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    tea123
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    Relaxation techniques

    Mon Oct 05, 2020 2:45 pm

    In our lives, sometimes it can be very overwhelming with stressful events that could cause stress upon our bodies. Relaxation techniques are very important for each and every one of us to look after ourselves, to make sure we can let go of all the stress and tension in our body.

    Different people have different techniques that work better for them. Make sure you check out the list of relaxation techniques below and see which one works best for you!

    1. Meditation – Mediation is a method of training your mind and body, to redirect the focus of your thoughts. There are many benefits that mediation is well known for, such as helping enhance the overall well-being of a person, and it is a great tool to help enhancing calmness and relaxation, as well as reducing stress.

    Here are a few steps for meditation beginners
    1. Find a perfect quiet spot of your choice
    2. Close your eyes
    3. Breathe in through your nose
    4. Exhale slowly,
    5. Focus on your breathing as you exhale

    2. Deep breathing – Taking a few slow deep breaths can have a significant positive effect on your overall mood and emotion. It makes you feel disengage your mind from distracting thoughts. Take a few moments of your day and carry out a few deep breathing activities to help you relax your mind.
    Deep breaths
    1. Inhale slowly through your nose
    2. Hold your breath for 5 seconds
    3. Exhale slowly through your mouth for a long 5 seconds

    3. Yoga – Yoga is a great way to reduce stress and anxiety because it is a mixture of mental and physical activities. It also improves your strength, balance and flexibility. This is because yoga involves stationary and moving poses and it greatly focus on your breathing techniques
    With yoga, it is highly recommended to get an instructor or watching instruction videos.

    4. Progressive muscle relaxation- Progressive muscle relaxation technique aims to relax every part of your body, one muscle at a time.
    Steps to carry out progressive muscle relaxation
    1. Get comfortable – you can either sit or lie down
    2. Play soothing music in the background
    3. Tense different part of muscles on your body and count for 10 seconds
    4. Slowly release the tension in your muscle
    5. Repeat this step for every muscle, for example arms, wrists, shoulders.. etc

    5. Plan your pleasant activities – Sometimes the most suitable relaxation activities are not hard to find, it could be right here in front of us. Write a list of things that you considered as enjoyable, and enjoy doing. Make sure you make time to do those things; this could help you relax your mind and body.
    For example:
    1. Going out with friends
    2. Read a book
    3. Play sports
    4. Listen to music
    5. Going to the beach
    6. Watching a movie

    Looking after your body and mind is extremely important; you can start by carry out different relaxation activities. Relaxation is a process that decreases the effects of stress on your mind and body. It can help you cope with stress from your everyday life and stress relating to mental health.

    Please share "what are your favourite relaxation techniques? " :D
    Hope to hear from everyone. Take care and stay safe!
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    Leonarda
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    Re: Relaxation techniques

    Thu Oct 22, 2020 6:28 pm

    Some great suggestions here to de-stress and focus less on what is going on in our heads and more on our surroundings - a really useful way to get through the day more easily and also tell our bodies/inform our minds that we are relaxing and to not bother us!
    Our brains like to play tricks on us and so therefore when we start focusing on the horizon or on simple and pleasant activities such as stretching, breathing, colouring in or gardening , gets us into a more relaxed state and our resilience kicks in and we can deal with any stresses so much better.

    So... happy breathing and relaxing and looking forward to hearing about what works for you :)
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    tacocat
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    Re: Relaxation techniques

    Sat Oct 24, 2020 1:00 pm

    I'm a big believer of finding your own mediation. As long as the activity helps you get out of your head, stop overthinking, reduces your heart rate and body tension.
    Activities I find relaxing are cooking, playing guitar, going for long walks and riding motorbikes.
    There's actually a famous book called 'Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance'.

    What's your Zen?
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