Tackle stress with 5 relaxation techniques to master today

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Feeling a little stressed lately? You've come to the right place. We've got a few relaxation techniques for you to master today.

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Overworked, underslept and feeling the pressure?

Life's manic for most of us and relaxing is usually put off until our annual vacay.

We've got a few techniques that won't mean you have to fork out on all those spa treatments to relax.

Progressive Relaxation


Close your eyes and focus on tensing your muscles and releasing for 2 or 3 seconds for each part of your body. Start from your toes and work your way up to your eyes and brow area, while keeping deep, slow breaths.

The idea is to draw tension from your body. Don't worry if you don't get it first time though as practice makes perfect.

This is a great technique for at home, at your desk or even while travelling. Bonus.

Abdominal breathing


Place your hand on your chest and the other on your tummy, take a deep breath in through your nose, ensuring the rib cage (not chest) inflates with enough air to create a stretch in your lungs.

The goal is to breathe 6 - 10 slow, deep breaths per min, for about 10 mins per day.

You'll feel the benefits if you keep it up.

Guided Visualisation


Can you picture your happy place? It could be a chilled beach, a flower-filled garden or even shopping for your dream handbag.

While breathing deeply, concentrate all your efforts on the picture and not on any stress you may have been feeling through the day. Easier said than done, we hear you say.

But it's easier than you think as experts say focusing in on positive images can actually drown out the more negative ones.

Tune into your body


Lie on your back or sit with your feet on the floor. Start with your toes and work your way up to your noggin, noticing how your tired body feels.

All you need to do with this is be aware of places where you feel tired, stressed or strained.

Concentrating on each place for 1 to 2 mins, imagine your deep breaths are flowing straight to these areas. You'll feel way more chilled after.

Decompress


Or if you don't have time to do breathing exercises, why not simply place a warmed towel or wrap on your neck, face or back after a strenuous old day.

Close your eyes and enjoy.

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