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Feeling Overwhelmed? Try These Techniques to Relax

By Stephen R. Farris

As we go about our daily lives, there never seems to be a dull moment. What I mean is, we live in a fast-paced world, where our lives constantly revolve around work, school activities, taking the kids to athletic practices, and then return home. But relaxing usually takes the back-burner, as there's house chores that need to be done, cooking for the family -- this can be either wife or husband, or both -- then making sure (or helping) the kids have their homework finished, cleaned up and ready for bed. 

By the time you're ready to hit the hay, we unconsciously feel the need to check all of our social media sites and maybe catch a little television before shutting things down, usually at a very late hour. Then it's up and at 'em early in the morning to start the process all over again. It's enough to make you feel overwhelmed, stressed and somewhat depressed.

Oh yeah, we haven't even talked about all the bills to pay, or more stress and more overwhelming feelings when you add that to the mix of life. But if you follow a few simple techniques, you can help reduce those feelings of being overwhelmed. Most can be done anywhere, including at work. You might give them a try. It's all about finding a happy medium.

Visual

It's the simple things in life that count, so when those feelings of being overwhelmed start to surface, try finding a visual object/scenery that brings you to a relaxed, peaceful state of being.

Listen

Another example to try would be to close your eyes and listen to things that are around you. Such as birds chirping, the gentle wind blowing, or the sound of waves if you're near the beach. You can also keep a playlist handy in your smartphone or other portable music devices, so you can put in the earbuds and seek comfort in the beats of your favorite songs. Very relaxing.

Smell

Again, close your eyes and visualize with the smells around you. Hopefully you're in an area such as a garden with lots of flowers, or near the water shore. If at home, light up your favorite scented candle or incense to help put you in a tranquil state of mind.

Touch

Maybe you find comfort in an article of clothing. It could be a favorite shirt or a sweater. You might find you can relax better and relieve the stresses of the day by curling up in your comforter. 

There are so many techniques that you can try that will help you lessen those overwhelming moments. These are just a few, but they can help you get started.

To learn more about your health, wellness and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Renton, Wash.

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