Learn 7 Great Ways to Relax Your Mind

Learn 7 Great Ways to Relax Your Mind
Valeria Sabater

Written and verified by psychologist Valeria Sabater.

Last update: 27 May, 2022

We all have gone through situations from which we wanted to run away and hide. We’re all prone to moments of stress, tension, or anxiety. Let’s check the most appropriate ways to relax your mind. Keep a happy spirit and a healthy body!

In today’s article, we’ll discuss seven easy ways you can relax your mind in those moments when you need it the most. These are practical strategies that will be a great help. We invite you to learn them with us.

7 Ways to Relax Your Mind

1. Your private hideaway, your refuge

relax your mind

Here are some simple examples to help you understand this first tip.

Imagine you’re at work with a thousand tasks waiting on you, and everywhere you look there’s more tension, noise, colleagues asking things of you. So many burdens.

Or imagine that you’ve just had a bitter fight with your partner when you realize that your children are still waiting for you to take them to school.

How can you find the time to relax your mind, even for a second?

Simply think of an empty room. This is a private place of calm and peace where you can close the door behind you and be alone.

Behind that door is sound and stress, but you’re safe in your intimate and quiet place.

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2. A white wall

Think of a white wall to relax your mind

This exercise is easy and very effective. Every one of us has experienced those moments when we feel suddenly overwhelmed by an endless string of worries, anxieties, and fears. Somehow these negative emotions assault and paralyze us.

When this happens, immediately cut off that train of thoughts and image a white wall before you. Let that endless expanse of whiteness reassure and calm you. Try it. Put an end to your worries and resolve your fears with that protecting image against the current of negative energy.

3. Focus on your breathing

Relax your mind by breathing

Stress and anxiety make you breathe more rapidly, sucking in air and making your heart work more than it should. Therefore, suddenly and without even realizing it, you succumb to muscle tension and headaches.

When this happens, try to focus on slowing down your breathing. First, put one hand over your abdomen and take a deep breath. Then, feel it expand and contract as your chest rises and falls. Finally, take a few seconds with each breath and feel how you release weight in each exhalation. Certainly, this is very relaxing for both, your body and your mind.

4. Write

Relax your mind by writing

A simple and very therapeutic way to relax your mind is by always having on hand a notebook/notepad to write down your feelings and ideas.

Release your fears and stress through words, and if you want to, you can later burn all the pages as a final release.

Likely, you could keep them in a journal that will help you chart not only your concerns but also your hopes and dreams. As a result, day after day this journal can become your best friend, your personal escape route.

5. Get a little sun, walk for a while in the grass

Relax your mind with small walks

When you feel overwhelmed or when anxiety and other daily concerns upset you to the point that you’re extremely stressed, don’t think twice about this one: take a walk through a park, a forest, along the beach, or in the mountains.

Feel the sun on your back and let the calm come over you as the light caresses your skin. It’s like traveling back in time to the origins of humanity. And so, we assure you that nothing is more therapeutic and relaxing than a daily walk through nature.

6. Find someone who will listen to you

Relax your mind by talking to someone who cares

Somewhere in your social circle, you know that there’s a person who will sincerely listen to you with empathy and affection. That person can help you relax your mind for a while, as you describe the things that are making you unhappy, worrying, or causing stress.

It’s not always about looking for advice or being told what to do. Mostly, it’s about finding someone who just listens.

But if you feel like, after releasing that “weight”, you can ask this person to help you decide what your next step could be.

7. Find your personal space

Relax your mind by finding your personal space

Everyone needs a personal, private space where they can relax and be themselves. For instance, some people can find it just by listening to music and closing their eyes. Others take to drawing, dancing, or knitting – it doesn’t matter what the activity is.

It’s important to have a method or hobby that helps you release your tensions and worries by letting you be yourself.

Lastly, it’s important that you know, or find out for yourself, what works best for you to relax your mind.

Everyone is unique and special, and not all of us will benefit from the same advice. So go slowly, and test each of the tips we’ve described in this article to see what fits your needs the best.

Remember to always prioritize your own life and happiness. Don’t give too much of yourself to others, to the point that you stop caring for yourself.

Give your body, heart, and mind what they deserve. Defend your personal space, privacy, and freedom. Don’t lose sight of them!

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This text is provided for informational purposes only and does not replace consultation with a professional. If in doubt, consult your specialist.