I’ve been very busy and have been in need of some relaxation. Yesterday, as I was practicing some useful relaxation tools, I figured some of you might like to know about them or be reminded of some easy ways to truly unwind.  So I wanted to share …
Here are my top 5 easy relaxation tips that can be done anywhere (almost):
  1. Take conscious, slow, deep breaths. Stop and take a few minutes to just breathe. Feel the air enter your lungs.Expand your low belly with your inhale. Empty the abdomen with your exhale. Perhaps even image the breath going to any area of the body where you feel tension.
  2. Close your eyes. Wherever you are … (unless you are driving!) … take minute to just close your eyes. We are taking in so much visual stimulus everyday every moment. Simply closing your eyes and taking a deep breath can be a welcome relief!
  3. Use the power of your imagination. Image your favorite relaxing location (maybe it’s a beach, a mountain stream, your own bed, etc.) and image yourself there. Allow yourself to really daydream for a few minutes. Take it all in. Your body actually responds to whatever your mind is thinking, even if it is just an imaged experience!
  4. Stretch! Many of us hold a lot of tension in our neck and shoulders. Sit tall. Feel your ears over your shoulders. Gently lift your heart as you pull your shoulders away from your ears. Exhale. Bring your right ear towards your right shoulder. Hold for 3-9 breaths. Inhale to center and repeat on the left side.
  5. Harness the power of your thoughts. Notice what thoughts you are thinking when you are stressed, anxious. Usually we are thinking things like “I don’t have enough time.” “This is so annoying.” “I don’t want to be doing this.” “This is impossible.” These thoughts certainly don’t support us in feeling good or relaxed! Write down a more supportive thought. Perhaps something like, “I have (or can find) everything I need.” “Everything and everyone is supporting me and my growth (or learning, etc).” “As I relax, time expands.” Or something even better for you.
Well, these are just a few of my relaxation tools. I hope you find some helpful ideas or inspiration within them.
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