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  • Here are 8 relaxation tips to help you look after your well-being when you're stressed, busy or worried.

  • 1. Take a break.

  • Take some time away from your normal routines or thoughts.

  • Read a book or a magazine, even if it's only for a few minutes.

  • Run yourself a bath, watch a film, play with your pet, chop some vegetables and cook a meal.

  • 2. Focus on your breathing.

  • Learning to breathe more deeply can make you feel a lot calmer and increase your sense of well-being.

  • Breathe in through your nose and breathe out through your mouth.

  • Try to keep your shoulders down and relaxed.

  • Place your hand on your stomachit should rise as you breathe in and fall as you breathe out.

  • Try counting as you breathestart by counting to 4 as you breathe in, and 4 as you breathe out, then work out what's comfortable for you.

  • 3. Listen to music.

  • Listen to your favourite songs.

  • Turn it up and dance or sing along, or put your headphones on and close your eyes.

  • Really listen to the music.

  • Can you pick out different instruments?

  • Can you hear a drum beat or a certain rhythm?

  • Let yourself focus on the music, and let other thoughts drift away.

  • 4. Picture yourself in a relaxing place.

  • Think of somewhere relaxing and peaceful.

  • You might choose a memory of somewhere you've been, or a place you've imagined.

  • Close your eyes, and think about the details of this place.

  • What does it look like?

  • What kind of colours and shapes can you see?

  • Can you hear any sounds?

  • Is it warm or cool?

  • Let your mind drift and your body relax.

  • 5. Try active relaxation.

  • Relaxation doesn't have to mean sitting stillgentle exercise can help you relax too.

  • Look for a gentle exercise class in yoga, pilates or gentle stretching.

  • Try taking a gentle walk, going at your own pace.

  • You might choose to go for a longer walk, but even a few minutes of walking can help you feel relaxed.

  • 6. Use a guided relaxation exercise.

  • Guided relaxation or meditation exercises are widely available, and lots of them are free to use.

  • You can search online, look for an app to download or see if your local library has any books or CDs.

  • Have a look for local meditation or relaxation classes- you could try your local Mind, or use an Internet search engine.

  • 7. Get creative.

  • Getting in touch with your artistic side can help you feel more calm and relaxed.

  • Try painting, drawing, making crafts, playing a musical instrument, dancing, baking or sewing.

  • Try not to worry too much about the finished product, and focus on enjoying yourself.

  • 8. Spend time in nature.

  • Spending time outside and in green spaces can be great for your physical and mental well-being.

  • You could take a walk in the countryside or through a local park, taking time to notice trees, flowers, plants and animals you see on the way.

  • Or you could spend some time taking part in conservation, whether that's digging in your own garden or taking part in a local green project.

  • Don't worry if one technique doesn't work for you- try it a few times and, if it doesn't feel effective, move on to a different exercise.

  • Try to let go of your worries and take time to enjoy the exercises.

Here are 8 relaxation tips to help you look after your well-being when you're stressed, busy or worried.

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    Angel Hsu posted on 2019/09/17
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