How to relax | 8 relaxation tips for your mental health

Exploring relaxation can help you look after your wellbeing when you’re feeling stressed or busy. Have a look at these tips and ideas to see how relaxation can fit into your daily life. Don’t worry if some ideas don’t work for you – just enjoy the ones that do.

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39 thoughts on “How to relax | 8 relaxation tips for your mental health

  1. I have always felt that rest and relaxation are just as important as hard work, although it’s easy to forget. We all need to kick back and recover from all the stresses that life can bring. Being an athlete, I had to learn this the hard way with numerous over-use injuries over the years. But I think at least for now, that I have finally reached a point in my life where I can balance hard work and play time.

  2. If you're here from e4l
    1. Take a break
    2. Focus breathing
    3. Listen to music
    4. Think of a relaxing place
    5. Active relaxation (do sports)
    6. Use an online guided relaxation exercise
    7. Create something
    8. Spend time outside

  3. How Meditation Elicits Profound Relaxation: or how to relax naturally

    Meditative procedures work so distinctively well to counteract stress because they uniquely require the consistent avoidance of perseverative thought for a significant and continuous period of time, and you need to consistently avoid distractive, worrisome or ruminative thoughts for at least an hour for your muscles to fully relax. In other words, full or profound relaxation takes time. When your muscles do completely relax, you will feel a sense of pleasure or euphoria due to the sustained release of endogenous opioids in the brain that is concomitant with profound relaxation. Sustained or chronic opioid activity down regulates opioid receptors, and reduces the palatability or reward value of food, alcohol, and other substances that otherwise increase opioid levels, the latter being the primary source of food and alcohol cravings. Profound relaxation also inhibits neuro-muscular activation when perseverative thought is reintroduced (i.e., it inhibits stress). Because profound relaxation inhibits painful affective states that are embodied by neuro-muscular activity (tension), elicits euphoric states, and reduces unnecessary and harmful cravings, it allows for a greater measure of self-control, rationality, equanimity, and pleasurable feelings that are the defining attributes of so-called meditative states.

    Since distraction as perseverative cognition is the preeminent cause of neuro-muscular activation or tension, our model is easily falsifiable. Simply avoid all distraction for a timed hour, and see if you can do that for two or three consistent hours a day, and merely record your progress over a few days. You will note that you will feel totally and pleasurably relaxed, have greater self-control, thus representing good feelings and productivity capacities that will extend into your otherwise stress filled day.

    And the good thing is that you will be fully rested and have a natural ‘high’, and will not have to take a course on mindfulness, or meditation, or even for that matter read the book that follows! It’s that simple.

  4. This video is kind of good but bad answell. Because even though it tries to help it also backfires.

    We want to relax we don't wanna do more stuff and overwork ourself's we don't have time for that and by the end of the video you already feel overwhelm trying to remember what you should do or you can do. So i don't think that replacing what we thinking and doing what the video says will fix something.

    However if i weren't stress and went to look this video and do it i wouldn't mind.

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