Relaxation is a state of calmness. It is being free of worry in the mind, and free of tension in the body. It is having a sense of openness to one’s outside environment and an ease within oneself. When we are feeling stressed, relaxation is the space we give ourselves to let go of that which is gripping us, opening us up to more spaciousness in our body, mind and heart.
Inspiration for more relaxation
Listen to music or sounds you find soothing. (The Calm app has heavy rain, a campfire, a purring cat, and more.)
Whenever you remember, deepen and slow your breathing. Focus on your exhales as a way of letting go.
Drink a warm, non-caffeinated beverage. Even just a glass of warm water can calm the body.
Practice gentle, mindful movement. (If you’re able to move while seated, the Calm Body Afternoon Reset can help clear your mind and ease body tension.)
Schedule time in-between activities to have more spaciousness in your day and to give your nervous system an opportunity to settle.
What area of my life is asking for more rest?