5 Natural Ways For Complete Calm & Relaxation

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Life can be full of stresses, both mental and physical. Long work hours contribute to fatigue and muscle ache. Stress is one of the biggest problems in life, but luckily there are many things you can do to overcome it and find your way to complete calm and relaxation. Here are the five best ways to unwind after a long day and feel the stress melt off of you.

1. Meditation

Meditation doesn’t need to involve complicated mantras; it can be as simple as sitting quietly by yourself and breathing in a slow, controlled fashion. If you want to try meditation for the first time there are a few tips that may help. Begin by finding a quiet place that you find peaceful and comfortable. Sit down and close your eyes, concentrating on your breathing. As you breathe a visualization technique may be helpful. Imagine breathing in white light and exhaling black smoke. Visualization techniques like this can help calm your mind and allow you to focus. Meditation is one of the most relaxing and enjoyable practices once you get used to it. Start with a five minute session and work your way up to twenty minutes to fully enjoy the experience.

For help getting started with meditation, have a read of 8 Minute Meditation.

2. Progressive Muscle Relaxation

This is a popular relaxation technique that was created by Edmund Jacobson in the late 1930’s. Because your muscles become tense and tight throughout the day, this technique teaches you how to slowly relax every muscle in your body to reduce tension and anxiety. To begin progressive muscle relaxation lay down somewhere quiet and comfortable. Breathe slowly then tense and relax each part of your body from bottom to top one at a time. For example, start with your toes, then your feet and calves, moving up to your thighs, buttocks and so on.

For more help with progressive muscle relaxation, download this MP3.

3. Acupressure

Acupressure uses many principals from traditional Chinese medicine that can be implemented by anyone at home. The same acupoints used in acupuncture can be used in this technique, which requires pressure instead of needles to get the desired effect. A common acupressure point to relief stress, for example, is found on the largest crease on the inner wrist, in line with the little finger. Acupoint 15 is found on the middle finger just above the nail on the side closest to the thumb. To use an acupoint simply press on the spot with your finger for about a minute.

4. Hydrotherapy

Enjoying a long, hot bath is another great way to achieve total relaxation and calm. Hot water has the ability to soothe tight muscles and joints, as well as reduce stress and tension in the body. You may also find a hot bath can help you sleep better at night. To make a bath even more enjoyable try some calming music, soft lighting and lavender oil or scented products.

5. Herbal Sedatives

Of course, herbal sedatives are another way to achieve relaxation and help you get to sleep at night. There are many herbs that can help you calm down, although lavender is one of the most popular. Lavender can be baked into recipes, made into tea or used as aromatherapy to help you relax. Valerian makes a very powerful herbal sedative, although it can cause a drowsy side effect the next morning. To try valerian, look for an herbal tea with a small amount that will avoid the drowsiness the next day – like this one. Chamomile is also very popular and works as a mild sedative. To make a strong chamomile tea, steep a large tablespoon of chamomile in 8 ounces of water for fifteen minutes covered. Chamomile produces no side effects and helps lull you into a calm, relaxed state.

To read more about how to use herbal sedatives to help you relax, have a read of our recent article: The Top 10 Best Herbal Sedatives

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