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How to Relax, Even When You Feel Tense

by Jacob Riff |

Sometimes, you just can’t relax. It may be the reason you can’t relax is a good thing. Maybe you’re about to participate in an exciting new event or start your dream job. Other times, the reason why relaxing is so hard isn’t that exciting. Perhaps you lost your job and rent is due, or a beloved family member is sick and you are worrying about what will happen to them.

Anxiety inducing situations are a normal part of life, but the good news is there are things you can do to help ease tension and relax. Here are a few tips to help calm yourself, no matter what is happening.

Go for a Walk

A walk is one of the simplest and best things you can do to clear your head. Humans have been wired to relax and feel at ease in nature for millions of years. It’s only recently that we primarily moved inside.

By taking a walk, you not only benefit from the stress reducing effect of spending time in nature, but also gentle exercise can help ease stress as well. There’s nothing like a walk to help put your thoughts in order, so if you’re feeling stressed, this is the place to start.

If you can’t walk, just spending time under trees can provide the same boost, so just resting under a tree or looking at a pleasant grove could help ease your mind.

Drink Your... Mushrooms?

Although it might seem like an odd place to start, the chaga mushroom is known for its ability to help provide calm even during very tense situations. Chaga is one of the most powerful adaptogens known to mankind, and can help support you during times of extreme stress.

Chaga effects the nervous system differently than caffeine, helping your body to reduce stress without feeling jittery or being unable to get to sleep.

If you’d rather not drink mushrooms, chamomile or magnolia bark extracts can also make a calming and comfortable tea.

Get a Good Night’s Sleep

Although it might seem impossible to rest when you’re anxious or excited, sleep is important for many reasons. When you have a good night’s sleep, you are more resilient when you’re not sleep deprived, and you’ll also feel less anxious.

If you’re already stressed though, sleeping is easier said than done. You may need a bit of help to prepare yourself for sleep.

If you’re struggling with sleep, try cutting your screen time off about an hour before bed time. Do quiet activities instead, such as reading a book or listening to soft music. If you still can’t sleep, a melatonin spray may be a good option to help you get a restful night’s sleep.

The ability to relax is an important one, especially during turbulent times. Whether the reason you are feeling stressed is due to world events, or personal ones, they can all be equally stress inducing. Learning to relax no matter what the situation is can be a valuable tool to keep your stress low.

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