10 Tips for Relaxing a Restless Mind

1.  Tense Your Muscles! Starting with your feet and working your way up your body, tense each muscle group for 5 seconds then let go. Squeeze the muscles in your feet 2 times, then your calves, thighs, etc. Notice the sensation in each body part after the release.

2.   Notice Your Surroundings. Listen to the noises around you- can you hear out the window or the air vent? Feel the textures surrounding you, notice the scent (clothing, soaps/lotions, etc.), and look at the shapes and colors around you.

3.  Imagine You Are in Paradise. Paint the scene using your senses to fully imagine you are in a picturesque paradise like relaxing on a beach. Feel the sand beneath your feet, hear the waves crashing on the beach, sense the ocean spray, listen to birds squawking overhead, smell and taste the salty air.

4.  Write It Down and Leave It Behind! Whatever is on your mind, whether it is your growing to-do list or events from the day, write it down to revisit at a later time and give yourself permission to stop thinking about it. You can end your day leaving these notes behind and pick them up the next day.

 

5.  Repeat Your Mantra. Find a phrase that speaks to why your mind is restless and practice repeating it to yourself several times a day. For example, you may say “I’m only human and I’m doing the best I can”, “relax”, “let it go” or even find comfort in the lyrics to a favorite song like “Don’t worry, be happy”.

6.  Run It Out. Exercise is a great outlet for our bodies to release the cortisol hormones that build up when we are under stress. Your body will naturally decrease stress levels and slow down once you stop aerobic activity.

7.   Stretch It Out. Practicing yoga can relax the mind and body. Try some simple poses like a forward fold or child’s pose to ease your restless mind.

8.   Get Musical. Listening to music or playing an instrument can be relaxing for the mind and body. Focus your attention on what you are hearing and be present.

9.   Get Lost in a Book. Before you pick up your favorite thriller, notice what books relax you and take your mind away from your day.

10. Talk It Out. Talking about what is weighing on your mind will help ease the intensity. Talk with someone supportive like a friend, family member, or therapist.

There are many ways to calm the mind and ease stress. These tips are just a starting point. If you find you need more ideas or support, therapy may be a helpful resource for you. Managing your stress can lead to a healthier body, immune system, fewer pain-related problems, and happier relationships. Get started today!

Brought to you by Therapist Lindsey Lowrance at Exploring Inner Peace. Lindsey is passionate about helping people get in touch with their inner resources to find health and happiness. For more information as well as other free resources on mindfulness and trauma visit: www.exploringinnerpeace.com  Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  Phone: 720-243-3993

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