How to learn to relax

When we’re stressed or anxious, our automatic response is to tense up. Learn some relaxation techniques and to help you relax when you need to most.

We all need to relax, to give our body and mind a chance to recharge. Here are four relaxation techniques to try, find the one that’s best for you.

Stretch it out

No matter your fitness level, yoga can help you improve your strength, flexibility and breathing, as well as boosting your physical and mental wellbeing. Plus, by encouraging you to pay attention to your body and your breath, yoga can help you release physical tension and ease your stress and anxiety. Types of yoga range from gentle stretching and breathing, to more strenuous types that’ll work up a sweat. If you want to find a yoga class near you, the NHS has information on how to do this.

Practise mindfulness

Mindfulness is a state of purposeful calm that lets you step back from the swirl of everyday life to find a tranquil space. Practising mindfulness can take a variety of forms, but in its essence, it’s about creating and maintaining awareness of your thoughts, feelings, sensations and your surrounding environment. The NHS has more information on practising mindfulness

TIP: Take a break from your devices for an evening, or even an hour, and see how much difference it can make.

Switch off

Take a break from your devices for an evening, or even an hour, and see how much difference it can make. Turn off your phone, shut down your laptop, and leave your tablet in another room. Then use the time to focus on something relaxing. Take a walk in the countryside or in your local park. Or try getting creative and draw, paint, or practice a musical instrument. See how different you feel without distractions.

Breathe in

Learn a technique for calming breathing and you’ll be able to do it anywhere – before an interview, while you’re waiting for the washing machine to finish, or on the bus. This basic exercise can relax you immediately. But more importantly, if you practice it regularly it’ll help you better cope with stress in your daily life.

TIP: Learn a technique for calming breathing and you’ll be able to do it anywhere.

If you’re considering seeing a complementary or alternative practitioner to help you relax, it’s a good idea to ask about their qualifications, professional registration and code of practice before you start any treatment. The NHS has some information on things to consider before visiting one.

We can offer you one month free access to Feel Stress Free, an app that can teach you calm breathing. Click the button from your mobile device and use the code BANKWORKERSDEMO0916.