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Friday, November 12, 2010

Five Great Ways to Relax

by Jake Rhodes


 No matter how you live your life it�"'""s guaranteed that you will encounter stresses and strains on a daily basis. In the fast-paced world we all live in it is vital to learn the best ways to relax as well to free up the proper amount of time to practice these methods.

I realise it can be difficult to find spare time which is why I�"'""ve tried to pick out five great ways to relax that are both effective and time efficient. Using all, or even just a few, of these techniques on a regular basis will help you to remain stress-free throughout the day.


It might seem a little new-agey�"' to you but meditation is without doubt one of the best methods of relaxation. There are many great free articles and videos on the internet already explaining how to meditate that you can learn from so I won�"'""t go too heavily into the techniques but I will explain the basic principles.

First you need a space where you will be undisturbed for fifteen minutes or so. The most common posture for meditation is the lotus position however if you find yourself unable to do this you can sit down with your legs out in front of you with your back straight.

The aim of meditation is to clear your mind of all mental chatter. The best way to do this if you are a beginner is to focus entirely on your breathing. Breathe in deeply through your nose and out through your mouth. Pay attention to how the air feels as it flows through your nose to your lungs and then out again.

You don�"'""t have to meditate for long to feel the immense benefits. Even just five or ten minutes of meditation will have a profound effect on how relaxed you feel. The important thing though is to meditate regularly, at least once a day.


Aromatherapy may be the easiest way to relax there is. You can go the whole hog and splash out on enough incense and candles to fill your house but just as good is to have a few bowls of lavender scented potpourri scattered around wherever you spend most of your time. Scientific studies have noted lavender�"'""s calming effects as well as its ability to help with insomnia and depression.


Just seeing the word exercise may have filled your thoughts with images of super-fit men and women slogging their guts out at the gym but exercise really doesn�"'""t have to be like that. A simple walk around the block will get your heart rate going and release endorphins that will make you feel happier and more relaxed. Plus you might even drop a few pounds. What�"'""s not to like about that?


Research has shown that the style of music you listen to has a direct effect on your mood. That�"'""s why it�"'""s a good idea to listen to classical music especially if you�"'""re on your way to, or back, from work. As an added bonus classical music has also been proven to boost your IQ. So not only can it make your workday a lot less stressful but it might just help you earn a promotion too!

Self Hypnosis

Much like meditation, hypnosis helps to clear your head of mental chatter. At the same time though you can also use hypnosis to reprogram your subconscious mind to achieve powerful internal changes. Whether you use this to gain a more optimistic outlook or improve your confidence is up to you.

Self hypnosis is actually easier than ever to perform now. Thanks to the popularity of the internet many hypnotherapists sell MP3 versions of their sessions at low prices that you can simply pop onto your MP3 player and listen to before you go to bed.

If you incorporate the five relaxation tips above into your lifestyle you will start to feel the benefits within in a matter of days. Relaxation is the gift you give yourself, so why not start today?

Jake Rhodes works at both HypnoBusters and Relaxation Haven. HypnoBusters is one of the leading hypnosis resources on the internet. Relaxation Haven is regularly updated with some of the best relaxation tips available.

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