28 Jun 7 Relaxation Techniques for Stress Management
It’s Monday morning, and you are late taking the kids to school. You can’t find your keys under the stack of unread mail on the dining room table, and you have yet to prepare for the conference call you have at 10:00 AM. Juggling between work, family, and other personal obligations, we deal with a lot of stress every day. The never ending, to-do list of dishes, laundry, carpool, work and dinner can feel impossible and overwhelming at times, leading to major stress. If you feel constantly pulled in a million different directions, here are a few relaxation methods to help better manage stress.
Get Up Early
Whether it is getting up an hour earlier or just five minutes, set some time aside for yourself before the day begins. Before making breakfast, waking the kids up for school, and feeding the dog, take a deep breath and enjoy a few extra minutes to yourself. Pour a nice warm cup of coffee or tea and gather your thoughts.
Exercise is not everyone’s favorite activity to relax, but it’s a beneficial one. Exercise reduces stress, even if it is just a 10-minute workout routine at home. Getting your heart pumping and blood flowing can do wonders for a heightened stress level. Whatever it is, physical activity can produce endorphins that act as natural painkillers in the brain. This can help improve your mood and ability to sleep, making you feel relaxed even the next day. Exercising can also make you feel better about yourself, boosting your confidence and ability to tackle the day.
Take a Deep Breath
As simple as this may sound, taking one to three deep breaths when you feel like you are about to explode allows a chance to regroup before they become too overwhelmed. Breathing is one thing that you can control in your busy day, so take advantage of it. Use slow, deep breaths to release any tension you may be feeling.
Write it Down
If you’re like me, you likely often wake up with an abundance of things to do and a million things on your mind. One way to cope with this chaos is to make a list. Writing down the things you need to do that day allows the opportunity to feel more organized in a way that can help you prioritize visually. It also feels great to check things off the list making you feel more accomplished as the day goes on.
Set Smaller Goals
It’s easy to get caught up in being the best. And the truth is, it is impossible to be perfect. Instead of stressing yourself out by being head of the PTA or soccer coach for your child’s team, start first by making smaller goals for yourself. Taking smaller steps can make it easier for one to reach their overall goals.
Head to the Sauna
Don’t have enough time to enjoy a day at the spa? No worries! Head to the sauna. Not only do infrared saunas reduce stress, but they also cleanse skin, induce a deeper sleep and help relax muscles soothing any aches/pains. And these are only a few of the many health benefits of sweating it out. I suggest 40 minutes in the sauna 2-3 times a week to alleviate stress and tension. Infrared saunas are less intense than a traditional sauna, helping to create a more comfortable, relaxing experience.
Take a Day Off
You deserve it. Grab lunch with friends or plan a night out on the town. Either way, some time off from the kids and spouse can distance you from the daily routine and allow your mind time to unwind. Getting out of the house will help you relax and think about other things than those dirty dishes in the sink. Finding time to take off may be hard, but it is well worth it.