Take it Easy: 4 Super-Simple Relaxation Techniques

Stress is a normal part of life. And though we can’t control it, we can control how we respond to it. Just like physical health, mental health is about the habits we repeat each day. So, when it comes to combatting stress, it’s important to start small! These 4 simple steps will help you build habits you’ll be able to maintain long-term for a healthier, happier you.

1. Sleep

Sleep is vital to mental and physical health – it allows both body and brain to rest and recharge. But according to the CDC, more than a third of Americans don’t get enough sleep. And that can lead to more stress.

Start small by setting an alarm on your phone to hit the hay 7 minutes before you would normally. Continue to slowly adjust the alarm until you’re adding as much sleep as you can into your daily schedule. Even an extra 30 minutes can make a big difference.

2. Smile

You can’t control the circumstances in life that cause stress, but you can control your outlook. A positive mindset can go a long way to improve your mood and reduce stress. Try smiling for a few seconds tomorrow morning when you wake up and put yourself on the path to a great day!

3. Share

Talking with a friend or a loved one about what’s going on in your life is an easy way to lift heavy emotions off your chest.  If you’re not comfortable talking to others, consider writing down your thoughts instead.

4. Shake

When in doubt, shake it out!  It might sound odd, but moving your body is a great way to get rid of stress fast.  Imagine you’re shaking off extra water from a piece of freshly washed lettuce.  You are the lettuce and the water is any stress you’re ready to get rid of. 

Try incorporating just one of these easy habits into your daily life, and you’ll feel happier and healthier.  How are you dealing with stress right now? We’d love to hear your ideas in the comments below!

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