When we’re stressed or anxious, our automatic response is to tense up. Learn some relaxation techniques and you can use them to help 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.
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 electronic devices for an evening – or even an hour – and see how much difference it can make.
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 technological distractions.
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 even 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. BWC can offer you one month free access to Feel Stress Free, an app that can teach you calm breathing. Go to Feel Stress Free from your mobile device and use the code BANKWORKERSDEMO0916.
TIP: Learn a technique for calming breathing and you’ll be able to do it anywhere.