3 Ways to Relax for Better Mental Health
By Genevieve Cunningham
Most people don’t realize just how damaging excessive stress is to their bodies and minds. When we have more stress than we can handle, it not only affects our physical health, but it can cause damage to our mental health as well. Because of the seriousness of too much stress, it’s vital to make relaxation a part of your normal mental health routine. But, most of us don’t relax in the right way, and when we watch TV or surf the net, we’re actually causing more stress. To get moving in the right direction, check out these three ways to completely relax for less stress and better mental health.
Meditation, when done properly, can quiet the mind, relax the body, and alleviate stress. It allows you to breathe and "be" without thinking or worrying. The benefits, especially stress relief, have been proven time and again. So, how do you do this properly? Make sure you do your research first. Then, start slowly. You won’t be able to do 20 minutes during your first session, but you may be able to do one minute. Slow and steady wins the race with this technique, so be patient.
Find Some Outdoor Space
The great outdoors are peaceful and calming to the soul. Find a safe space and spend some time there all alone. Make sure that the place is comfortable. You don’t want nagging mosquitoes, thorns, or other nature-related problems to get in your way. Once you find the right spot, go there regularly to relax, unwind, and breathe a little fresh air for long-term mental health.
Sip Something Hot
Think about how soothing a hot drink is when it’s cold out. There’s something about a warm beverage in your hands and then tracing your throat and belly that brings a sense of peace and calm into your life. Pick your favorite … coffee, green tea, apple cider, whatever your pleasure … and sip slowly in a quiet space to help both your body and your mind to relax.
Relaxation is crucial to your mental health. Without it, you’ll keep both your body and your mind tense and on edge. But our current methods of rest and rejuvenation often bring more harm than good. Instead of binging on TV or relaxing with technology, use these relaxing techniques to calm yourself on a regular basis and protect your general health and well-being for a lifetime.