Stress is as much a mental issue as a physical one and it is important to know how to soothe and clear your mind. Sometimes it can be difficult to let go of things when you get home at night. Or you find yourself dreaming about work or other stressful situations each night. These are all signs that you are dealing with too much stress. But how do you let go of those nagging thoughts?
Clearing and soothing your mind can be achieved by focusing on something that you really enjoy. Everyone has the ability to focus, some people are more adapt at maintaining their focus than others.
What you need is something that will distract you from these other, disturbing or unwanted thoughts, that you are currently experiencing. Think back to a time when you were so engrossed in something that the time just flew by. This is the point where you want to be.
Getting to this point is easier than you might think. If you are having trouble allowing all that tension to leave your body, try meditating. Mediation can help to relax your body and your mind. If this still sounds foreign to you try using soothing music or sounds to help you relax.
It can also help to have a point or object to focus on. You can try lying on your bed and looking at a picture that holds a special meaning to you. Then put on your music and let the sound envelop you. Stay focused on your picture and don't allow any other thoughts into your mind.
Sounds to listen to that can help you focus and relax include the sounds of ocean waves, the sounds of a waterfall or the sounds of birds chirping. All of these can help ease your mind and clear it.
Another great way to relax and get back in touch with your body is to go for a massage. A great massage can help relieve the tension in your muscles and will leave you feeling refreshed again.
Soothing your mind involves learning how to discover those pleasures in life again. Once you have found yours, don't let it go. Get into the habit of soothing your mind on a regular basis. Any time that your work or life in general is getting you down, treat yourself to something that makes you truly happy.
Stress is a part of our everyday lives, like it or not. That being the case, it is necessary for us to learn stress-relieving techniques that will help defray the eventual cost of that stress.
Here are three techniques that will help relieve stress:
Lie down on your back and place one hand on your chest and the other on your belly. Take a deep breath through your nose while trying only to move the hand on your belly; the hand on your chest should stay still. This is a deep “belly breath” that moves your diaphragm, thereby stimulating your vagus nerve, and activating your parasympathetic nervous system.
This type of breathing technique is great to use right before you go to sleep, and will help you attain greater, more restorative rest.
While lying on your back, or sitting comfortably in a chair, close your eyes and imagine submersing your whole body in a warm bath. Starting at your head, clench the muscles around your eyes and then release. Continue around your entire head, contracting and then releasing the muscles around your mouth, your nose, your neck. Then, begin to move down your body, and out into each of your limbs, contracting each muscle group for a moment, and then releasing the contraction. After you’ve reached your feet, and have gone through the technique on your whole body, you should feel very relaxed, rested, and restored.
This technique, also, is a great one to perform before bed.
Whereas the first two techniques are great for bedtime, meditation is a helpful technique to perform anytime, anywhere!
Begin by sitting in a comfortable position, with eyes closed. As you relax, tune everything out but your breathing. Your breathing should become your focus, and as your mind begins to wander, acknowledge that, but bring your focus back to your breathing each time. This is easier said than done, and does take some practice.
The wonderful thing about meditation is that it is a technique that you can carry with you and utilize in just about any situation where you begin to feel stress. No one else needs to be aware that you’re even doing it.
Between these three techniques: diaphragmatic breathing, full-body relaxation, and meditation, you have a whole arsenal of stress-relieving skills at your disposal to use whenever you feel stress creeping into your life. Use them whenever and wherever you feel the need!