Making sure I set some time aside each week for a little R&R is really important for me, because I live a very busy and active lifestyle. Sometimes I enjoy the simple things like relaxing on the beach with a book, going to a yoga class, or if I really feel like pampering myself, enjoying a nice long massage!
There are many different ways that people like to spend their relaxation time, and what works for one person might not have the same effect on another. If you haven’t found a way of unwinding that really resonates with you just yet, then you might like to consider trying one of these alternative relaxation techniques!
Sensory deprivation - This is something you really have to experience firsthand to understand. How does it work? Well you strip naked, climb into a tank of salty water about 30 cm deep and when the lid closes, the lights go out and there is no sound except your own breathing. Then all you have to do is just float there. Okay, I agree this might not be to everyone’s taste, however the idea is that the loss of sensory input results in the body and mind letting go and becoming so relaxed that even your sense of time seems to melt away.
Acupuncture - Acupuncture has many uses, such as dealing with chronic pain and managing other health complaints. But did you know that it is also used an effective tool in easing anxiety and promoting rest and relaxation? How does it work? Acupuncture involves inserting very fine, sterile needles into specific points over the body. This is intended to release energy blockages and promote good health. Though it sounds painful, it is generally completely pain free and can help release residual muscular tensions, inducing a state of complete relaxation.
Colouring in - Adult colouring in books became all the rage in 2015, and after giving it a go myself, I am not surprised! The simple act of selecting different colours to fill in between the lines has a very therapeutic effect on the mind. It works by stimulating the parts of the brain involved in the senses, creativity and motor skills. As you mentally switch off and begin to colour, the mind settles and the tensions seem to just ease away!
Tai Chi - Tai Chi is an ancient form of self-defence that is still used to help balance the body and promote physical and mental wellbeing. It is also a common practice used as means of relieving stress and relaxing the mind. How does it work? Each practice uses a series of specific, slow, flowing movements with focus and awareness. This means that Tai Chi will not only help you unwind and set aside the stresses and worries of your day, it will also work to keep your body fit and healthy!