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How To Relax Physically And Emotionally

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Updated June 16, 2014

How To Relax Physically And Emotionally

Learning how to relax--physically, emotionally, and long-term--may be easier than you think!

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If you're feeling stressed and wondering how to relax, here are some simple steps for releasing tension in your body and your mind. Learn how to relax, and find improvements in your overall life quality.
Difficulty: Easy
Time Required: A Few Minutes

Here's How:

  1. Realize That You Need To Relax
    Many people just try to work through their stress by ignoring it and hoping the stressors pass quickly, even while stressors build up. Because of this, it's not uncommon to be caught off-guard by stress when you reach the point of feeling overwhelmed, or to be stressed to the point that the stress is taking a toll, without realizing that you need to work on managing some of the stress in your life and your psyche. It's important to know when you need to relax. The following resources can help:
  2. Relax Yourself Physically
    Physically relaxing your body can lead to stress relief because it interrupts and reverses your stress response, and can stop a negative-feedback cycle where your mind responds to stress by signaling a physical stress response, and the tension in your body that can result from this response increases the levels of stress you feel emotionally. There are several effective techniques to relieve tension in your body. Here are some popular techniques for those wondering how to relax physically.
  3. Relax Yourself Mentally And Emotionally
    Your experience of stress involves your thoughts and emotions. You may think that you can't adequately handle the stressors you're facing (thought), and experience fear (feeling) as a result, which can accompany and even perpetuate your stress response. Often, reexamining your thoughts can help you to relax yourself emotionally. The following can help you to better understand your thoughts and alter this cycle as you learn how to relax as you face your stressors.
  4. Help Yourself Stay Relaxed
    Once you've discovered how to relax, you should experience less overall stress. The next step is learning how to maintain a state of relaxation, and learning how to relax again quickly after you deal with future stressors. Adding key features to your lifestyle can help you to amass more resources for dealing with stressors you face, and become less reactive to these stressors as well. The following can help you to develop a lifestyle that helps you to relax and more easily manage the stress of life.

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