6 Ideas to Help You Relax in 2022


There are several things you can do to cultivate a sense of calm in yourself regardless of the external circumstances. Read on for tips. - by Kunal Chowdhury on

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It’s no secret that the last several years have been stressful for just about everyone. It’s never been more important to find ways to relax to get through some of the rougher times in the world, but it can be challenging to determine the best ways to make it happen for yourself when it’s difficult to remain cool, calm and collected.

 

Fortunately, there are several things you can do to cultivate a sense of calm in yourself and your environment regardless of the external circumstances. Read on for tips to help you kick back and relax this year.

 

6 Ideas to Help You Relax in 2022

 

1. Get Away

When the stresses of your day-to-day life start to accumulate and become overwhelming, sometimes the only way to truly relax is to create some distance from your daily routine to clear your head. Whether you plan a day trip to explore a nearby city or book tickets for one of many exotic Bermuda cruises later this year, a vacation can help you get some well-deserved space from the pressure of your problems.

 

2. Practice Mindfulness

The process of mindfulness places an emphasis on your awareness and acceptance of the present moment. Mindfulness practices involve focusing on your internal state by simply noticing the thoughts, feelings and sensations you are experiencing and appreciating exactly where you are at any given moment. These practices include deep breathing, meditation, writing and the use of guided imagery to reduce stress and practice kindness and self-compassion no matter what you have going on.

 

 

3. Learn to Say No

Stress and anxiety can quickly pile on the more you add to your to-do list. Take a look at your existing obligations and determine whether you have the time and energy to tackle everything that is on your plate. If you have a full roster, it’s a good idea to decline additional responsibilities or obligations that may come up to avoid approaching burnout. It may be difficult at first to say no, but your health and sanity deserve to be a personal priority. The less you take on, the easier it will be to find balance–and time for yourself to relax.

 

4. Unplug

Social media, work emails, phone notifications and news feeds all offer constant information that seems to demand your attention at any given time. Give yourself a break from the nonstop inputs and put your cell phone away once in a while. In your screen-free time, find ways to decompress and let your mind rest by engaging in an activity that requires a different, more relaxed kind of attention, such as taking a walk around the block, listening to a soothing playlist or reading a good book.

 

5. Escape to the Natural World

Research has shown that those who get out and explore nature once in a while report lower feelings of stress and increased happiness, creativity and positive wellbeing. Even just an afternoon stroll at the park can have significant benefits, as being out in the fresh air and closer to green foliage has a marked effect on your stress levels.

 

 

Studies have also revealed that the more time you spend in nature, the less likely you are to experience the symptoms of anxiety and depression. Time in nature can also improve your memory and reduce your body’s levels of cortisol, the hormone involved in stress responses.

 

6. Indulge in Your Hobbies

If it seems as though all you do is work or perform household chores, a shift in gears can go a long way in helping your mind and body to relax. Take a break from your responsibilities and make time for some of your passions and hobbies. Your body is a lot less likely to experience a flood of stress hormones when you’re engaged in something that you really want to do rather than something that you have to do.

 

It’s important to carve time even in the busiest of schedules to indulge in your favorite pastimes. Doing so not only gives you a much-needed break from your day-to-day duties, but it can even recharge your energy for when it’s time to get back to your responsibilities.

 




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