Top 7 ways to Relax

Stress… oh, this is the number one cause of many diseases. It can be a stress in the muscles after hard work or it can be an emotional stress, wich can be subtile but very annoying. Both can create serious muscle and nevous imbalances if you don’t release the tension and learn to relax from time to time.

Here are top 7 relaxing solutions:

1. Get a Massage

The massage is definetely the easiest way to relax. Certified massage therapists can work your muscles and relieve tightness in muscle fibers you can’t relax with regular stretching. While you’re getting the massage, focus on deep breathing, and be sure to drink lots of water afterward to help flush the toxins that were released from your muscles.

2. Do Yoga

Yoga is the ancient balance science and its benefits are felt from so many people who practice it. A tensed muscle becomes a stiff muscle, so a yoga pose will gentle but proper stretch and relax the muscles and nerves and is essential for your body and mind.

The yoga pose called “cobra” is a great one to relieve back tension – but please learn how to do the cobra so you don’t hurt yourself!

Never push a yoga posture to the point of pain, and never bounce. Just relax into it, breathing into the stretch until you feel a release in the muscle (for few minutes) and then going deeper. Stop when it hurts. Yoga should feel good!

Mostly after a workout or even if you’ve done nothing but sit all day, a yoga session will feel amazing! Get the kinks out by stretching every day.

3. Meditation

Meditation is one of the most helpful way to relieve stress and relax muscles and your mind!

You can meditate just before you go to bed to ensure that your body is completely relaxed before sleeping; or first thing in the morning to approach the day with a positive attitude that will help prevent stress in the first place.

This is the one relaxation technique that is best done every day.

And it doesn’t take long! Just 15-30 minutes will have you so relaxed that the world has melted away… at least while you’re meditating. Just sit comfortably, close your eyes and you can get into a relaxing soundtrack, repeat mantras, just focus on breathing (the inhale and exhale movement), live in the present moment and simply do nothing at all.

Deep breathing comes naturally as part of a meditation practice, but you can use deep breathing anytime to relax your muscles. Any of these will create a meditative state in your brain very quickly with no thoughts. That is a bliss.

4. Warm up

Saunas, hot baths, hot showers, hot tubs and steam rooms warm your core temperature. The heat increase circulation and relax you both physically and mentally. You can stretch, too, while enjoying deep, penetrating heat. One commonly overlooked relaxation technique is to drink plenty of water after any kind of hot therapy, to replenish water lost due to sweating.

5. Rest

For many sounds foolish but they are so many people out there who forgot to slow down and rest…

As much as muscles need to be worked, they also need rest in the form of good sleep and meditation. But avoid vegging on the couch for more than a day. Your muscles will actually relax if you take some “moving workouts” like a gentle stroll, leisurely swim or bike ride, or hatha yoga.

6. Use acupuncture or acupressure

There are many, many pressure points in the body, each corresponding to a certain muscle or muscle group. A trained acupuncturist can relieve tension in muscles quickly and painlessly.

7. Take a mineral supplement rich in magnesium!

This essential mineral aids in relaxation, nerve signaling and muscle contraction. Eat spinach, almonds and other nuts, squash and fish to ensure you’re getting enough magnesium.