Most of us are finding ourselves a little more anxious and stressed these days. Working from home, balancing work and life, and the coping with the pandemic may have you on edge. It’s time for a good R&R treatment. While rest and relaxation may be on the back burner for the time being, we’re urging you to reconsider. Incorporating some simple relaxation techniques into your day has many health benefits.
Earthotic strives for holistic health, and it’s our mission to help you achieve a balanced and healthy lifestyle, too. Whole health is more than just working out and eating fruits and veggies. We believe in caring for body, mind, and spirit, three interconnected facets. When one suffers, they all suffer.
That being said, since “anxiety disorders are the most common mental illness in the United States” ADAA – and the effects of the pandemic are causing anxiety to rise – adding coping and relaxation techniques to your toolkit will help ease your mind and boost your productivity.
Incorporating relaxation techniques regularly into your routine may help manage:
- Chronic anxiety or depression
- Pregnancy & labor discomfort or pain
- Temporomandibular joint disorder
- Chronic headaches & migraines
- Chronic & acute pain
- High blood pressure & heart disease
- IBS & chronic nausea
- Menopause symptoms
Read more about how relaxation techniques help each condition at NCCIH.
How to Utilize Relaxation Techniques
Prioritize & Schedule Relaxation Time
It may sound counterintuitive, but you can do MORE when you schedule time to do LESS. Intentionally make time to relax. Relaxation helps your body recover and reset naturally, without medication. Furthermore, purposeful relaxation can:
- Increase productivity
- Reset mind & body
- Balance hormone levels (lower cortisol levels, higher mood-enhancing hormones)
- Ease stress & anxiety
- Allow your body to heal & recover
- Promote better sleep and rest
Although our culture applauds an “always on” lifestyle, but we aren’t meant to live in a constant state of stress. Stress causes our bodies to release the infamous cortisol hormone nonstop. Then, too much cortisol causes a backlash of symptoms like weight gain, high blood pressure, and mood swings. So, stop the cycle, and get back to enjoying life by making time for relaxation.
Try Different Relaxation Techniques
Don’t know how to relax? Get some guidance by trying one of these therapies. Find a tutorial or video online to try them at home, or find a specialize therapist who can help. You can also find some great phone apps to facilitate the sessions for you!
- Aroma therapy
- Water Therapy
- Massage Therapy
- Yoga or Pilates
- Sound Therapy
- Bio Feedback
- Deep Breathing
Learn about these relaxation techniques more in depth at NCCIH.
Unplug from Technology COMPLETELY During Relaxation Time
Planning to unwind with some mindless feed scrolling on your phone? Try something better. Studies are showing our dependency on technology and real addictions to social media and actually increasing anxiety levels. Plus, blue light may have some negative consequences as well. Marnie at Healthline explains how she changed her relationship with her phone and social media here.
Relaxation looks different for everyone. For some people, being still causes a downward spiral into anxious thoughts. Relaxation doesn’t have to be lying on the couch or taking a nap. Do something you enjoy. Be still if that works for you; or, try a more active technique like yoga or Tai Chi. Art therapy is a great way to get your creative juices flowing while providing relaxation. Guided imagery keeps your mind busy, yet it still promotes relaxation and serves as a technique you can use any time you feel stressed, even at the office. Try a few until you find what you like.
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- ADAA. (2020). Facts & Statistics. Anxiety and Depression Association of America.
- U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. (2020). Relaxation Techniques for Health. National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health.
- Colberg, S. R. (2019, January 5). Brain Hormones and Relaxation to Lower Mental and Physical Stress. Diabetes In Control.
- Society for Endocrinology. (2020). Cortisol. You and Your Hormones.
- Healthline Media. (2020). Best Anxiety Apps of 2020. Healthline.
- Harvard Health Publishing. (2020). Blue Light Has a Dark Side. Harvard Health Letter.
- Healthline Media. (2020, August 19). How I Ditched the Social Media Spiral in 3 Simple Steps. Healthline.