Taking time to relax is a critical component of self-care, especially during this unusual holiday season. It’s important to allow yourself to de-stress and unwind throughout period that has been stressful on everyone. If you’re having trouble relaxing or controlling your worries, consider reaching out to a friend or counselor. Confidant can connect you with a trusted provider that has the tools necessary to help manage your anxiety, so you can start relaxing.

Consider these tips to help you throughout your treatment. 

Practice Meditation

Meditation is a centuries’ old technique for relaxation that has numerous mental and physical benefits. Simply find a quiet space and a comfortable position. Now, focus on an object, sensation, or movement, such as swaying branches, or even your breathing. 

Be sure to check out Confidant’s selection of free mindfulness tools for help getting started. 

Adopt Deep Breathing Techniques 

 Studies show that simple breathing techniques can improve emotional control and promote psychological well-being. 

Begin in a comfortable position, such as lying on your back. Breathe in through your nose and feel your stomach rise. Slowly exhale through your nose and feel your stomach fall. If you need guidance, Confidant offers a collection of simple deep breathing exercises to lead the way. 

Learn to Let it Out

Bottling up your emotions can take a serious toll on your mental health. Allow yourself to cry, scream, or whatever you need to let it out. Creative outlets like singing, dancing, or poetry can also help release emotions. 

Connect with Nature

Even if we can't travel this holiday season, we can still find ways to spend time outdoors. Elevate your mindfulness techniques by connecting with nature.  Whether you choose to take a walk in the park or even relax in your backyard, the sounds, and scenery of nature can be a soothing remedy for anxiety.

Use Your Hands

If you’re having trouble sitting still or letting yourself relax, try doing something calming but productive with your hands. Activities like painting, adult coloring, knitting, or puzzles are all hobbies that can give your mind a much-needed break. The repetition and lack of concentration needed for these activities allow you to clear your head in a safe, creative way.

Take a Break from Your Cell Phone

Recent studies establish a link between increased screen time and higher levels of anxiety and depression. In other words, spending more time on your cell phone or laptop can make it difficult for you to relax.

Consider setting your phone aside for a minimum of 30 minutes each day. Even short breaks from technology can help you relax better. Plus, you can use this time to practice meditation or take up a new hobby.

Work in the Kitchen 

Chocolate may not be the answer to everything, but baking or cooking can be a soothing and relaxing activity. Much like painting or knitting, working in the kitchen is something productive you can do that shows your creativity. Even better, once you clear your head, you can enjoy whatever you whipped up.

Stick with What Works for You 

Once you’ve found a relaxation technique that works for you, stick with it and make it as stress free as possible. If you’re cooking, give yourself plenty of time and avoid pressure from other people. If you’re painting or creating, don’t worry about how it turns out—enjoy the moment. 

Relaxation takes practice, but Confidant is here to help. With workbook exercises and mindfulness techniques, you can learn to release your stress and relax.