Updated: Mar 23
Relaxing the mind
Take slow, deep breaths. Or try other breathing exercises for relaxation.
Soak in a warm bath.
Listen to soothing music.
Practice mindful meditation. The goal of mindful meditation is to focus your attention on things that are happening right now in the present moment. For example, listen to your body. Is your breathing fast, slow, deep, or shallow? Do you hear noises, such as traffic, or do you hear only silence? The idea is just to note what is happening without trying to change it.
Write. Some people feel more relaxed after they write about their feelings. One way is to keep a journal.
Use guided imagery. With guided imagery, you imagine yourself in a certain setting that helps you feel calm and relaxed. You can use audiotapes, scripts, or a teacher to guide you through the process.
Relaxing the body
Do yoga. You can get books and videos to do at home or take a yoga class
Try progressive muscle relaxation. This process involves tensing and relaxing each muscle group. Progressive muscle relaxation can reduce anxiety and muscle tension. If you have trouble falling asleep, this method may also help with your sleep problems. When you relax your muscles, your body gets the signal that it is okay to fall asleep.
Take a walk or do some other activity. Making time to do things you enjoy can also help you relax.
Get a massage or have someone give you a back rub.
Have a warm drink that doesn't have alcohol or caffeine in it, such as herbal tea or warm milk.