Practicing relaxation techniques can help calm our days when they get too stressful. It’s easy to miss out on enjoying a day in our life if our minds are filled with worrisome thoughts and our bodies are tense with stress. A day lived is not coming back and we should not lose it in this way.
For starters, eliminate some things. Avoid running around frantically trying to do too many things. Slow down and move with an easy manner.
If you cannot avoid problems and busy days, get in the habit of pausing to breathe slowly and deeply. Try to continue with easy breathing as you continue on with your tasks.
When tightening up, say at your desk, relax all your muscles. Let them go limp and loose like a soft towel. Don’t try, just let it all go. Consciously let the muscles relax every time you feel them tighten, which might be all day long to start with. It is almost impossible to feel stressed if your muscles are relaxed.
If you can get a short break create a detailed peaceful retreat in your imagination and go there to calm your feelings. Picture it in vivid detail. Perhaps a comfortable room with soft music, a quiet place in the woods, a placid lake, a beautiful garden with flowers, trees, birds. Perhaps such a place already exists. While you are there, let go of everything except where you are.
Create a personal selection of calming words like serene, tranquil, peaceful and repeat them to yourself as you move through your day.
After work perhaps you can have a relaxing pastime such as walking or listening to music.
“There is however, a true music of nature – the song of the birds, the whisper of leaves, the ripple of waters upon a sandy shore, the wail of wind or sea.” – John Lubbock (1834-1913)