Tuesday, January 6, 2009

7 Ways to Chill Out and Relax

1. At least once during the day, take five or ten minutes to sit quietly and do nothing. Focus on the sounds around you, your emotions and any tension in your neck, shoulders, arms, chest, etc.

2. Keep something handy that makes you laugh. It could be a collection of your favourite comic strip or a funny voice mail from a friend.

3. When you face a daunting task, play soothing music – be it classical, country or jazz. At work, you can use the CD drive on your computer to keep the music at the ready.

4. Focus on someone or something you care deeply about for anywhere from 15 seconds to five minutes. Or picture a scene from a peaceful vacation or a phrase that make you feel positive about yourself.

5. Get up from your desk or wherever you may be and take a ten-minute walk.

6. For five minutes, slow your breathing down to about six deep-belly breaths a minute. In other words, inhale for about five seconds, exhale for about five.

7. Right before bed, and after the alarm goes off in the morning, take five minutes to relax your entire body. Start by tensing your toes, then consciously relax them. Move on to the muscles in your feet, and then your calves, upper legs, buttocks, moving upwards until you end by scrunching up and relaxing the muscles in your face.

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