|Today's guest blog article has been written by Sarah who is the creator and editor of Relax Everyday - a website dedicated to providing information on relaxation and aims to be a must visit website for those wanting to increase their overall wellness. With so much stress in the world, it is so important to remain grounded. Sarah impresses upon her readers that relaxation is beneficial for all aspects of your life - mind, body and soul.
Thank you for writing for us today, Sarah!
Our lives are pretty stressful and we always seem to have things to do. It can be hard for us to just will our bodies to not be stressed, so what can you do about it? There are ways that can help you relax on the spot without much effort.
If you are starting to feel stressed, whether it is at work, when you’re out or even if you are at home looking after the kids there are some relaxation techniques that you can use anytime and anywhere. Here is a look at 5 discrete relaxation techniques that will lower your stress levels and calm your mind.
Take a Deep Breath
You can use this relaxation technique anytime and anywhere. You should stop what you are doing and just focus on breathing in and out. Your inhales should be deep and your exhales should be slow so that your blood pressure and heart rate start to decrease. You can add to this by closing your eyes and picturing a place that makes you calm.
Calm Down with Music
Most of us have some sort of device that is able to play music, so relax to your favorite song, a feel-good song, or a peaceful one to help reduce your stress and anxiety. Music is shown to reduce stress levels and slow your heart rate, especially classical music. Your brain will become filled with dopamine, which is our feel-good neurochemical that reduces the stress hormone.
Scents for Stress
A great way to discreetly relax is to use your sense of smell. Essential oils that are used in aromatherapy can help you to relax. You can keep an essential oil in your bag and inhale the scent whenever you feel stressed or you can have a body spray made from an essential oil so you can spritz whenever you want.
If I was to recommend an oil or two for relaxation then I would suggest lavender, rose or geranium.
Press Your Pressure Points
There are key acupressure points on your face, head and hands and pressing these can help relax your nervous system.
A good spot you can press discreetly is the meaty part of your hand between the thumb and forefinger. No one will notice this and it will help you to relax.
Have a Snack or A Sip of Tea
Dark chocolate, in moderation, can actually be good for you. It has been reported that dark chocolate can actually help regulate cortisol, which is the stress hormone. So, the next time that you are feeling stressed, you can just pop a square of dark chocolate in your mouth and start to relax.
However, we are not all fans of dark chocolate, so if you don’t like dark chocolate then why not sip some tea instead? There are many types of tea, but if you are trying to combat anxiety and stress then the best teas to drink are chamomile, lavender, passion flower and green tea.
No one will look at you twice if you are sipping a calming cup of tea at your desk or when you are taking a break for a minute or two.
Stress and anxiety can creep up on us at any time and it can make us feel extremely overwhelmed, so if you are feeling the effects of stress then try one of these discrete relaxation techniques.
You are able to do these at anytime and anywhere and they can immediately help you to start feeling better. When you are more relaxed, you will be able to tackle situations better and have an overall better frame of mind for whatever your day throws at you. How do you discreetly relax?
Thank you to Sarah for sharing some great tips on how to feel relaxed just about everywhere. Make sure to visit her website for more great articles on relaxation and wellness!
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