How do you know when it’s time to relax your nerves? You are constantly anxious, you feel restless all the time and you cannot focus on doing anything right.
At night, you stare at the ceiling for hours. The last time you checked, the time was 2.00 a.m. You finally fall asleep and then you wake up and it’s 4.00 a.m. You keep telling yourself you need to relax.
You find yourself staring at the ceiling until your clock goes off at 6.00 a.m. and you have to get up to get ready for work. You go to work feeling tired and grumpy and no amount of coffee or sugar can help you. You need to relax your nerves naturally and here are some tips.
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Find the cause of your anxiety and restlessness
Instead of consuming coffee and sugar all day to relax your nerves, identify the source of your problem and fix it. Is it the work at your job or school getting to you?
If so, find a better system to manage your time. Create a time table for your life and schedule activities into slots allowing time for rest.
Are people getting to you like your boss, partner, parent, children, friend, or neighbour? If so, then work on your relationships immediately.
Natural ways to relax your nerves
If you are looking for immediate results to relax your body without the sugar, caffeine, nicotine or pills, here are some natural ways to get a good night’s rest:
1. Slow down your breathing
If you are not familiar with taking long deep breaths, then this strategy might be a little tough at first. To begin, try breathing in through your nose for 6 seconds and then breathing out through your nose or mouth for another 6 seconds.
Do this repeatedly until your body feels calm. Practise breathing slowly every day for at least one minute and relax your nerves regularly.
2. Read a book
Reading requires a lot of focus and it is impossible to do so successfully while being anxious. Make an attempt to read a novel or an educational journal just before bedtime.
Your nerves will relax very quickly while your brain tries to comprehend the information which you have presented.
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3. Write in a journal
Just before you go to bed, clear your thoughts by writing in a journal. Try to recall all the activities of your day both positive and negative and jot them down in writing.
If one activity needs more attention than the others then flesh it out as much as possible. Feel free to be yourself at this time and say all the things you wish to say in your journal. Putting your thoughts on paper helps to clear your head and relax your body.
4. Listen to soothing music
Anxiety may be caused by reasons that you can’t put your finger on, but a great song that makes you feel to dance and laugh will calm your nerves any day.
Instead of staying awake all night, put on some calming music at an appropriate volume or wear headphones that will send you off into dream land quickly.
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5. Take a warm bath
Maybe you can’t relax because your mind and body are too hyper. A long warm bath immediately calms your muscles and slows down your breathing. Be careful not to put the water too hot because you can raise your blood pressure.
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7. Get a massage
If you are a lucky one to have a masseuse at hand to massage your body from head to toe, then there is the answer to your sleepless nights problem. Get a massage and relax your body as often as possible.
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