Feeling stressed? Here are 5 effective ways to relax your mind
High school can be a stressful time for students. Between studying, extracurricular activities, and preparing for college, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed and anxious. Relaxation techniques are beneficial in managing stress and promoting a calm state of mind, which in turn will have a positive effect on many aspects of life.
Read on to learn more about five methods you can try out the next time you feel stressed.
Practice deep breathing to relax
Deep breathing is an easy and effective way to calm your mind and reduce your stress level. To practice deep breathing, sit or lie down in a comfortable position. Close your eyes and inhale deeply through your nose until you can feel your lungs being fully filled with air, your abdomen expanded. Then exhale slowly through your mouth. Repeat this process a few times, focusing on the sensation of your breath as it enters and leaves your body.
Progressive muscle relaxation
Progressive muscle relaxation is a technique that involves tensing and then relaxing different muscle groups in the body. To practice progressive muscle relaxation, lie down in a comfortable position and focus on one muscle group at a time. Start with your toes, clenching them tightly for a few seconds, then release and repeat once more. Repeat this exercise throughout your body, tensing and relaxing your calves, thighs, stomach, chest, arms and so on. This technique is great for helping release your physical tension and mental stress.
Spend time in nature
Spending time in nature can be a great way to relax the mind and reduce stress. Take a walk in a nearby park or nature reserve, or simply sit outside and enjoy the fresh air. Focus on the sights, sounds, and sensations around you, and try to clear your mind of any stressful thoughts. Walking in nature can help boost your mood and reduce anxiety.
Mindfulness is a technique that involves paying attention to the present moment, without judgment. To practice mindfulness, sit in a quiet place and focus on your breath. As thoughts come into your mind, acknowledge them, but then let them go, returning your focus to your breath. Mindfulness can help reduce stress and improve focus and concentration.
Listen to relaxing music
Listening to calming music can be a great way to relax the mind and reduce stress. Choose music that you find soothing and calming, and listen to it in a quiet place. Focus on the music and let your mind rest. You can also try combining music with other relaxation techniques, such as deep breathing or progressive muscle relaxation.
In conclusion, there are many ways to relax the mind and reduce stress, and each person may find different techniques more effective than others. Experiment with different techniques and find what works best for you. By taking the time to relax and de-stress, you can improve your mental and physical health, and feel more focused in your daily life.
At EF Academy, we understand that student health is paramount to their success. That’s why we provide support and guidance to help our students find ways to relieve stress and other issues that may impact their well-being. We are committed to promoting a healthy and positive environment that fosters growth and academic excellence.