Meenal Patel, Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor

We are constantly on the go and I feel like there are many times that I am not able to relax until I get into bed, if even that. We have such a need to keep on going and keep checking everything off our list until it is done for the day or until our bodies say “no more!”. What are some ways that you can relax more? Being able to relax not only your body, but also your mind is very important. Keep on reading to find ways to help you relax.

Guided Imagery

Your therapist might have encouraged you to engage in some guided imagery, or you might have seen apps for calming you down, such as “Calm” or “Headspace”. But what do those apps means and what does your therapist mean by trying guided imagery and what are the benefits of it.

Guided imagery is a way to help you relax by having someone speaking to you and helping you get o that place. I think of guided imagery as a stepping stool to help you to be able to meditate for longer periods of time without any distractions. Guided imagery helps you focus on your own emotions and thoughts and has the courage and strength to allow you to get to that level.

Self-Care

Self-care is super important when it comes to relaxation. There are many ways to engage in self-care and being able to identify what are things that you can do for yourself. If that means taking a bath, going for a long walk, exercising, talking to friends, watching tv, whatever it may be, do it! Do not neglect self-care from your routine or your life. We tend to forget about ourselves and self-care can not only help us relax, but helps us in many ways with our own emotions.

Stretching

Stretching can be a big way to help you relax. Like I mentioned earlier, you need to be able to relax not only your mind, but also your body. When I feel unrelaxed, I can feel my muscles tensing and my body getting tight. Being able to stretch your body can help you relax. Getting your blood flowing and releasing the tensing muscles.

Massage

Getting a massage when you are feeling tense can really help you relax. Being able to have a no technology time is important as it can make you feel good. Also massages allow someone who is a professional to utilize pressure points and allow blood circulation to flow smoothly.

Recognizing That You Need to Relax

Even though this is not a tool to help you to relax, you need to know when you are in a need of some relaxation time, not when burnout has occurred. Listening to your body and your mind of when it is time to take some downtime. Often time people think that you need to have a day or hours to relax, but you can even take just 10 minutes to a few hours to relax. If you are able to schedule relaxation time in your schedule, it will feel very good for yourself.

If you feel like you are unable to relax, feel free to contact any of our therapists at Symmetry Counseling and we can teach you techniques to help you relax. And we also have couches that you might just need a break to lie down too!