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Ways to Relax

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Today I started a new full-time job. I am very grateful for the new opportunity, but it is also very stressful to start a new job. As I was driving home, I found myself feeling overwhelmed, physically, mentally and emotionally. I needed to find a way to relax. It sounds easier than it is. I'm the type of person who is constantly thinking, and to turn my mind off is something that is very hard for me to do. Here are some relaxation techniques I looked up that I hope will help. I wanted to share with you all because no matter what your age, what you're going through, or where you might be, we all have stress and things that wear us down. But it is important to remember that most things are temporary and we are stronger than we believe. We just have to relax, breathe deep and keep going.

Breathe Deeply

Close your eyes, place your hands on your abdomen and just . . . breathe. Focus on a deep breath in and a deep breath out. This can lower your heart rate and reduce your blood pressure, which can help you calm down.

Talk It Out

Don't think you have to deal with everything on your own. Reach out to someone that you feel comfortable talking to. Sometimes it is hard to find the words, but just hearing yourself talk about the things that are making you stressed will help you to release some tension. Some people are better listeners than others, so try to talk to people you know will help you calm down - rather than make you more upset.

Release the Tension

Your body naturally holds onto stress in the form of tension. Find ways that you can release that - take a walk, use a heating pad, or massage with a tennis ball. The physical release of this tension will help you to relax.


Laughter is one of the body's best medicines. Not only does it feel good emotionally to laugh, but it actually helps release endorphins (your body's natural happy hormones). So put on your favorite comedy or call your funny friend and just let it all out.

Count Your Blessings

A little perspective goes a long way. Remember that you have many things to be grateful for. Keep that in mind when you feel everything is falling apart. Life is hard. We all have struggles. But if you can look at your life and find 5 things to be grateful for, it will help you relax and look on the positive side.

I hope you found these tips helpful. It was a good reminder to me. They seem obvious, but when you're in a place where you need to relax, these tips can help you succeed.

Have a great weekend and happy writing!



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