Our modern lifestyle can often make us feel tired and stressed. What with the worries bought about by COVID-19, coupled with juggling work, family, and even social obligations, it can be hard to squeeze in time for some relaxation. But it’s really important to find time to relax and unwind as it’s good for your health, both physically and mentally. The good news is - there are many easy ways to relax and manage that stress that’s crept into your life.
Take deep breaths
Of course, the first on our list of relaxation techniques is to simply take deep breaths. We often forget that the best things in life come in the simplest forms, and this holds true for breathing exercises. It’s one of the simplest and best ways to relax, and it can effectively relax your mind and body anywhere and anytime. Just find a quiet place where you can sit or lay down comfortably. Put one of your hands on your abdomen, then breathe in slowly to a count of three, and breathe out slowly to the same count of three. Can you feel your abdomen rise and fall each time you breathe in and out? Great! Keep doing it for 5 minutes or until you feel your mind and body relaxing.
Let go of your physical tension
When your mind is stressed, your body automatically feels stressed too. The best way to relax your mind is to release your physical tension. Lay on a soft surface, such as your bed, a yoga mat, or a carpet. Tense up parts of your body, one at a time, then slowly release your muscles. The more you do it, the more you will feel your body’s sensations change. A good place to start is with your jaws, by opening your mouth as wide as you can for 30 seconds while breathing through your nose naturally. Close your mouth slowly once you feel that stretch, then work your way through the rest of your body, including your toes.
Have some “me” time
Grabbing some “me” time can really help you to relax and unwind. Perhaps you love spending time in your garden, where you can find peace amongst those flowers and shrubs. Or perhaps you love experimenting with new recipes and preparing meals for the family. And of course, who wouldn’t want to soak in a hot bubble bath, or indulge in a whole-body massage? Whatever and wherever your happy place is, go for it and indulge in your very own relaxation activity.
Write a list of the things you’re grateful for
When we’re stressed, we tend to think only of the things that, well, are making us stressed. When your thoughts are occupied by the things that are going wrong, it’s even harder to unwind. A good way to get out of the stress zone is to focus instead on the things you’re grateful for, and to write these down in a journal. Make it a daily habit to list down at least the top 3 things that went great. And did you know that the very act of writing has many health benefits? It can help you lower stress and get a better sleep, plus, it’s great for mental clarity as it helps you reflect and talk yourself through any issues you may be experiencing.
Be one with nature
Getting outdoors to our glorious national parks, beaches and rivers is a great way to relieve stress and unwind from it all. Wherever you live in Australia, there’s bound to be an idyllic spot not too far from you where you can engage your senses with nature. Concentrate on what you see, hear and smell, and you’ll feel those shoulders start to free up as a sense of relaxation takes over your body.
Try some yoga
The purpose of yoga is to build strength, awareness and harmony in both the mind and body, so it’s a great option to help you to relax. There are many different forms of yoga, but most sessions typically include breathing exercises, meditation, and assuming poses that stretch and flex various muscle groups. Whether you’re a bit of a couch potato or really active, there are modifications for every yoga pose and beginner classes in every style. The idea is to explore your limits, and it’s a great way to get in tune with your body and your inner self.
Now, relax and unwind
We all deserve to relax and unwind so we can eliminate stress from our lives. These are just a few easy ways - but there is still so much more you can do to help you manage stress through relaxation. Talk to a friend, try some meditation, laugh your heart out or take yourself off to one of Australia’s many wellness retreats. Yes, we know those retreats aren’t cheap, but if you feel the need to get away from it all for a few days or a week, we’re here to help. Just take a look at our cash loans from $1,000 to find out how quick and easy it is to get your hands on some extra funds. Once a loan is approved, we can usually deposit the cash into your bank account within a few hours; so you can relax and unwind - we’ve got your back!