3 Wonderful Ways to Relax

3 Wonderful Ways to Relax

Living a city life in the hustle and bustle causes tension inside almost everybody’s heart. Pressure from work, school, family, friends, and from too many things that you could hardly name them all out. Are you stressed out and feeling like you could explode any minute? Take a look at these 3 handy ways to relax which can hopefully alleviate your pressure.

The Magic of a Hot Water Tub

Imagine immersing yourself in a tub full of hot water and feeling the heat of the warm water in your bathroom or on your balcony under the sun. What’s better than that on a cold winter night, or even just on a summer afternoon?


A hot bath improves both your physical and emotion health. Physically speaking, a hot bath can regulate your blood flow and pressure; studies have also shown that a drop of temperature helps one to sleep better, so in other words, after soaking in a hot tub, you’ll get into good sleep more easily. Right, time to say goodbye to insomnia!

The magic works not only on your body, but on your mind too. While being in a hot bath, no one can disturb you and you can finally cease your mind under the peaceful atmosphere and enjoy your own private moment. It’s your private time—you can do whatever makes you pressure-free, so sit back and do a bit of reading, sing a song while bathing, or simply rest yourself completely.


The Peace Pillow

Lay your head on a soft pillow and let loose of your body. This is the best way to relax your neck, shoulders, and head from the busy daily works. Even though you don’t have enough time to take a deep sleep, a tiny little laying down of your head on a pillow can help you relax a bit.

Do you have an eye mask? Take it out! Don’t waste it for playing only hide and seek! Close your eyes and put the eye pillow over them, and simply lay yourself down on the sofa or floor at your home or on the grass of your backyard. Then, just breathe and enjoy the absolute darkness. Calmly breathe in the fresh air and feel the serenity with your ears. This is the moment to relax yourself and let go of all the chaotic thoughts.


The Breathing Out of Tension

One last way that requires no gadgets to rest yourself is to breathe naturally. Take a deep breath and slowly breathe out the tension and anxiety. Breathe in and out gently—there’s no need to hurry yourself in breathing.

When you breathe in the air, make sure your lungs are completely filled, then breathe out all the air. Continue breathing in and out again in the same way and do this as long as you are comfortable with doing. You can do this breathing practice whenever you like; just choose the time which you feel most comfy with, be it early in the morning when you just woke up, in the middle of the day during your lunch break, or at night before you go to sleep. Make this breathing practice a habit of yours and you’ll find yourself less tense as you lead your daily life. Do try this “breathing out of tension” especially when you’re under great pressure, it’ll work!


The above tips are 3 easy ways to make you feel relaxed and comfortable when you feel stressful and nervous. Next time, when you have the feeling of losing your patience and exploding at any moment, do try to take a breath, take a hot bath, and have your pillow ready.

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How to Stay Calm and Cool When You Are Extremely Stressful

How to Stay Calm and Cool When You Are Extremely Stressful

Being in a hurry all the time drains your energy. Your work and routine life make you feel overwhelmed. Getting caught up in things beyond your control stresses you out…

If you’d like to stay calm and cool in stressful situations, put the following 8 steps into practice:

1. Breathe

The next time you’re faced with a stressful situation that makes you want to hurry, stop what you’re doing for one minute and perform the following steps:

  • Take five deep breaths in and out (your belly should come forward with each inhale).
  • Imagine all that stress leaving your body with each exhale.
  • Smile. Fake it if you have to. It’s pretty hard to stay grumpy with a goofy grin on your face.

Feel free to repeat the above steps every few hours at work or home if you need to.

2. Loosen up

After your breathing session, perform a quick body scan to identify any areas that are tight or tense. Clenched jaw? Rounded shoulders? Anything else that isn’t at ease?

Gently touch or massage any of your body parts that are under tension to encourage total relaxation. It might help to imagine you’re in a place that calms you: a beach, hot tub, or nature trail, for example.


3. Chew slowly

Slow down at the dinner table if you want to learn to be patient and lose weight. Shoveling your food down as fast as you can is a surefire way to eat more than you need to (and find yourself with a bellyache).

Be a mindful eater who pays attention to the taste, texture, and aroma of every dish. Chew slowly while you try to guess all of the ingredients that were used to prepare your dish.

Chewing slowly will also reduce those dreadful late-night cravings that sneak up on you after work.

4. Let go

Cliche as it sounds, it’s very effective.

The thing that seems like the end of the world right now?

It’s not. Promise.


Stressing and worrying about the situation you’re in won’t do any good because you’re already in it, so just let it go.

Letting go isn’t easy, so here’s a guide to help you:

21 Things To Do When You Find It Hard To Let Go

5. Enjoy the journey

Focusing on the end result can quickly become exhausting. Chasing a bold, audacious goal that’s going to require a lot of time and patience? Split it into several mini-goals so you’ll have several causes for celebration.

Stop focusing on the negative thoughts. Giving yourself consistent positive feedback will help you grow patience, stay encouraged, and find more joy in the process of achieving your goals.

6. Look at the big picture

The next time you find your stress level skyrocketing, take a deep breath, and ask yourself:


Will this matter to me…

  • Next week?
  • Next month?
  • Next year?
  • In 10 years?

Hint: No, it won’t.

I bet most of the stuff that stresses you wouldn’t matter the next week, maybe not even the next day.

Stop agonizing over things you can’t control because you’re only hurting yourself.

7. Stop demanding perfection of yourself

You’re not perfect and that’s okay. Show me a person who claims to be perfect and I’ll show you a dirty liar.

Demanding perfection of yourself (or anybody else) will only stress you out because it just isn’t possible.


8. Practice patience every day

Below are a few easy ways you can practice patience every day, increasing your ability to remain calm and cool in times of stress:

  • The next time you go to the grocery store, get in the longest line.
  • Instead of going through the drive-thru at your bank, go inside.
  • Take a long walk through a secluded park or trail.

Final thoughts

Staying calm in stressful situations is possible, all you need is some daily practice.

Taking deep breaths and eat mindfully are some simple ways to train your brain to be more patient. But changing the way you think of a situation and staying positive are most important in keeping cool whenever you feel overwhelmed and stressful.

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