Happy National Relaxation Day, friends; I think we could ALL use a little more relaxation!
I’ve been traveling in Italy for the last 2 weeks, trying my BEST at relaxing (it doesn’t come so easily to me- full disclosure), but I’ve been trying to follow as the Italians do- because they relax well (or it seems to be that way).
It’s perfect timing that today is National Relaxation Day and I’ve got relaxation on the brain.
Here’s a few quick ways to promote relaxation.
Listen to music.
Research suggests that listening to music prior to (or around) stressful events can help our nervous systems response to that same stressor- helping us to react less severely to the stress.
Use essential oils.
Like lavender, chamomile, frankincense, bergamot- all of these help to promote relaxation. There are a few ways to use them. I like to mix 1-2 drops with a carrier oil – like sweet almond oil and use on my body. You can also use any of the oils (in very small quantities) on an eye or regular pillow.
Take a walk.
Gosh do I use this one often. Nothing helps to sooth the mind, and quiet the stress system like taking a walk. Getting air in our heads and getting our feet moving can really help to calm the nervous system.
Journal or draw.
Some of my clients, friends and family work better with writing and some work better with drawing or being creative without a particular form or verbiage. Whatever works better for you, is ideal. Pick the type of method that works better for you- and sometimes that can be combining the two of them- like buying an adult coloring book.
Sip adrenal-supportive caffeine free tea.
I LOVE this elixir mix– the mushrooms (all types- cordyceps, reishii, lions mane)- it’s all adrenal supportive, plus sipping on a warm beverage in itself can be calming.
This one is often overlooked- but either put yourself in a place with a calming view, look at a picture of a place that feels calming to you, or close your eyes and visualize. I have many clients who use the image of the beach or the mountains to practice this type of relaxation. Sometimes our current surroundings evoke stress and anxiety- so visually and mentally escaping can really help (and who doesn’t want to envision themselves on the beach?!). This one can be harder to get into- but it can really be helpful, and many acupuncturists, massage therapists and hypnotists use this technique to quiet the minds of their clients.