Peace and quiet. The dream of every person. The question is, how to get to a state of relaxation in a world that seems to do everything but help to foster a relationship with self. The good news is, if you take a closer look around you there are numerous techniques, many of which have been used for thousands of years like meditation and Tai Chi, to help people cultivate not only a state of peace, but in doing so, a stronger relationship with a deeper sense of existence.
In an extremely comprehensive article from Help Guide, many relaxation techniques that are used to quiet the mind from stress and heal the body are explained. According to the article, here’s a list of their top techniques:
- Deep Breathing
- Progressive Muscle Relaxation
- Mindfulness Meditation
- Guided Imagery
- Tai Chi
- Massage Therapy
Getting the most out of your relaxation practice
Set aside time in your daily schedule. The best way to start and maintain a relaxation practice is by incorporating it into your daily routine. Schedule a set time either once or twice a day for your practice. You may find that it’s easier to stick with your practice if you do it first thing in the morning, before other tasks and responsibilities get in the way.
Don’t practice when you’re sleepy. These techniques can relax you so much that they can make you very sleepy, especially if it’s close to bedtime. You will get the most out of these techniques if you practice when you’re fully awake and alert.
Choose a technique that appeals to you. There is no single relaxation technique that is best. When choosing a relaxation technique, consider your specific needs, preferences, and fitness level. The right relaxation technique is the one that resonates with you and fits your lifestyle.
Read more specifics from Help Guide on how to practice many relaxation techniques here.