The American Psychological Association (APA) offered insight into five science-based strategies to manage stress, specifically for healthcare professionals due to the demands on those professionals throughout the pandemic. The fourth strategy is “Relax Yourself”.
The APA suggests tensing each muscle group in your body for 10 seconds and then releasing the muscles, paying special attention to the feeling of the tension leaving your body. Active relaxation improves energy and flexibility.
Other Relaxation Techniques
The Mayo Clinic also offers a wide variety of relaxation techniques. Take a look at this list to see if any of these speaks to you:
- Deep Breathing – See our previous blog for specific breathing activities
- Music and Art therapy
- Visualization – Forming mental images that take you to a peaceful calming place
- Tai Chi
- Meditation or Mindfulness – See our previous blog for specific mindfulness exercises
- Yoga – See our previous blog for some specific yoga poses
Ask yourself, what relaxes me? Perhaps you like to soak in a bath, read a book, cook a good meal, spend time with friends, write in a journal, or play video games. Relaxation doesn’t have to be fancy, just do what makes you feel good!