Relax your mind. 11 great ways to improve relaxation.
“Many things, such as loving, going to sleep, or behaving unaffectedly, are done worst when we try hardest to do them.” C.S. Lewis
It’s Friday night, and you get home late from the office. Even though the weekend stretches out ahead, you are anything but relaxed.
Yet you are aware that you must relax your mind. All you can think about is the workload that you have been struggling with during the week, the irritating issues you have to deal with because they couldn’t be resolved before you left the office, that unfinished report, and the difficult conversation that you are going to have with your boss.
Your shoulders are tense, and you can’t quite get into the right mood to be with your partner and children for a little Friday night family time.
It is time to wind down and calm the mind to the point where you are ready not only to chill out with family and friends, but also to sleep. You really need that recovery time to let both your body and mind recover from the stresses of the week.
An unrelaxed mind is probably the number one reason why we can’t get to sleep. You can’t force yourself into a tranquil state, but you can gently coax your mind to calm down.
There are many wonderful techniques for getting into a more relaxed state. Here are some of them:
- guided meditation
- deep breathing exercises
- brainwave entrainment
- Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP)
- creative visualization
- music and relaxation tapes/CDs
- progressive muscle relaxation (PMR) techniques
- autogenic training
Over the coming weeks, I’ll add links to show you how you can benefit from these techniques.
Feel like you only have a few seconds between pulling in to the drive, and being thrown into the fun of a Friday night at home? You could try this excellent technique from Leo Babauta’s blog, ZenHabits.
Although they are all pretty effective, you may have to experiment a little before you find a technique which works really well for you. Sometimes, different methods work better in different situations. If you can’t get time alone, at least get your partner to give you a neck and shoulder massage or listen to some calming music. Just feel those back muscles relax!