The best relaxation techniques involve our senses and our environment to dissolve stress. While less may not be more, less is best when examining the best relaxation techniques to make life feel less manic.

Aromatherapy using essential oils can be effectively integrated into many aspects of stress-relief.  In particular, the essential oils of Sweet Orange, Bergamot, Petitgrain, Lavender, Patchouli and Vetiver can help you unwind.

 

Strategic simplification of your day is at the heart of the best relaxation techniques. Begin with what’s in your bedroom, closet and bathroom. Getting up in the morning and out the door in time for school or work is stressful if you don’t have a system in place. Take a Saturday and arrange your go-to clothes — your “uniform” for the week– so it’s all clean, pressed, on hangers, and ready, within easy reach when the alarm goes off. Ladies, sort through your makeup and start throwing stuff out. All those gross, off-brand lip stains and eye shadows in weird colors you never wear– into the trash they go. The goal is to reduce the number of decisions you have to make each morning as the clock is ticking.  Create a grouping of essential items and products that you use every day, and make these accessible, since a simple daily routine is key to the best relaxation techniques.

Take this approach with the rest of your home and work-space. Throw out or recycle (i.e. , yard sale!) stuff you don’t use. Less is better. This applies to clothes which don’t fit, magazines and books you will never read, the ukelele you will never learn to play (really?), and stuff which is broken that you’ll never get around to fixing. It’s fine to have one or two unfinished projects awaiting your attention, but having too many leads to stress.

Apply this less-is-better strategy to your To Do list. Forget the multi-tasking concept; it turned out to be another bad idea from the 1980s, along with soy and big shoulder pads. Make your To-Do list shorter, and don’t try to do more than one thing at a time. Concentrate and complete one task, followed by another– your neurons will thank you for it, and you’ll feel less stressed.

One of the best relaxation techniques is this: do not become a disembodied  “floating head”. Remember that you have a body. If you support and honor the needs of your body, your brain will reward you with less stress and better performance.

Although life in a corporate cube may make you numb from the neck down, keep a pair of sneakers under your desk at all times. Break out of the cube and walk outdoors (rain won’t kill you) as often as you can get away with it. If you can’t leave the building, at least stand, stretch, and breathe deeply every 30 minutes. Becoming conscious of breath and mindful of body position is essential to the best relaxation techniques.