8 relaxation tips for your mental health

1. Take a break!

Relaxation doesn’t have to take up lots of your time. Just a few minutes having a break from your normal routine and thoughts can provide enough space to help you feel calmer. Read a book, watch a film, have a bath, play with a pet, go for a walk.

2. Try active relaxation!

Take a walk, try yoga, pilates or gentle stretching, all can help you to feel more relaxed.

3. Focus on your breathing!

Deep breathing can help to make you feel calmer. Breathe in through your nose and out through your mouth. Keep your shoulders relaxed and place your hand on your stomach, feeling it rise and fall as you breathe, or you could try counting as you breathe, start by breathing in for four and then out for four.

4. Get Creative!

Being creative can help you to feel calm and relaxed, try painting, drawing, making crafts, knitting, dancing or baking. Don’t worry about the finished product, just focus on enjoying yourself.

5. Spend time in nature!

Take a walk in the countryside and take time to notice the trees, flowers, plants and animals.

6. Listen to music!

Music can relax you, connect you to your emotions and distract you from worrying thoughts. Play your favourite songs, turn up the volume and sing along or sit back, close your eyes and carefully listen to the beats.

7. Do a tech check!

Technology has many benefits but at times it can be negative and contribute to feelings of stress. Take regular breaks, turn off your phone for an hour, set aside times where you will not go on social media. Use this time to do something else you enjoy.

8. Picture yourself somewhere serene!

Use your imagination and transport yourself. Think of somewhere relaxing and peaceful, close your eyes and think about this place. What does it look like? What sounds can you hear? Let your mind drift and your body relax.

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