How to Relax Mentally

Life can be difficult sometimes, but it's important to relax mentally as well as physically. Here's some step how to relax mentally!

Life can be difficult sometimes, but it's important to relax mentally as well as physically. Here are some practical ways to relax mentally! In August I was very blessed to have multiple days off in a row, and I used them to their full advantage. A couple of friends and I decided we were going to road trip to the grand canyon and back. It's important to allow your mind to reset and relax as well as finding ways to allow your body to physically rest. The mind is a muscle and just like it's important to take a day off of exercise to allow your muscles to recoup, it's also important to allow your mind to relax. 

REALIZE THAT IT TAKES TIME

Before any of the "how to's" start this is the first step because when you first realize that your mind needs to relax as much as your body, it's easy to try to force relaxation. To "make" your mind relax in order to be more productive later on, but are you really relaxing if it's forced? No, the answer to that is no. It's going to take some practice and repetition to have your mind realize that it can relax.

IT'S ALSO GOING TO TAKE REPETITION 

Just like when you're first working out, if you haven't actively helped your mind relax, it probably isn't going to know what to do at first. When you first start to lift weights, your muscles shake because they're not use to lifting that weight. However, after repetition, your muscles start to realize that this is what they do now and they adapt. The mind is the same way. When you realize how much this is important and that it isn't a one time thing, your mind will start to relax well. 

Here are some of the ways to relax well:

  1. READ A PHYSICAL BOOK BEFORE BED

  2. GO OUTSIDE

  3. THREE MINUTE MEDITATION

  4. STEP AWAY FROM YOUR PHONE

  5. KICK IT KID STYLE (COLOR)

  6. SET A 20 MINUTE TIMER AND CLEAN

  7. WRITE IT DOWN

READ A BOOK BEFORE YOU GO TO BED, NO PHONE!

We all know the benefits of reading, but we all also ignore the downside of phone use before going to sleep. You’ve had a difficult day, and you’re ready to sleep…but now you’ll spend the next 30 minutes or more scrolling through Instagram looking up pictures of Bali. Switch it up for a week and I promise you’ll thank me! Allow your mind to start to slow down and put itself in a place where it can relax while sleeping. Reading not only helps your mind focus on other things, but it also helps you have a more sound sleep!

Click to get the book I’ve been reading!! I even love the cover. Become who you were meant to be?! Yes please!

GO OUTSIDE

Take a hike! No, I meant it, or a walk. Breath the fresh air in, and don’t spend all of the time skipping in your phone to find the next song. Remember when we had to listen to the entire song? I do! You can go with some friends to the park and play frisbee, or during your lunch at work step outside. This also helps if you’re stressed or have a job where you look at a screen the entire day. Set yourself a timer and talk a literal “walk around the block”.

THREE MINUTE MEDITATION

This has been a game changer for me! Let’s say your studying for your final and you start to feel overwhelmed by the amount of content, or say you’re working at your desk and realize you’ve been answering emails for an hour. Take just three minutes and stop! Focus on your breathing and your body. Slowly close your eyes and allow your mind to step away from that work for just a moment. You’ll not only be more focused when those three minutes are up, but it will be a more productive study session if you allow your mind to relax than if you had just “pushed through” and studied for the entire three hours.

STEP AWAYS FROM YOUR PHONE

Have you ever gotten the app that shows you how many times you opened your phone in just one day? It feels wrong seeing that number, you think “I couldn’t possibly have opened the phone that many times.” But you did! I went on a hike the other day, and it was honestly so nice to lose service! I couldn’t check any social media, and no one from work could call me, it was just a moment where we could hike and enjoy being outside.

When you’re at home or you’re out to eat with friends, you could turn off your phone! It sounds crazy at first, but after the first moment it will become your new favorite thing to do!

KICK IT KID STYLE

A few years ago coloring for adults made a comeback because of how it has such a wonderful way of having our minds relax! Now you don’t have to spend adult coloring book money. Why were those so expensive? But you can draw something, or create a mood tracker and color it in, print something from online and color that, go to the craft store and grab a canvas and paint that, etc.! Let your mind get creative with it, remember when we use to color skin tones purple and blue, do it! The world is your oyster in your coloring world!

SET A 20 MINUTE TIMER AND CLEAN

Clean just one room or multiple, when you’re cleaning you’ll be amazing how much you can get done in 20 minutes. Do those chores that will help you later in the week. I’ve talked about this in a previous post, but it’s those small 20 minute increments that if we do everyday lead to better mental self care overall!

WRITE IT DOWN

This may sound counter intuitive, but it's not. Write down your to-do list, and your wish list. When your brain is trying to remember everything you have to do throughout the day or the week, you're not really focused, because there is a part of your brain trying to remember all of the things you have to do and want to do this week. When you write it, down your brain can release those thoughts because it knows you have it saved somewhere else.

BONUS TIP: Keep a notepad by your bed so that when you're trying to sleep and you realize you have this extra thing to do tomorrow, you can write it down and forget about it and sleep well!

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Life can be difficult sometimes, but it's important to relax mentally as well as physically. Here's some step how to relax mentally!
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