We always have some problem, some concern, something that worries us. We often feel overwhelmed and this burden affects us physically and mentally, which creates a negative cycle: if we are stressed, our mind becomes blocked, we can’t think of creative solutions to our problems, our problems become more frightening, we feel more exasperated and this lessens our chances of solving these problems.
So, this is where the importance of relaxation comes into play, as it is a method of controlling anxiety and stress. Why is it important to learn how to relax and release tensions from our body? Without going into the biology of this matter, it can be said that relaxation of the body and mind is closely linked to health and physical and emotional well-being. Several studies have shown the benefits of relaxation, among which are: achieving deeper sleep, improving immunity and resistance to diseases, increased energy, increased optimism, greater emotional stability and a greater ability to concentrate, among many others. So, what can we do to achieve this deep relaxation and to give our body and mind a rest?
The first step is to find a time that is just for you and nothing else: Even though you have outside pressures, give priority to this time that is just for you. It could be early in the morning or at night. Find a quiet place where nobody will interrupt you during this time.
Start with breathing exercises and meditation: Correct breathing, in other words, inhaling through the nose and exhaling through the mouth rhythmically and deeply, is essential for relaxation because it increases the supply of oxygen to all of the organs, including the brain. Meditation is one of the best techniques for finding yourself, relaxing deeply and silencing those thoughts that run through your mind and that don’t leave you in peace. If you don’t have experience meditating, you can start with short five-minute meditations and gradually increase the time. There are many guided meditations available online. Generally, breathing and meditation are two techniques that are used together. Within this group of techniques, you also find visualization and mindfulness.
Other relaxation techniques include: Taking a long, peaceful walk outdoors, having a warm bath, drinking calming herbal infusions that do not contain caffeine, asking someone to give you a relaxing massage and doing things that make you happy (in my opinion, this is the best!).
Finally, practicing relaxation produces effects if it is done regularly, preferably every day: If it is something you do sporadically, it is unlikely that you will experience all of its benefits. Make relaxation an important part of your daily routine and you’ll see that in a few weeks, you’ll feel more optimistic, calmer, more peaceful and, ultimately, happier and you’ll be able to tackle any problem that arises with a different attitude.