Strategies for Relaxation

If you haven’t figured it out already, I need to make a confession: I am very easily stressed out. As I wrote on Thursday, I have been on or over the edge of a meltdown a couple of times lately. Since we are discussing what helps us relax on the spin cycle this week, I thought I’d list a couple of things.

1. Mindfulness and meditation. I do guided meditations every once in a while. Simply focusing on my breathing for a bit also helps. It is important not to make yourself do anything other than focus. If your attention drifts off, notice it and go back to focusing on the meditation or your breathing. You can also use a mantra.

2. Yoga. I discussed this before. Yoga can be hard when you do difficult poses, but remember yoga is for everyone. If you can’t do a certain pose exactly as experienced yogis do it, there is usually a way to adapt it to make it easier. That way, you are practising self-care, which is important in relaxation.

3. Essential oils. I own an AromaStream essential oil diffuser. It doesn’t use water or heat, so can be left on without supervision or even when you’re sleeping. There are many oils that are thought of as having relaxing properties. Examples are chamomile, lavender, bergamot, ylang ylang and jasmine. You can of course make diffuser blends.

4. Herbal teas. I have discussed these a few times. I find particularly chamomile, lavender and valerian root relaxing. St. John’s wort is thought of as having antidepressant properties.

5. Soothing music or sounds. I find that, while music that’s a little more upbeat helps cheer me up, if I truly need to relax, I benefit from nature sounds and soft music.

6. Blankets. I still need to buy myself a weighted blanket. However, lots of regular blankets also do the trick of helping me relax.

What helps yu relieve stress and relax? I’d love to read your responses in the comments or in a post of your own. Why not link it up with the spin cycle?

6 thoughts on “Strategies for Relaxation

  1. I love the smell of eucalyptus! I have a eucalyptus linen spray that relaxes me. Camomile tea is another one of my favorites. Thanks for sharing your strategies with us! These are great!

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  2. Much like yourself, I also get stressed out quite easily. I downloaded this awesome app called ‘Headspace’ and it has helped a lot. You can set ‘mindful reminders’ throughout the day which is my favourite. It reminds me to take a look around and just be thankful!

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  3. Herbal teas are great. In fact, I find many kinds of tea to be relaxing. They remind me of being a kid and having my Mom pour me a cup after school on a cold day. She’d have to add lots of milk and some sugar for me to take it, but there was something comforting about that afternoon tea break.

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  4. Blankets and essential oil! Definitely the hero. It helps me relax myself especially on rainy days or afer a long tired day. This post is lovely I will try to make a list too;)

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