Top of Mind
How to Relax
By Crown Affair
Sleep deprivation, body aches, decreased energy—the impacts of stress are wide ranging and generally terrible across the board. But (for obvious reasons) it’s never been more important to learn how to combat stress, self-soothe, and release tension from your body and mind. Luckily, the antidotes to stress are just as plentiful and wide-ranging as the causes… we just have to actually use them.
Physical relaxation comes in many forms—warm baths, stretching and yoga, even snacking on stress-friendly food and drinks. Green tea, for example, is packed with L-theanine known to relax the body and mind, while dark chocolate, honey, and mangos are also commonly cited stress-reducing foods. You can also release tension by shaking your body, dancing, or giving your scalp a nice massage. If you really need a minute, find a quiet place to put your head between your knees, get your head below your heart, and breathe deeply to restore your autonomic nervous system and cool your fight-or-flight response.
For mental and emotional relaxation, consider starting a gratitude journal to transform negative thoughts into positives, practicing meditation, or taking a walk outside. Try out a few techniques and always do what feels best for you. Whatever technique you land on, make sure to enjoy it. Having dedicated time to relax and recharge is one of the most productive things you can do—don’t let anyone tell you otherwise.
Yuki Ogura ‘Bathing Women’ (1938)