Feeling harried and frazzled has become a part of our daily lives. Its unfortunate that in an age in which life is supposed to be simpler, it actually can feel quite difficult. That’s why finding personal ways to relax and unwind are more important than ever.
Here are 5 simple ways you can try to help you relax:
1. Drink Tea
Tea is a great way to relax! Green tea is believed to be one of the better tea’s to help us relax and as a bonus, it contains L-Theanine, a chemical that may help to relieve anger. Chamomile is another possibility, as it appears to have calming properties. Or, try various herbal teas until you find your favorite. You may also want to consider sticking to decaffeinated teas.
- Peppermint Tea (Mentha Piperita)
- Chamomile Tea (Matricaria Recutita)
- Lemon Balm Tea (Melissa Officinalis)
- Passion flower tea (Passiflora incanata)
- Green Tea (Camella Sinensis)
- Rose tea (Rosa centifolia)
2. Pray or Meditate
Regular prayer or meditation can relieve stress and help with depression and, you don’t have to go to a retreat or into the hills to pray or meditate — simply find a quiet place that you feel comfortable in, breathe deeply, calm your mind and focus on your mental needs.
3. Create Your Very Own Zen Zone
If praying or meditating isn’t your thing and all you really need is a peaceful space of your own, create one. You can transform your bathroom into a mini spa, take a spare room and transform it into your personal sanctuary or, create a garden in your backyard. Whereever you can, carve out a space that makes you feel good and go there for some quiet time whenever you feel the need.
Physical activity can be a great stress reducer. Whether its jogging, a long walk or even yoga, find the exercises that you like best and when you’re feeling stressed, work it out!
5. Get it Out the Old Fashioned Way
Read, listen to music, do crossword puzzles, sketch, paint or, write it all out in a journal. These activities can be very cathartic and often, when we’re frazzled, we just need to de-escalate and unwind with something simple.
We all feel harried and hopeless these days and I think it’s in large part due to the stresses of modern life. From the constant noise around us, to the distractions of the internet and media, sometimes all we need is to give our minds a rest — finding the things and places that enable you to do just that, are vital to our mental health. And honestly, sometimes we forget that the simplest solutions are often the best.
And as always, should stress become too much for us, we should consider talking to a qualified professional who can help figure out how to get us back on track.