Relaxation is so important, physically and mentally. Physical relaxation often comes more naturally than mental relaxation, physical relaxation can include napping, showering/bathing, sitting on the sofa doing absolutely nothing. Knowing how to relax your mind can be something that needs to be learnt and can seem impossible to achieve, especially if you suffer with anxiety or another mental illness. So to help you on your way to looking after your ever so important mind, here are 5 things that could make your mental relaxation time a little easier and more successful.
Take a step out – Read a book or a magazine, even if it’s just for a few minutes. Reading is great escapism and the focus can really distract your mind from what you’ve been worrying or stressing about lately.
Focus on your breathing – Count as you breathe. Start by counting to 3 as you breathe in, 3 as you breathe out and from there work out what’s comfortable for you.
Try active relaxation – I’ve recently found that gentle exercise can help your mind settle down tons. Try to find a yoga or Pilates class and if not, you tube have great tutorials and you can great apps as well. Taking a walk at your own pace can also be great, whether it’s 15 minutes or an hour.
Get creative – Writing is a massive outlet for me, I could write for hours and it’s so relaxing. Whether you want to write, doodle or paint whatever you do, try not to worry about the final product, you don’t have to be good at what you’re doing, just try to enjoy it. Lighting a scented candle can help along with creativity and relaxing your mind too.
Listen to music – Listen to your favorite songs, turn the volume up if you like and sing along or dance. Just have fun because once you are, your mind will be transported to somewhere serene, or pop on your headphones, lay down, close your eyes and just listen.
Try to practice relaxing your mind around 4 times a week and if you find one that works well for you, stick with it and you’ll soon see the benefits.