Every year towards the end of the year during the Christmas season, we all have a tendency to let loose and partake in activities that, for the most part, weaken our desire to begin the new year with fervor and vigor.
You will require coping mechanisms to maintain your composure over the holiday season amidst all of this excitement.
The “relaxation response” of the body, which is characterized by slower breathing, lower blood pressure, and a slower heart rate, can be induced by the use of relaxation techniques.
Lets dig-into some types of relaxation techniques:
1. Reduce screen time and prioritize interpersonal interaction.
According to research, those who form meaningful connections with other people are the happiest people.
Being a respected member of a group makes us feel the most content and at ease because the brain is made up of human connection.
Pull your face out from behind the screen as much as you can to establish genuine connections with loved ones.
You may not even be aware of how much this practice can improve your mental health.
2. Directed Imagery
You’ll use your imagination to help you achieve profound serenity throughout this relaxation technique.
You might wish to do this in the morning or right before bed.
Try to refrain from doing it when you need to be totally focused.
It’s crucial to pick a time of day when you won’t be disturbed by people, technology, or loud noises.
Step 1: Close your eyes and either sit comfortably or lay down.
Step 2: Begin taking deep, steady breaths.
Step 3: Choose a calming image in your head. This could be an enjoyable recollection or just your imagination.
Step 4: To make the experience more intense, try to surround the image in your mind with all five of your senses:
- What do you see?
- What are you hearing?
- How are you feeling?
- What are you smelling?
- How about your palate?
Step 5: Take pleasure in the setting you’ve created. Spend as little time or as much time as you need. If maintaining concentration becomes challenging, think about engaging your senses once more and taking deep breaths.
3. Practicing Breathing
You might concentrate your breathing workouts on deep, slow breaths, often known as diaphragmatic breathing.
Taking control of your breathing might help you feel less stressed by calming your body and mind.
When you’re feeling worried, take these actions to manage your breathing:
Find a peaceful spot to sit and feel at ease. Place one hand on your stomach and the other on your chest. When you breathe in deeply, your stomach should move more than your chest.
Breathe in and out slowly and consistently through your nose. As you breathe in, keep an eye on and feel your hands. The hand on your tummy should move slightly while the hand on your chest should remain still.
Exhale slowly through your mouth. At least ten times should pass after this, or until you start to feel your anxiousness reducing.
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