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Relaxing and unwinding is a challenge in the modern world. Most of us have so many factors contributing stress to our lives that we find it hard to cope.
Fortunately, while our lives have been getting more complicated, the science of relaxation has become more sophisticated. We now know how to douse our anxious responses and feel less tense throughout the day. Take a look at some of these approved relaxation techniques for hyperactive minds.
Spend More Time With Your Dog
It turns out that our bodies respond to touching dogs in a similar way to other people. We experience a flurry of oxytocin from the brain – the hormone that makes us feel more connected to the world around us. Petting and cuddling your furry friend can instantly help you get that warm and fuzzy sensation inside to mask any feelings of anxiety you might have at that moment.
Listen To Instrumental Music
Music is one of the only stimuli out there that almost entirely bypasses the brain’s thinking parts and interacts with the emotional centres. Researchers think that it has the ability to completely undermine the standard stress response and prevent us all from “overthinking things.”
Try listening to instrumental music and focus on the notes’ sounds for between two and five minutes. Then, once you’re used to one particular melody, switch track and tune into another.
You should find that this process helps to calm your mind and redirect your conscious thoughts away from things that cause you distress. Your internal voice should become quieter, and you should feel more able to enjoy just “being.”
Make A Brew
Making a cup of tea is one of the most powerful ways to relax. There are two main reasons for this—first, most people associated cups of tea with taking time out. You only drink a brew when you’re on a break from your regular, day-to-day activities.
Secondly, tea contains a range of chemicals that actually assist with relaxation. For instance, there are compounds in tea that counteract some of the anxiety-producing effects of caffeine – one of the reasons why Buddhist monks so often drink green tea.
Spend Time In The Garden
Being in nature can help improve your mood and give you a deep sense of relaxation. Grab your SMOK, recline in your chair, and steep yourself in the moment. Listen to the wildlife around you and try to put a stop to your internal negative conversation if you.
Focusing on what you have to be grateful for in life can be a great way to keep your other desires at bay. You can do this informally by thinking about all the good things in your life. Or you can write them down in a list. The choice is yours.
Being grateful is as much about focusing on the positives as it is crowding out the negatives. There’s a lot to be happy about in life, even if you’re experiencing massive change or going through tough times.