Take a Moment for Yourself, and Relax

Have you ever done relaxation exercises?  Do you wonder how they could help?  Using relaxation every day can help manage anxiety, depression, stress, and so many other things.  If you need ideas, there are lots of ideas across the internet, so do some research and find some options that work for you.  Spending even as little as 5 minutes a day can help you focus better, feel better, and improve your ability to manage life, as hard as it might be.

So many things are stressful these days, from work to raising kids to trying to have a hobby.  It’s really more important than ever to take some time to relax and clear your mind.  Now if you have visions of sitting like a pretzel on the floor, with your eyes closed, humming and chanting, let that go and let’s talk about relaxation in whatever way works for you.   Relaxation exercises can be done in the car, with your eyes open, at a traffic light.  They can be done in your living room, or even lying in bed before you go to sleep.  They idea is just to be in a comfortable place, any time you have a moment to breath.

Start by breathing.  Take a deep breath, close your eyes if you feel comfortable and just focus on breathing.  Pay attention to where you are breathing.  Is your chest rising, or is your stomach moving?  Are you breathing deeply, or is it shallow?  Do you feel stable where you are sitting, or does it feel like you are going to fall?  Stay focused and aware of your body.  Check your body for tension.  Release any tension you can feel from your toes to the top of your head.

Now, if it’s comfortable for you, picture yourself in a place that is relaxing for you.  You could be walking on your favorite beach, or walking through the forest.  You could be in the desert, or watching it snow.  Some people can really relax with guided imagery.  Some people struggle because somehow they end up in a place of trauma.  Be careful of guided imagery if you have trauma issues.  Being in a place of trauma will likely not help with relaxation.

As you continue to enjoy your relaxing place, keep focused on your breathing.  Become aware of the temperature of your breath.  Is it warm, is it cool? Does is change as you breath in and out?  Take deep breaths and use a count of 10 to inhale.  Hold for a moment and count to 10 as you exhale.   Exhale completely, and take another breath.   Take a moment and when you are ready, open your eyes and return to productivity.

If you have time, do the breathing and go to your safe place.  If you only have a moment, just breathe.  Pay attention to your breath and take deep breaths.  When you are stopped at a traffic light, just take a breath and focus for a moment.  Relaxation is important, and a tool for your toolbox, as you work on positive changes in your life.  It’s even more important when you are trying to be happy for life.