In the turbulent times we live in it can be hard to find time to unwind and achieve true peace and relaxation. Although we all crave those moments of serenity, sometimes they can be few and far between. However, with a small amount of planning, a smattering of self care, and a willingness to try new things you can create daily ‘relaxation rituals’ that will serve you for years to come!
One of the easiest (and cheapest) ways to relax both your body and mind is to spend time in nature. Whether you go for a challenging mountain hike, or simply spend a few minutes admiring a lovely flower garden, nature has been proven to be a universal panacea for stress, anger, and fear. Spending time in nature has been proven to not only improve your overall emotional state, but your physical one as well. This exposure to the beauty and serenity of the natural world has been shown to reduce blood pressure, heart rates, muscle tension, and even slow the production of stress hormones.
Progressive Muscle Relaxation
When we are stressed or anxious our bodies internalize this tension which can lead to muscle strain, pain, and even sleep issues. Progressive Muscle Relaxation (PMR) is a simple technique that can aid in reducing anxiety and muscle tension. During PMR you systematically work through your muscle groups in a specific order, tensing as you breathe in and relaxing as you breathe out.
Many people find great peace and relaxation through the external processing of their emotions through writing. Free writing or journaling is not only a creative way to relax and relieve stress, but can also decrease anxiety and increase confidence. Research has shown that expressive writing, such as journaling is an effective and healing way to combat stress and reduce depressive feelings. Writer’s block got you in a bind? Why not begin your writing journey with a simple gratitude list! By cultivating a gratitude practice you will automatically feel more at peace and in tune with yourself.
CBD for Relaxation
For many people suffering from stress and anxiety, achieving relaxation and peace is an elusive goal. If you suffer from a mental health condition such as anxiety, depression, or even PTSD CBD might be able to help. Whether vaped, ingested as a gummy, or mixed into your nightly tea CBD, also known as Cannabidiol is a non psychoactive part of the cannabis plant which interacts with your endocannabinoid system and has an ability to target serotonin receptors. Studies have shown that consistent use of CBD is a safe and healthy way to reduce anxiety, improve sleep, and achieve overall deeper relaxation.