You may often find yourself wishing you could put your feet up, breathe a little easier and simply relax. And it doesn’t matter if it’s only for a few minutes.
During those times of relaxation, your body is able to re-energize itself. You know this for a fact but then get too busy with all the million things you have to do and don’t get any change to unwind.
Still, even when your days are jam-packed, you can relax. There are so many simple things you can do to relax and the best part is they hardly take up a great deal of time nor do you have to have fancy equipment.
So here are 5 simple things you can do to help yourself relax and re-energize:
1. At the supermarket where the lines are long and there aren’t many cashiers to check customers out. Don’t stress out! This is an opportunity for you to relax.
Instead of getting stressed out about how long you’re going to wait in line, take deep breaths. When you take deep breaths, you’re actually helping improve your blood flow, as more oxygen is getting carried through your bloodstream. This helps your body recharge itself.
Try taking five deep breaths slowly. Make sure you inhale deeply through your nose and then exhale deeply out your mouth.
Deep breathing won’t just relax your body. Your mind will be clearer, getting you out of a brain fog and you’ll even be more alert.
Whether you’re head needs to be cleared or you need to shake off some stress, try deep breathing. You don’t even need to find a special place to do this simple technique either; just start taking a few deep breaths wherever you happen to be and you’ll feel a lot better in a few minutes.
2. At work, it can be difficult to really get any relaxation done. In fact, if you’re caught “relaxing” at work, it could be a strike against you.
Still, that doesn’t mean you can’t relax at work. You can do relaxation techniques that aren’t obvious to anyone who might be observing you.
Do you spend hours sitting in front of the computer most of your work day? If you do, get up every hour just to stretch your body. Stretching helps get the blood flowing throughout your body.
This simple technique will keep you from feeling tired. Instead you’ll become more focused and alert at work, and this will help you be ever more productive.
While you’re at your desk, take a few minutes every half hour or so to close your eyes and move your head front to back and side to side. This simple relaxation technique will release any tension in your neck and promote better blood flow to your brain.
But what if your work requires you stand on your feet for the most part of the day? Take a few minutes every once in a while to stretch your back and sides. This technique will help in relieving tension throughout your body because your spine and back muscles will loosen up.
When you’re on your break or having your lunch, take a short walk. Walking is such a simple activity that gives tremendous benefits. You’ll not just clear your head while you walk, you’ll be exercising your body too.
3. Just daydream, if you’ve got a busy, full day, take a minute or two to do this. When you daydream, you let your imagination go and this simple act of letting yourself go will give you instant stress relief. Who doesn’t need a few minutes to escape from the real world? I know I could use it every now and then.
What place or experience makes you happy or calm? Imagine how that place or experience smells. How does the air feel? Is there anyone there with you? If there is, who is that person?
Even just 5 minutes of daydreaming will help you be more relaxed. When you snap out of your daydream, you’ll feel energized again and ready to take on the real world.
4. Smile, no matter where you happen to be. You don’t have to have a reason to smile. It’s been proven that smiling relaxes and rejuvenates the body.
When you’re out in public, make sure to smile at the people you pass by. Smile at the people at work. You’re not the only one who’ll be relaxed. Your smile will help others relax as well.
If you have small children, make sure you have a smile on your face whenever you’re interacting or doing something with them.
It’s impossible to be in a bad mood when you’re smiling, and this will help your kids enjoy their time with you because they know you’re in a peaceful, happy environment.
5. Laugh it off. Having a hard day? You’ll get an instant relief of stress by laughing. Of course, if you suddenly burst out laughing when you’re at the supermarket or you’re at your desk at work, others might perceive you as a nut case. So these may not be the best times to do this relaxation technique.
It’s a good idea if you have someone to laugh with you. For instance, when it’s appropriate, tell a co-worker a funny story or joke. While you’re driving your kids to school, sing silly songs with them. When you’re in front of your computer, search the internet and watch a couple of funny videos.
When you do these simple techniques for relaxation, you’ll see that you’re able to get through your day easily and with the least amount of stress.
And when you do get home, you’ll find it so much easier to unwind. Once you’ve mastered the simple art of how to relax, your family, friends and co-workers are going to love the new you.
Lea is a certified life coach and conscious living advocate. She enjoys helping others reach their potential and achieve true happiness. Start paving your path to happiness with a free copy of the Redesign Your Life eBook at LeadingEdgeAdvocate.com. Connect with her on Facebook and Twitter.