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Last Updated on January 12, 2021

6 Relaxation Techniques to Calm Your Busy Mind

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6 Relaxation Techniques to Calm Your Busy Mind

Regardless of where or what you work, if you want to calm your mind you must stop doing what you do for a second and invest the time in learning these relaxation techniques.

The mind’s sole purpose is to be busy and effective – thinking efficiently, but mostly the busy mind leads to exhaustion and fatigue and not to efficiency and stamina.

Efficient thinking is to be considered as fundamental for leading a quality life. Since the busy mind is a never-ending rattling machine for producing thoughts of literally any kind, we want to know how to calm that mind to think efficiently and not just think randomly.

The essential thing for that is the proper application of a relaxation technique – the right natural medicine that’ll calm down the rattling mind and give it space for clarity. Without clarity the mind cannot be efficient, it stays uncoordinated, frustrated and powerless.

From Busy to Efficient Mind Through Different Relaxation Techniques

The goal and objective of this project is to deliver a value through series of relaxation techniques that can be implemented right at the spot and provide an immediate effect on the user to relax mentally as well as physically. As a result of that relaxation, the mental efficiency increases.

The idea of this project apart of gaining productivity is gaining the ability to balance emotions and increase self-esteem/self-worth.

If you wonder why you’re missing strength, endurance and why you cannot relax and feel joy in your busy daily life, is because you haven’ t given your mind the possibility to calm, gain clarity and preserve all the qualities that you already possess or try to create.

Here we go with the very simple, very natural and highly effective relaxation techniques to calm your mind. Calming the mind is nothing easy to do, as the mind is constantly busy with thinking, even during the phase of sleeping. The techniques below are of meditative nature and aren’t any less serious than a technique for efficient thinking.[1]

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1. Closed Eyes and Exhalation Relaxation Technique

Your time is valuable and so is mine, therefore I’ll try to be as concise as possible in describing these techniques. There can’t be any easier, simpler relaxation technique with an instant effect than the one where you:

  1. Take a gentle, slow, deep breath;
  2. Close your eyes and exhale;
  3. Open your eyes and inhale;
  4. Close your eyes and exhale.

Practice this for ten breaths, check the calming effect and carry on with the exercise accordingly.

Simple and easy to perform, these relaxation techniques are the fastest way to calm your busy, rattling mind. Follow your inhalation with open eyes symbolizes facing the reality you’re in, whereas closing your eyes and exhaling, you enter within your own world in which no one else can disturb your peace and calmness. Here are some tips on how to make your mind calm: 11 Ways to Make Your Mind Calm and Peaceful.

For the advanced who is familiar with breath work and mediation, this relaxation technique has an immediate effect and is highly efficient. If you say that this relaxation technique doesn’t work for you that means that your busy mind is just too busy and not that easy to be calmed. Hence, the calming would require going a step further into a deeper relaxation technique.

2. Closed Eyes, Covered Ears with Breathing Relaxation Technique

This relaxation techniques requires more involvement than the first one. You use you’re palms to cover your ears, preventing the disturbance of external sounds. So, regardless of wherever you are and how busy your mind is, just stop doing anything, sit if possible and:

  1. Take a gentle, slow, deep breath;
  2. Close your eyes and cover your ears with your palms;
  3. Listen to the sound within your head when your ears are covered;
  4. Focus on gentle, slow and deep breathing.

Practice this for ten breaths, check the calming effect and carry on with the exercise accordingly.

Having your ears covered, this relaxation technique takes you to your own inner world where no outside sounds or images can disturb you. Its Immediate isolation from the outside world has instant effect of silence, calmness and relaxation.[2]

If you think that this exercise still cannot calm your busy mind, then, once again you go a step deeper, adding a new element in the next relaxation techniques.

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3. Closed Eyes and Ears with Breathing and Humming (Exhalation) Relaxation Technique

In this relaxation techniques you now use your own voice and eliminate any external sound that might disturb you – creating your own inner sound, an inner vibration which adds to your calmness and inner harmony:

  1. Take a gentle, slow, deep breath;
  2. Close your eyes and cover your ears with your palms;
  3. On exhalation, start humming in a way that the sound comes from beneath your throat;
  4. Focus on loving, slow and deep exhalation;
  5. Inhale in your own way that makes you comfortable;
  6. Exhale, humming with an intensity that makes you feel calm and relaxed.

Practice this for ten breaths, check the calming effect and carry on with the exercise accordingly.

These relaxation techniques has not only a calming effect on the brain, but also sends vibrations that sooth your whole body, reaching the deep tissue and the cells. It has a healing effect on all bodily systems (especially the nervous system) when done continuously and permanently.

4. Closed Eyes and Ears, Breathing and Humming (Exhalation) & Deep Inhalation Relaxation Technique

With these relaxation techniques, you can not only relax and calm your busy brain but also start recover your wasted energy. It is also an energy booster technique at the same time. After calming yourself through the humming of exhalation, you now gather new energy through a deep inhalation.

  1. Take a gentle, slow, deep breath;
  2. Close your eyes and cover your ears with your palms;
  3. On exhalation, start humming in a way that the sound comes from beneath your throat;
  4. Focus on loving, slow and deep exhalation
  5. Inhale sharply so the air streams through your teeth (this creates a cooling effect);
  6. Exhale, humming with an intensity that makes you feel calm and comfortable.

Practice this for ten breaths, check the calming effect and carry on with the exercise accordingly.

You can use the value of these relaxation techniques to soothe, vitalize and stimulate your nervous system. The exhalation with the humming will calm your busy mind and relax your body, whereas the sharp, deep inhalation will vitalize your brain and add an extra portion of oxygen that will elevate you. This way you can stimulate your mood and your emotions. Find more ways on how to boost your mental energy levels in this article: 15 Ways to Boost Mental Energy Levels.

5. Calm Mind and Calm Body Relaxation Technique

Consequently, in this relaxation technique you apply physical movement and make the exercise more effective. Apply the breathing rhythm you’ve already adopted from the above techniques and:

  1. Sit or stand with your spine upright;
  2. Close your eyes and put your fists on the back of your pelvis (like pushing your pelvis forward);
  3. Gently and lovingly, inhale deeply (put a smile on your face – this action should make fun), open your chest as much as you can;
  4. While you exhale, keep pressing your fists against your back as it fits you, feeling a light muscle contraction;
  5. Inhale sharply, so the air streams through your teeth (this creates a refreshing and reviving effect);
  6. Exhale, through your mouth or nose – whichever way you feel more comfortable, feeling the relief and the relaxation throughout your whole body. Realize the calmness within you.

Practice this for ten breaths, check the calming effect and carry on with the exercise accordingly.

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Applying physical energy in this relaxation techniques, you’ll not only calm your mind but also work on your body’s physiology, creating physical fitness. This technique is very effective as it engages both, your mind and your body to focus on mental and physical activity. You can combine this technique with any other body movement that fits your body anatomy the best.

The most important thing is creating a rhythm between breath and body movement, mentioned in one of my previous posts about yoga postures.[3]

If all the above techniques still cannot calm your mind, there is another great relaxation technique that involves active physical movement and has a great value to mental and physical health.

6. Walk, Talk and Breathing Relaxation Technique

In the case where your mind is super busy and heated up, you do the following sequence of mental and physical movements that’ll cool you down and calm your mind:

  1. Stop any disturbing and unfavorable activity that brought you to this point;
  2. Start walking and concentrate on walking only, focusing on each of your step;
  3. Balance your walking rhythm with you breathing – this will initiate the calming process and give you the time and space for a constructive thinking;
  4. As you walk and breathe, start to delegate your mind with thoughts that’ll empower you;
  5. Inhale deeply by saying these three short statements “I can do this, I can face this challenge, I can deal with this situation”;
  6. Exhale extensively and feel the calming effect of your walking activity. Feel the fine energy of calmness beginning to arise after a short distance of walking.

Practice this for at least 5-10 minutes. Just walk and don’t stop. Even if its in a room, open a window to get a fresh air and just walk around the room. Perform these six steps continuously and you will get the effect of relaxation and calmness within yourself. Your eagerness in doing this seriously, will calm your mind and give you the capacity to start anew, improve your stamina, peacefulness and relaxation.

Be perceptive of how quickly these relaxation techniques calms your mind. During this short period of time you can re-structure your mindset and improve your behavior and the approach to all your future challenges and conflicts.

The Approach to Relaxation Techniques

Regardless of our mental content, we all need the knowledge to manage our emotions, feelings and thoughts efficiently, especially in a professional environment where emotional labor is required.[4] We want to be creative, productive and successful. Our mind’s purpose is to be efficient and able to find a solution for any kind of problem.

Yet there is this one thing that makes the calming of our minds to be a problem:

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Processing dynamic flow of superficial (unessential) information.

This mental process creates useless feelings and emotional dissonance, like the information circulating on social media, countless emails of subjective content, etc.

Processing large amount of information in a very short time span, we cannot identify what feelings and emotions arise as a result, not mentioning working with those in order to feel the message sent to reach our hearts. Hence, we ignore the vital signs that our body is communicating and fail to recognize the need for relaxation techniques.

Read this article about 25 Signs You are Already Successful and You’re Simply Unaware to learn more about whether or not you need to do more of these relaxation techniques.

Final Thoughts

Begin to apply these relaxation techniques in any situation in your daily life. You breathe, talk and walk during your waking state anyway, so approach these techniques in a subtle and organic way and embrace them not like something new to you, but as something that is a intrinsic part of yourself, only you have forgotten about it.

Integrate them to your lifestyle, make them your routine, your habit. The components of these relaxation techniques are the fundamentals of life, use their value and enjoy their benefits constantly. Then your mind will be busy in a creative and constructive way, producing freshness and efficiency. I salute the spirit in you!

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Does Anxiety Make You Tired And Why?

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Does Anxiety Make You Tired And Why?

When you think of anxiety, several scenarios may come to mind: the endless tossing and turning of a restless night, dread over potential future events, pandemic-related overwhelm, or full-blown panic attacks. Even if you’re not diagnosed with an anxiety disorder, you’ve likely experienced anxiety symptoms at some point in your life. In these situations, you might feel a queasiness in your stomach, racing heartbeat, excessive sweating, chest tightness, some tension in your jaw/neck/shoulders, or worrisome thoughts as you prepare for the worst possible scenario. But does anxiety also make you tired?

After experiencing these symptoms, you may indeed feel fatigued. The sensation could fall anywhere on the exhaustion spectrum, from feeling like you just ran a marathon and need to sleep for two days, to just a little worn down and wanting a quick nap to recover.

Below are 7 ways anxiety zaps your energy and how to restore it.

1. Stress Hormone Overload

Anxiety can make you tired via overloading your body with stress hormones. The “fight or flight” response is a key connection between anxiety and fatigue. In fact, this process is made up of three stages: Alarm, Resistance, and Exhaustion. Anxiety triggers our body systems to go into high alert. This is a natural, involuntary reaction that developed in the human brain for survival.

When humans lived with the real, imminent threat of being attacked by a predator, it made sense for our bodies to spring into action without much preparatory thought. Such dangers are rare in modern times, but our brains continue to respond in the same way they did thousands of years ago.

The hormones and chemicals that flood our bodies to prepare us for safety can both affect and be affected by several body systems, and this interaction itself contributes to exhaustion. Adrenaline and cortisol are the two most notable hormones to address here. First, adrenaline is sent out, tensing the muscles and increasing heart rate and blood pressure in preparation to run. Later in the stress response, cortisol is released, enhancing the brain’s use of glucose. This is one of our main fuel sources, so it’s no wonder this contributes to fatigue (see #2).

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You can regulate baseline levels of these stress hormones by regularly practicing yoga, breathwork, meditation, and/or engaging in aerobic exercise.[1] It’s easier to lean into these routines for relief during stress when you’ve already mastered using them during times when you feel calm.

2. Elevated Blood Sugar Levels

Fatigue is one of the most common symptoms of hyperglycemia (high blood sugar), which is shown to be associated with anxiety in diabetic patients.[2] Many people who experience hyperglycemia report feeling tired all the time regardless of their quantity or quality of sleep, nutrition, or exercise.

Although this connection has shown more prevalent and prolonged effects in diabetics, it also occurs with nondiabetics exposed to psychiatric stress.[3] In fact, for all people, the natural stress response elevates blood pressure and heart rate as well as cortisol levels, all of which increase blood sugar levels.[4] This means that anxiety causes a double-hit of exhaustion related to blood sugar fluctuations.

Instead of reaching for comfort foods like chocolate during times of stress, take a calming walk around the block. Gentle movement alone is a great stress reliever that incidentally also helps to regulate blood sugars.[5]

3. Negative Mindset

Anxiety can also make you tired because of repetitive negative thinking (RNT), which is a common symptom of anxiety. RNT involves continuous thoughts via rumination (dwelling on sad or dark thoughts focused on the past) and worry (angst regarding the future). Some researchers argue that having a longtime habit of RNT can harm the brain’s capacity to think, reason, and form memories.[6] While the brain is busy using its energy stores to fuel negative thought patterns, the energy available for these other more productive endeavors is thereby reduced.

Negative thoughts can also disrupt or prevent healthy sleep patterns, keeping our minds racing at night and effectively wreaking havoc on daytime energy. (See #7)

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Reduce these patterns by reframing your feelings over anxious thoughts. Instead of staying stuck on “what if,” focus on what you can do in the here and now. What activity can you engage in for five minutes (or more) that brings you joy? What are you grateful for, no matter what’s going on around you?

4. Digestive Issues

It’s common for people to experience both intestinal and mental issues simultaneously. This suggests a strong connection between the central nervous system and the gastrointestinal (GI) tract, which is known as the gut-brain axis.[7] Simply put, what happens in our digestive tract (and as a result of what we eat) affects the brain and vice versa.

The gut microbiota is a complex population of GI tract microorganisms. When its balance is altered, the body can develop conditions that affect the gut-brain-endocrine relationship. The endocrine system produces and manages adrenaline, for starters. And the gut bacteria’s production of feel-good hormones (serotonin and dopamine—see #5) ties into this relationship as well.

GABA (gamma-aminobutyric acid) receptors are also found in gut bacteria. GABA is a natural brain relaxant that makes us feel good by helping the body to unwind after a stress-induced neurotransmitter release (e.g., cortisol and adrenaline). When GABA activity is low, it leads to anxiety, depression, insomnia, and mood disorders. These are just a few of the manifestations that demonstrate how gut bacteria influences behavior. All of these contribute to feeling both physically and mentally tired.

You can minimize the symptoms of depression and anxiety by keeping your gut microbiota balanced with probiotic-rich fermented foods. Yogurt with live cultures, sauerkraut, kombucha, kefir, kimchi, miso soup, and tempeh are great foods to include in your diet.[8]

5. Depression

Anxiety and depression often go hand in hand. Research continues to indicate a complex relationship between depression and decreased serotonin—a key neurotransmitter for regulating mood and feelings of wellbeing and happiness. Anxiety is also a direct symptom of serotonin deficiency. Serotonin helps with healthy sleep, mood, and digestion.

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Serotonin is produced in the gut, almost exclusively, at an estimated 90 percent. However, a small quantity is also produced in the hypothalamus, an area of the brain that is pivotal for transmitting energy balance signals. This small cone-shaped structure receives and relays signals transmitted via the vagus nerve from the gastrointestinal tract. It has a central role in mediating stress responses, regulating sleep, and establishing circadian rhythms. It senses and responds to a myriad of circulating hormones and nutrients, directly affecting our mood and energy.[9]

Dopamine is another mood-boosting neurochemical that is depleted in depression. It creates feelings of alertness and wakefulness and, when the body is operating normally, is released in higher amounts in the morning (allowing for daytime energy) and lower at night (preparing for healthy sleep). Stress is one factor that can deplete dopamine, thereby leading to depression, sleep disorders, and fatigue.

Studies show that dopamine levels in the brain can be elevated by increasing dietary intake of tyrosine and phenylalanine.[10] Both of these amino acids are naturally found in protein-rich foods like turkey, beef, eggs, dairy, soy, peas, lentils, and beans.

6. Breathing Problems

Breathlessness and anxiety are closely linked, and this is one of the ways anxiety can make you feel tired. Anxiety can lead to shallow breathing, which can cause shortness of breath while feeling breathless can exacerbate anxiety.[11] It’s a vicious cycle that often leads people to take rapid and shallow breaths, breathing into their upper chest and shoulders.

This type of breathing minimizes oxygen intake and usability. Despite comprising only two percent of the body, our brains consume 20 percent of the body’s oxygen supply. Oxygen is fuel for both mental and physical tasks. When breathing patterns compromise healthy oxygen levels, this can cause considerable fatigue.[12]

End the anxiety-fatigue cycle with focused breathing exercises. It’s important to practice this regularly while you’re not experiencing anxiety or stress, as this will help you to be prepared should a moment of breathless anxiety hit unexpectedly.

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There are several different styles of breathing exercises. There’s an easy one to try, called “Resonant Breathing.” Simply breathe in slowly through your nose as you count to five, then exhale for a count of five. Repeat this for a few minutes. It’s helpful to bring your awareness to any tension, deliberately relaxing your neck, shoulders, and jaw in particular.

7. Sleep Issues

Most of the elements we’ve already discussed inherently tie into sleep issues, which is often the reason why anxiety can make you feel tired. But it’s important to note that this is not always a directly linear cause-and-effect process. Much of it is cyclic. If we don’t get enough quality sleep, we increase our risk of excessive cortisol production, elevated blood pressure and blood sugar levels, depressed mood and mindset disorders, and dysregulation of appetite/craving hormones that affect our digestive health.

Sleep is obviously the number one antidote to feeling tired as a result of anxiety. But at the same time, many of these elements—including anxiety itself—lead to less-than-restorative sleep. We can improve our energy levels by addressing each element discussed here, as well as taking a proactive approach to our sleep health.

One simple habit to help recalibrate your circadian rhythm for healthy sleep patterns is to get outside in the morning. Sunlight exposure in the early hours of the day regulates melatonin production, helping us to feel sleepy at night.

You Don’t Have to Live Your Life Anxious and Exhausted

Times of extreme stress, like driving in heavy traffic or nerve-wracking situations like public speaking, can easily induce an anxiety response. Even “normal” everyday stressors, like feeling overwhelmed with work and home responsibilities, can build up to anxious feelings over time.

Our bodies’ response to stress and anxiety affects many of its functions in complex ways. When we unravel the interconnections of these processes, we can see how each part plays an intrinsic role in contributing to fatigue. By addressing each element individually, we can make simple lifestyle changes that resolve anxiety and diminish the ways it makes us tired as a result.

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