Take a deep breath. Hold it for a moment, and then exhale. Feel more relaxed? Breathing exercises are one way to relax. Here you will learn about different ways to relax your mind and body.
Being relaxed can help ease stress. It can also relieve anxiety, depression, and sleep problems. There are lots of ways to relax. Some ways are designed to relax your mind and some to relax your body.
But because of the way the mind and body are connected, many relaxation methods work on both the mind and the body.
To relax means to calm the mind, the body, or both.
Relaxing can quiet your mind and make you feel peaceful and calm
You may find one or more ways help to calm you down and feel at peace.
Your body also reacts when you relax. For example, your muscles may be less tense and more flexible.
01. Relaxing the mind
Practice mindful meditation. The goal of mindful meditation is to focus your attention on things that are happening right now in the present moment. For example, listen to your body. Is your breathing fast, slow, deep, or shallow? Do you hear noises, such as traffic, or do you hear only silence? The idea is just to note what is happening without trying to change it.
02. Relaxing the body
Try progressive muscle relaxation. This process involves tensing and relaxing each muscle group. Progressive muscle relaxation can reduce anxiety and muscle tension. If you have trouble falling asleep, this method may also help with your sleep problems. When you relax your muscles, your body gets the signal that it is okay to fall asleep.
How can you relax your mind and body?
There are lots of ways to relax. Some ways are designed to relax your mind and some to relax your body. But because of the way the mind and body are connected, many relaxation methods work on both the mind and the body.