 30 minutes.
You have a timer on your phone so you will not worry how long are you sitting in that place, since at first, you will feel that the 5 minutes meditation is unusually long. So do not check it, leave it behind and put all your attention on your breathing. As you do it, your mind will wander. Just put in back on your breathing. By doing this every day, you will feel a lot more peaceful than ever.
A regular Yoga practice can assist reducing stress, anxiety and tension in your body. The downside of this is you need to be tutored for this.
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3. Count Backwards
Counting backwards really helps put the focus of your mind into something else. Something I do in times when there are a lot of people beside me. Hey, I can’t sit and do meditation in a crowd right? It is a really good quick fix!
4. Try Closing your Eyes
I am sure you have experienced being very angry ang instead of letting it out and suffer the consequences, You just closed your eyes and breathe deeply. We all do that since it is our body’s go to reaction to those circumstances, and they sure are very effective! It helps us get through tough times.
5. Progressive Relaxation
Just flex your body muscles and relax then repeat until you’re satisfied. It is effective and I use it sometimes when I can’t sleep due to overthinking on the things that occurs in life. Actors also use them to get through their tension. You can also try it. Maybe this one will work wonders for you.
1. Essential oils
The scent of Lavender oil definitely lightens our feeling. In fact, in a research, lavender oil even lowers our blood pressure which is associated with stress.try to dab some of it if your skin or your pillows. Another research have shown that vanilla scented oil lessen the anxiety of the patients undergoing MRI by a whooping 63%! If you can afford a humidifier, why not put some of it there, your room will surely smell nice.
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2. Your Place at Home
Have a lot of thoughts on your mind? Why don’t you keep yourself busy? Clean your room, arrange your stuffs, fix your bed. It is satisfying to see your room very clean. It represents your personality after all. Therefore, this would keep you busy that you may forget your problems in a short while. You may also dab the essential oils we are talking about above. Make your place the place you are excited to go to every day!
Sometimes, looking in your window and seeing the nature or the scenery outside helps you relax. Some people enjoy looking in their windows when it is raining. If you are one of them, don’t be afraid. Accepted thyself and you will surely feel very free. If you are outside, maybe a walk in a park or traveling could help.
Activities keep you busy, making you wander and at times, relieve your stress. Here are some:
1. Going for a Walk
Going for a walk and being in the sun is shows to increase vitamin D levels, improving mood. It also gets you away from the busy world as you get busy seeing and appreciating the things you didn’t notice before.
2. Exercise and Stretch
Exercise releases the feel good hormone endorphins which would help you relax. In addition, stretches helps alleviate muscles tightness which will put you in a good mood. You can make stretches a habit to do every day when you wake up and see the difference it gives.
3. A Soothing Bath
Some of us have the luxury to have a soothing bath on a tub with bubbles and their rubber ducky, if you are one of them, use it. Go to a warm bath, read a book, play some good music and dim the lights. It will surely put you in a very relaxed state.
4. Listening to Music
Listening to the music you really like is just amazing! I am sure you already experienced what I am talking about. Therefore, play some relaxing music on your phone. It is easy to find relaxing music on the Internet these days.
Travelling gives you a break from everything around you and I am sure that most of the stresses you have come from what is around. See nature, meet people and learn their culture. You also invested in experience which is investing in yourself, making yourself more interesting, and you can start making stories on your journey to a place with your friends
Talking to a friend and relatives about what bugs your mind feels good. You share what feel bad about and they will be there to help you. Maybe share a solution and offer you help on the dilemma you may have. There are times when it is hard to share something and it is alright since you may also write it down which is discussed below.
Journaling is very important. It keeps track on what you have done today, and lets you let out the feelings that you may not share with other people. We do have secrets, and sharing them is sometimes uncomfortable. If that is the case, write it down. It will relieve some tension within.
We all experience stress in this world. It is normal, we always do meet them and they can sometimes break us. Remember, they are not everything. We have ways to alleviate our stresses in life and go though life as it is. Relax and let the waves of life flow. I would like to end my article with the quote I kept on telling myself whenever I feel stressed and it didn’t fail to calm me down.
“Rest if you must, but do not quit.”
Best Wishes to you and your Endeavors,
Jason, Owner of chillaxeasy.com