Without a doubt, the world loves throwing curve balls. Whether you’re rich or poor, single or married, or a student or professional, life won’t hesitate with providing you challenges. Managing those issues is crucial. Some people turn to something spiritual, others turn to something physical. And yet, regardless of means, each form can help you manage the stressors that accumulate over the day.
Relaxation is free, simple to attain, and a gateway to better, healthier living. Let’s look at some of the benefits of relaxation then turn to a few strategies for achieving a well balanced mind.
Benefits of Relaxation
With relaxation, your whole body benefits. Mentally, it helps you cope with your challenges and provides mental balance, solace, and strength. Physically, it can help ease your muscles, help you get better sleep, and conserve energy.
Here’s a quick list of the mental physical benefits of relaxation:
- Manage stress
- Boost confidence
- Increase concentration and focus
- Promote a happy attitude
- Freeing libido (psychic energy, not sexual drive) for other tasks
- Reduce anger, frustration, and contempt
- Help prioritize and understand daily tasks or duties
- All around feel better!
- Lower heart rate
- Lower blood pressure
- Reduce muscle tension and physical stress
- Control breathing
- Relieve pain
With all these benefits, the next question we should attempt to answer is just how we can relax. To me, whatever helps you relax is a perfect method. For some, that may be watching TV, listening to music, or cooking. For others, it might be laying next to the pool, reading a book, or taking a nap.
Haven’t found your favorite? Here are a few methods just for you!
How to Relax
Like I stated above, there really isn’t just one way to relax. Try a few of these methods out and try to find out what works best for you. Each one has shown to have beneficial results, but, of course, it more depends on the person than the strategy.
The Autogenic Strategy: When it comes to stress management, one method is “self management.” Autogenic literally means from within or self generating. One benefit of this is that it doesn’t require any mat or specific sitting position. Instead, the one requisite is self motivation. Focus on your stress and let it go. It’s as simple as that. This can be difficult for some and simple for others. Why? Who knows. This phenomenon, in fact, has always intrigued me.
The Spiritual Pathway: Another method is to use something spiritual. Prayer, yoga, Tai Chi, or focused meditation are all methods here. In this, we use the teaching of others (be them deities or principles) to guide us in our issues. To many, this provides the best means for release.
The Physical Pathway: A third method is to seek physical stimulus to relieve stress. Here, massage, acupuncture, or other means of physical release are options to relieve stress. Often, actions in the physical world help us understand, accept, and move past events or traumas in our mental and spiritual worlds.
Try out some of these strategies or continue to use your own. Whatever the means, make time to relax. Your body and mind will thank you for it.