Top 5 Relaxation Tips to Improve Mental Health

At one point or another, we all find ourselves feeling stressed, overwhelmed, or anxious. This can be especially true for carers because of all the responsibilities that they often juggle at once. If this is something that you are struggling with, trying out some of these relaxation tips may be just what you need!

Try breathing deeply.

The next time you’re feeling overwhelmed, take some time out to do some deep breathing. It may seem simple and easy, but that’s because it is! Just by taking 30 seconds to breathe deeply in through your nose and out through your mouth, you will emerge feeling more relaxed than you were before.

Listen to music.

When you feel you might need to relax, simply listen to some music. Whether you’re sitting and quietly taking in all of the lyrics, or blasting it and dancing around your house, both can be extremely beneficial! For many people, music is an escape. This makes it the perfect way to spend a few minutes relaxing and focusing on something else!

Try active relaxation.

Active relaxation includes things like yoga, Pilates, and gentle stretching. These activities allow you to move around, deeply breathe, and relax while also staying fit! Yoga and Pilates can sometimes be intimidating for people. That’s okay! Simply taking 10 minutes to stretch your legs, neck, arms, and back can make a huge difference in the way that you feel.

Get in touch with your creative side!

Sometimes people find that engaging in creative activities can help them relax. Next time you are stressed, try painting, drawing, baking, or playing an instrument. These things can be outlets for many people that ultimately allow them to relax and feel calmer.

Take a break!

If you’re not in the mood to do some yoga or paint a picture, don’t worry. If you are feeling stressed the good news is that simply taking a small break can help you return to your tasks feeling more relaxed and energized. Take a short walk, read a book, have a cup of coffee, or just sit in a comfortable chair with your eyes closed. Chances are, you’ll emerge feeling better than you did before taking a break!

Need more support?

If you are feeling stressed or overwhelmed with your caring role, don’t worry! Suffolk Carers Matter is here for you. We offer free support, advice, and guidance and even have a free counselling service available should you need it!

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