We will help you understand the Tips and Techniques that can help you clear your mind and relax to reduce stress. These process will make you more effective and effecient in your day to day life.
A man was long-suffering from an illness. He had consulted countless doctors, taken a huge amount of medicines, had undergone several operations but still couldn’t find the root cause of why nothing is working for him and what is making this so difficult for him. One day while generally seeking advice from a local physician, he narrated him all about his illness and how nothing helped.
The advice that the physician gave him was the simplest and easiest of what all the doctors had advised him and were the most affordable one. The doctor asked him, to leave the city for some time and go to his paternal village and live there. the man got confused, why did the doctor want him to leave everything?
The doctor said, your illness is not the only reason that is degrading your health, but your mind is so full of stress and negativity, that it is not letting anything work for you. Instead of looking for hope and optimism, your mind is constantly reminding you that this illness cant be cured and you will remain like this forever.
So before you find the solution to your illness, you need to find a solution to clear and relax your mind. For that purpose, you need a change of surroundings and some fresh air that takes away your stress and brings optimism back in you.
Many times, while constantly trying to cope up with your fast-paced life, you often forget the importance of your mental health and how it is the primary issue of your concern. Daily, you have to deal with a lot of things, take care of your finances, family, work, friends, colleagues, deadlines, assignments, and whatnot.
While doing all this singlehandedly, there is a chance that stress starts developing in our mind and if not dealt with at an earlier stage, it can be harmful in the long run. It is very important that out of your busy schedule, you take out some time for yourself and dedicate it to your mental peace and well-being.
This will keep you calm and content from within and you won’t have to carry the burden of your stress to the next day and gradually let it all add up. Stress relief can also help in maintaining your overall health and make you immune from many other harmful diseases. There are some very simple but effective ways in which you can clear off your mind and relax yourself to reduce the stress.
How to clear your mind and relax to reduce stress?
Here are some stress buster and relaxing activities that you can try out:
1. Mindfulness by yoga
The most effective and scientifically proven way to relax your mind from all the stress is to practice meditation and yoga. There are many online courses on videos based on meditation and you can learn the basics of it by regularly doing it and making it a part of your routine.
By meditating, your whole body goes in a state of calmness and you experience actual peace within you. You get ample time to revisit your thoughts and think about all those things that can make you happier.
2. Smile therapy
The easiest way in which you can make your day better is by smiling. Not particularly when something good happens, but even when you are having a bad day, a smile can instantly lift your mood.
This is the reason why we always love looking at a baby and no matter what we are going through, seeing them always fills us with joy. The smile therapy suggests that you always have a slight grin on your face, and face any challenges with a smile.
Smiling more often reduces stress and the people around you will also get attracted to your persona. Everybody loves a smiling face. And remember, it takes more muscles to frown than it takes to smile. So, the next time you feel tensed and stressed just try smiling at yourself and see how your mood changes.
3. Colors to calm your nerves
Many articles and studies reveal that different colors have different impacts on your brain. Colors like red, generate alertness in your brain whereas colors like green, pink and white promote calmness, peace, and tranquility.
For relaxing your mind and relieving the stress you can try taking the help of these colors in different ways. Try indulging more with nature, to include the green. Wear colors like white and pink or paint any random art with these colors and it will automatically change your vibes from stressed to happy.
You can also change the furniture or the décor around you into calming and soothing colors and it will turn your home into a better place to be.
4. Before sleep ritual
After a whole day of working hard and tiring your day, you should make sure to free your mind from all the stress before you sleep. You’re before sleep ritual will determine the quality of your sleep and how fresh you wake up the next morning.
Make sure that you cut off the usage of all your gadgets and technology at least 1 hour before you sleep. Using your phones for social media before sleeping can hinder your sleep and it will take more time for your mind to relax and sleep.
Practice meditation or read a book to relax your mind before going to bed. Recall all the things that happened to you since morning and be thankful for every blessing and every person in your life. This way you will sleep peacefully and wake up refreshed and free from all the stress and anxiety the next morning.
5. Public speaking anxiety
Stage fear and public speaking hesitation is a common issue that most of you might have faced at some point in your life. The reason you get nervous and anxious before any presentation or public appearance is that you overthink and over analyze your capabilities. You are worried whether people will like you or not, whether you will be able to look confident or not, what if you forget your lines.
All these questions generate restlessness and stress in your brain and ultimately this is visible in your body language when you go for that presentation. Before any such important presentation, remind yourself that its just an appearance and you are a person who’s allowed to commit mistakes.
What makes you different from the crowd is your courage to stand there on the stage whilst everyone else is just a part of the crowd. Be confident in yourself, take deep breaths to relax your nerves, and try maintaining your composure. Nobody will know that you are nervous unless you want everyone to see it. Even if you can’t completely be confident, try faking it at the start and you will automatically get in the flow.
6. Relaxing activities
There are many activities which are very effective in relaxing your mind and reducing your stress. Activities like listening to relaxing music, indulging in relaxing games, reading a book, gardening, trying out new hobbies, and playing with your pets can take your mind off from all the worries and will divert your attention towards more indulging and useful activities.
You can also try out these activities with your family or your group of friends so it will also improve your bonding and make you feel more happy and content.
7. Progressive muscle relaxation
According to the renowned Mayo Clinic “In this relaxation technique, you focus on slowly tensing and then relaxing each muscle group.
This can help you focus on the difference between muscle tension and relaxation. You can become more aware of physical sensations.
In one method of progressive muscle relaxation, you start by tensing and relaxing the muscles in your toes and progressively working your way up to your neck and head.
You can also start with your head and neck and work down to your toes. Tense your muscles for about five seconds and then relax for 30 seconds, and repeat.” Using this kind of technique to relax your muscles will help in the overall relaxation of your body and keep all the stress and anxiety at bay.
8. Say positive about yourself
Always say positive things about yourself, in your mind, and, also while speaking to others. Have a positive self-concept. Whatever you speak about yourself, your family members, and about your work – they have a great impact on your state of mind, and the life you are going to lead in the present and the future. So, always think and speak positively, while you are alone, and while you are with people.
As it’s rightly said in a famous quote: ‘Take care of your thoughts when you are alone, and take care of your words when you are with people’.
8. Stop over-thinking
Don’t think too much about anything. If any irrelevant thought comes into your mind, let go of that thought. Learn to tame your mind, which is like a wild horse. Stop over-thinking about anything. You will remain happy.
9. Take care of yourself
Stop blaming anything/anyone for your sadness or tension. Happiness comes from inside .i.e. from your inner world (your thoughts, actions, and viewpoints about other people/things). It doesn’t come from your outer world. As said rightly by someone: ‘Happiness is an internal affair’. Also, be generous towards your own-self. Don’t be cruel to your own inner child. Care for your inner child .i.e. inner-self with benevolence and generosity. Then you can remain happy from within yourself.
10. How to deal with anxiety
Remember, you reside within this universe, and the whole universe resides within you. Get involved in everything whatever you do. Don’t hold onto anything. Don’t do over-thinking. Everything will automatically come into place. You will be stress-free, relaxed, and in turn, happy in your life. Think of some positive solutions to your problems and tensions if any. Do Brainstorming. You will get the right solution in time. Think positively and relax.
11. Learn how to control and reduce stress
Stop negative thinking. Embrace positive thinking. Control your mind to control stress. There is a good quote: ‘It is difficult to find stress within oneself, but it is impossible to find it anywhere else’. Stop constant worrying and negative thinking. Have positive beliefs and hopes in your mind, that everything will be alright. In this way, you can clear your mind and reduce stress.
12. Understand your subconscious power
Your subconscious mind is that part of the mind that is not currently in focal awareness. Unknown to our conscious mind, we very often make impressions on our subconscious mind. If our conscious mind is the parent, then the subconscious mind is like a small child. So, let’s feed love instead of hatred, compassion instead of anger to our minds. As you heal your own mind, you will seem to offer comfort to other people. Your state of mind is reflected in the world. Try to be in a state of tranquillity and calmness ,rather than being anxious.
13. Interrupt the worry cycle
Do Exercise. It’s one of the best treatments for anxiety. It overcomes feelings of stress and helps us feel relaxed. Eat a good balanced and healthy diet. This boosts your energy and creates interest in us to perform well in studies or work.
Go on drives, travel to new places for getting a rejuvenated mood. Listen to songs that help in healing your mind and soul. Talk with your friends, and, near and dear ones. Feel the joy in small things, such as try to feel the gentle breeze of wind, the rays of the morning sun, etc.
14. Concentrate and have control over yourself
Meditation means concentrating on being peaceful, without bringing any other thoughts to your mind. It really helps a lot in clearing your mind of stress and keeps you relaxed and happy as a result. Thus, you will be able to have control over your thoughts and yourself.
15. Be yourself
Better things come when you be your own-self. You will never be able to find your purpose when you allow others to decide how you should be. If you try to be someone else, which you are not in actual, then you won’t be able to give your best. Don’t think what others will think of you. You remain calm, relaxed, and satisfied, on being your own-self.
16. Don’t fear
Be fearless. Follow your intuition, and, do what you love to do. Don’t hold yourself back, thinking of the unseen future circumstances. Fear provides resistance to your wisdom and reasoning power. So, don’t let fear stop you from making any good decisions for your success/for your well-being. Because, if you act in fear, then things get worse. Therefore, work with full confidence.
17. Learn how to know the true-self of things and people
Always try to know the true self of everyone and everything, so that you won’t be deceived by others. And, you can act accordingly, and also expect the outcomes and situations accordingly. You will not be having too many expectations from them. You will develop reasonable expectations. No disappointments will be there. So, you will not get any stress. You will stay relaxed and be happy.
Doing all the above activities and making them a habit is going to improve your overall performance to a great extent. When your mind is free from all the worries and anxiety, you become more productive and deal with all the challenges with a positive approach.
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