How To Relax Physically And Emotionally

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Learning how to relax--physically, emotionally, and long-term--may be easier than you think!. PhotoTalk/ Getty Images

When we face stressors in life, we can carry physical and psychological tension, and these tensions can feed off of one another.  Feeling physically tense can increase psychological and emotional tension, and vice versa.  Conversely, relaxing your body physically can help relieve psychological stress, and relaxing your mind can help you to physically relax and release tension in your body. When your stress response is no longer triggered, it becomes far easier to approach challenges in a proactive, peaceful way.

 Learning to master techniques that enable both types of relaxation is a highly effective route to stress relief.  

If you're feeling stressed and wondering how to relax, here are some simple steps for releasing tension in your body and your mind. Learn how to relax, and find improvements in your overall life quality.  Here's how.

Realize That You Need To Relax

Many people just try to work through their stress by ignoring it and hoping the stressors pass quickly, even while stressors build up. Because of this, it's not uncommon to be caught off-guard by stress when you reach the point of feeling overwhelmed, or to be stressed to the point that the stress is taking a toll, without realizing that you need to work on managing some of the stress in your life and your psyche. It's important to know when you need to relax. The following resources can help:

How Much Stress Is Too Much Stress?

Try A Quick Body Scan

Quiz: What Are Your Stress Symptoms?

Relax Physically

Physically relaxing your body can lead to stress relief because it interrupts and reverses your stress response, and can stop a negative-feedback cycle where your mind responds to stress by signaling a physical stress response, and the tension in your body that can result from this response increases the levels of stress you feel emotionally.

There are several effective techniques to relieve tension in your body. Here are some popular techniques for those wondering how to relax physically.

How To Relax With Breathing Exercises

How To Relax With PMR

How To Relax With Exercise

Relax Mentally And Emotionally

Your experience of stress involves your thoughts and emotions. You may think that you can't adequately handle the stressors you're facing (thought), and experience fear (feeling) as a result, which can accompany and even perpetuate your stress response. Often, reexamining your thoughts can help you to relax emotionally. The following can help you to better understand your thoughts and alter this cycle as you learn how to relax as you face your stressors.

The Role of Self-Talk

Understanding Cognitive Reframing

Altering Your Cognitive Distortions

Develop Greater Optimism

Help Yourself Stay Relaxed

Once you've discovered how to relax, you should experience less overall stress. The next step is learning how to maintain a state of relaxation and learning how to relax again quickly after you deal with future stressors.

Adding key features to your lifestyle can help you to amass more resources for dealing with stressors you face, and become less reactive to these stressors as well. The following can help you to develop a lifestyle that helps you to relax and more easily manage the stress of life.

Changes For a Low-Stress Lifestyle

How To Become More Resilient

Find Stress Relief Resources

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