Real Tips for Relaxation That Really Work

"We don't need to be taught how to breathe and we don't even need to consciously think about it in order for it to happen, however, if we do focus on our breathing it can have very therapeutic and calming effects".


Take time to think.

Begin by introducing small moments of relaxation into your day. Pause what you are doing, look up from your phone, your computer or your desk and take moments to stop and look around. Admire what you see around you, or who you can see around you. Or close your eyes and listen to the sounds you can hear. Try and listen to the almond silent sounds which may be overpowered by the cars, try to hear sounds you wouldn't naturally acknowledge. Mindfulness techniques like this can get you to feel calmer and more in the moment.

Breathe, Purposely Breathe.

Breathing is something our body does automatically, for very obvious reasons. We don't need to be taught how to breathe and we don't even need to consciously think about it in order for it to happen, however, if we do focus on our breathing it can have very therapeutic and calming effects. Gently breathe in through your nose and out through your mouth, keeping the pace very slow and controlled. Slowly tense and then relax all the muscles in your body, starting at your toes and working up to your head while continuing this conscious breathing pattern. Afterwards just spend some time to be still and focus on how your body feels and whether it now feels different.

Music Madness.

Listening to music can change your mood almost instantly. Your favourite tunes can help you to switch off and relax, or get you pumped and ready to party. Songs can make you mad, they can make you cry, they can make you dance and they can help you to sleep. Music really is incredible, and you could even call it magic especially in the mood spells department. Tracks with a slower tempo are designed with relaxation in mind and would probably be the best choice. Heavy rock or disco music before bed probably isn't a sensible recommendation.

Active Relation. 

Gentle exercise like Yoga, Tai chi, Pilates or a stroll in the fresh air, can give your body and mind time to unwind. Stretching, and balancing is a great way to feel an inner connection with your core and soul.

Find Your 'You' Place. 

Where are you happiest? Where is your happy place? This can be a real place or an imagined place. This can be somewhere you visit a lot like your room, or somewhere you have never been like the moon. Perhaps it's a tropical beach, like the ones on postcards. With tall palm trees, and see through turquoise waters. Is it the local park on a sunny day, where you sometimes go to sit on a bench and read. Where it may be, when you begin to feel anxious or low, close your eyes and imagine you are there. Think of the sounds around you, the smooth sounds of waves, chirping birds, or the soft breeze. Think about the smells that surround you, the smell of sunrise, the smell of the ocean, or fresh grass. Think about the touch of the sand, the feel of the wooden bench or book pages, the springiness of the pillowcases. Then think about how you feel. This can bring you nice memories and help you relax and find your inner calmness whenever and wherever you may be. All you have to do is close your eyes and use your imagination.

Keep Practicing.

Don't worry if relaxing doesn't come naturally to you. If you set aside some time every day, and practice these relaxation tips on a regular basis you will soon get the hang of it. Find a quiet, warm space, outside or inside where you won't be interrupted and start practising these techniques. Remember to keep your mind focused and free from distractions and before you know it - you'll be a relaxation wizard. 

 Photography by: Daniel Brookman

Photography by: Daniel Brookman