Sometimes you need to get away, but life obligations prevent it such commitments, jobs, time, and money. Visualizing a stress-free place and other relaxation techniques are quick and easy ways to help your whole body calm down and give you the booster you need to get on with your day while reducing stress. We found some of these to be invigorating and stimulated creativity – how about that for a 30-minute break?!
Five ways for you to slip away on a mental vacation to reduce stress:
- Read a book in bed. This is a great escape and can leave you feeling refreshed, relaxed and ready to face whatever the world throws at you. Your bed is a warm and cozy place for you. It feels luxurious, and getting lost in a good book is a perfect way to forget, then refocus, your own thoughts.
- Relax your mind. Steal a few quiet moments to close your eyes and think of an image that relaxes you – such as the warm sun on your skin, a field filled with flowers or waves crashing on the beach. Remember a time when you felt peaceful and relaxed, and focus on releasing tension from your toes to your head.
- Look at pictures from a happy time. Pull out some snapshots from a photo album of a family vacation or a fun dinner with friends. Reflect on your memories of that occasion and what made it so enjoyable. Spend a few quiet moments reminiscing, and you’ll find yourself more relaxed.
- Look out your window. Distract yourself by focusing on something other than what’s stressing you. Grab a steaming cup of coffee or tea, close the door and take a mental break. Walk away from your computer (or put it in sleep mode), shut off or silence your cell phone, and revel in a few moments of complete inaccessibility.
- Take a walk. Exercise is a great way to relieve stress because it’s a great escape for your mind. Head out for a quiet early morning walk or lace up your sneakers on a lunch break.
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