Even if you don't end up relaxing on cue, regularly practicing relaxing techniques can relieve a lot of stress. The following relaxing rituals can relieve stress effectively, and can be easily practiced at home.
Most people know that meditation is a great way to relieve stress, but not everyone has actually researched the benefits or found a way to work regular meditation into their lifestyle. If you do one thing for yourself, I'd recommend you do that, because meditation can not only bring short-term relaxation, it can help you to become less reactive to the stress you face in the future.
Read more about the benefits of meditation, and find simple ways to get started.
Physical exercise provides top-notch stress relief and other benefits. You don't need to have a home gym set-up to find effective exercises at home. There are many options for getting exercise at home, which in itself can bring less stress because there's less expense and preparation involved. Working regular exercise into your schedule and creating a space for it in your home can encourage you to maintain this healthy habit for years to come.
Read more about the benefits of exercise and how to incorporate it into your life.
Writing in a journal is a time-honored and research-backed practice for effective stress relief. Whether you write a gratitude journal, process emotions on paper, use your journal to document the important events of your life or journal to brainstorm solutions to your particular stressors, journaling is one of those relaxing habits that's worth working into your schedule. While you're creating a relaxing environment, don't forget to create a cozy place for journaling.Learn more about the benefits of journaling and ways to use it for stress relief.
Lehrer, Paul; Woolfolk, Robert; Sime, Wesley. Principles and Practice of Stress Management, Third Edition. (pp. 291-332). New York, New York: The Guilford Press.