Maybe it is the holidays. Maybe it is work. Maybe it is just life in general. No matter why you are feeling overwhelmed, it isn’t a good feeling. And to make matters worse, until you relax, it can be hard to tackle whatever it is that is causing you stress. To help, try the 5 ways to relax when overwhelmed below.
Hot beverages are automatically relaxing, but to avoid the later jitters, steer clear of caffeine. Look for teas that are meant to be calming, such as lavender tea or chamomile tea. Take the time to really savor it, from the feel of the warm mug in your hands to the steam on your face.
When we stress, we tend to clench our jaw or grind our teeth. While we can try to will ourselves to stop, there is an easier solution—chew some gum. This prevents you from clenching your jaw or grinding your teeth, which can help make your body feel more relaxed overall.
And keep in mind that meditation doesn’t have to look the way it does in movies. There are many forms of meditation and you can easily find one that feels comfortable to you. And if you aren’t quite there, try some breathing exercises for now.
Sometimes, you just need to shut the door and get away from it all. Don’t be afraid to take a break for yourself. This might mean going on a hike in the woods and enjoying the peace or it might mean closing the bedroom door and letting everyone handle themselves for a few minutes.
And this can be any form of exercise that is comfortable for you. Moving your body releases chemicals that help you relax and feel happier. So whether it is running in place or yoga, or anything else you can think of, take a moment and get to it.