Relaxation techniques have been developed to help us manage our mind and body’s response to stress, anxiety and worry. Knowing how to relax is really important for our mental and physical health.
People who’re able to relax are more likely to bounce back from tough times, tend to be happier and have better physical health. They’re also less likely to develop serious mental health difficulties.
There are a lot of different ways to relax. A lot of things, like walking and sitting quietly, are really simple, easy to do and don’t take much time. Others require more discipline and some training.
It’s important to encourage your son or daughter to find which form works for them.
Relaxation activities to try could include:
Mindfulness is about being fully aware of living in the moment. Being in the present moment can help us all cope better with our lives and feel happier.
It’s a simple, but powerful way of keeping us in touch with what’s really important about our lives. Mindfulness helps us not to get bogged down by past mistakes or worrying about the future.
More people across the world are recognising the benefits of mindfulness. If someone is stressed or anxious, they often worry about what might happen in the future rather than what is happening in the present. Mindfulness brings attention to the present moment as opposed to focusing on what might happen.
Mindfulness has also been used in cases of depression. It has been found that mindfulness training helps people who are depressed to become aware of their thoughts and redirect their attention to other aspects of the present moment.
When we’re mindful, it:
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