23 Ways to Relax Your Mind When Stressed
Do you ever feel like your mind is running at a thousand thoughts per second and you just can’t keep up? It’s a frustrating feeling, but luckily, there are lots of ways to slow down an anxious and stressed out mind – here are 23 ways to relax your mind when stressed:
#1. Meditation stills the mind
According to the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health, meditation can be used for increasing calmness and physical relaxation, improving psychological balance, and can even physically alter your brain in a positive way when practiced over time.
#2. Exercise releases endorphins
Exercise can help your mind cope with stress and help you remain calm under pressure by releasing endorphins. A research study on 60 unfit college students, showed that those who got regular aerobic exercise responded better to acute stress than those who didn’t exercise.
#3. Music reduces cortisol
It’s not surprising that music can calm your nerves during stressful times. Multiple research studies have shown that listening to music when under stress can reduce production of cortisol, a stress hormone.
#4. Aromatherapy lowers stress response
Aromatherapy has a long history, dating back to the ancient Greeks, Egyptians, and Chinese. In more modern times, studies have been conducted to test out this age-old practice, indicating that aromatherapy can, in fact, lower your stress response. Lavender, bergamot, frankincense, and lemon are all used for their calming scents and would be a good bet when starting your aromatherapy practice.
#5. Magnesium eases anxiety and PMS
A recent study from the University of Leeds showed that magnesium supplementation helped ease anxiety in people with mild anxiety disorders and women with pre-menstrual syndrome related anxiety.
#6. Enjoy fresh air and green spaces
It’s easy to feel anxious and uneasy when you’re stuck in an office all day or sick and can’t leave the house. Getting outside and being in nature has the opposite effect. Multiple research studies have shown that having access to parks, walking outside, and even planting trees can calm your mind and reduce anxiety and depression.
#7. Cuddle up with a furry friend
Anyone who has had a pet before can tell you how nice it is to have a pet around when you’re feeling stressed. In fact, a study was conducted on older people suffering from mental illness that were given therapy that involved playing with dogs and nine out of ten of the participants reported feeling a calming effect after their dog therapy sessions. Researchers think this is due to a reduction in adrenal and corticosteroid hormones.
#8. Weighted blankets act like hugs
While there hasn’t been a ton of research on these blankets yet, there is some theory behind the idea and they are selling well in stores. According to experts at Harvard, a weighted blanket acts on your nervous system in the same way as a hug might, and thus has a calming effect to relax your mind when stressed.
#9. Write out your feelings
According to experts at the University of Rochester Medical Center, regular writing your feelings in a journal is a great way to better understand your own feelings and reduce stress and anxiety. Writing down your thoughts can help you better identify what’s wrong and then find a way to fix it.
#10. Yoga calms the body
There are several specific yoga poses that are meant to relax your mind and body by calming your sympathetic nervous system. According to research, yoga can actually reduce the inflammation caused by chronic stress.
#11. Take a warm bath
Baths have a long string of calming benefits, including increased blood flow, muscle relaxation, release of endorphins, and even elimination of metabolic waste. Overall; these changes help eliminate tension and relax your mind when stressed.
#12. Try doing nothing for a short period
While being idle all of the time can be just as unhealthy as being busy all of the time, taking time to rest and let go is essential for a healthy mind and great for reducing burnout and stress.
#13. Massages release “feel good” chemicals in the brain
The purpose of getting a massage is to loosen up and relax your muscles, but it can also help relax your busy mind. Getting a massage can increase your levels of dopamine and serotonin, which help to regulate your mood, while also reducing your levels of cortisol, the dreaded stress hormone.
#14. Visualization is a new trend
Imagine you’re walking barefoot on a sunny beach, your toes sink into the warm sand as you listen to the waves crash against the shore. This is guided visualization. According to experts at the Academy for Guided Imagery, it is becoming a popular and highly effective way to calm your mind, reduce anxiety and depression, and even prepare for surgery.
#15. Find a new hobby, it’s relaxing!
Focusing on a hobby that you enjoy can be a great way to forget about your worries and relax your mind. Research shows that the more time spent doing recreational activities, the better people report their mental well-being to be. And of course, if you are mentally satisfied, you are going to have a much more relaxed state of mind.
#16. Take some deep breathes
According to experts at University of Michigan, when you slow down your breathing intentionally, it sends a signal to your brain to relax, which then sends a signal to your body to slow down your heart rate and blood pressure, creating an overall body and mind relaxation effect.
#17. Restructure your thinking
Cognitive restructuring is type of therapy focused on eliminating negative thinking to reduce anxiety and depression. While you might have to go to a therapist to achieve the full results of restructuring therapy, the general concept is to replace automatic negative thoughts like “I’m stupid” with more logical and positive thoughts. This has a calming effect and reduces anxiety associated with negative thinking.
#18. Start incorporating tea into your routine
Anyone who has a taste for herbal tea knows that it can be a soothing practice to sit down with a cup of hot tea. There has been a lot of research on these calming drinks. Studies have been conducted on teas like chamomile, peppermint, and lemon balm, scientifically proving their relaxing benefits and even their potential use in treatment of generalized anxiety disorder.
#19. Read a book of your interests
Non-required reading, like a good fiction book as opposed to a business proposal for work, can significantly reduce your stress levels and calm your mind by taking you away from your everyday worries to an exciting or more interesting world. Experts from the University of Sussex say that reading can reduce your stress levels up to 68%, and it works better and faster than most relaxation methods.
#20. Turn your phone OFF
Social media is a great way to connect you to your friends and family, but social media addiction is a real issue these days. Try experimenting with 3 days without social media to see if you feel a difference in your mental state.
#21. Talk to someone
Whether it’s a counselor, your best friend or a family member; talking is healthy. Some people report feelings of healing from talking to a mental health professional.
#22. Avoiding alcohol could be therapeutic
Alcohol is effective for a short moment, but once it wears off the consequences could be worse. This is because Alcohol disrupts neurotransmitters in the brain, making anxiety worse.
#23. Rebalance with a Hemp Extract
Hemp Extracts contain naturally-occurring CBD that stimulates the human and canine Endocannabinoid System. By activating CB1 and CB2 receptors, these natural products can be a natural way to relax your mind when stressed. Greenlife Organics offers Hemp Extract Oils and Hemp Extract Capsules to help you find your balance, the natural way. I recommend starting with a Full Spectrum Hemp Extract.
Reducing stress and calming your mind is essential for your health and you’ll thank yourself later for making time for these calming activities.
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