Thankfully we are all beautifully unique individuals, even if we have an identical sibling. Our tastes vary from person to person and even from day to day. We sleep better under specific conditions, we enjoy some foods better than others, we have different rituals we follow, we laugh at different things, we show love in different ways. And we use different ways to relax and relieve stress.
There are a few universal ways to relieve stress, including abdominal breathing or some other type of mindful breathing, Yoga, meditation, or spending time in nature. Some people relax by cooking or baking (yes this can be very relaxing), getting a massage or some sort of body work, running, reading, writing, napping, needlework, petting the dog or cat, or watching fish or birds. There are so many great ways to unwind and enjoy life.
And there is Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT) Tapping. Tapping is one of my favorite tools for relieving stress. It can be as simple as holding the finger points without words, even when I don’t think I need it. Sometimes especially when I don’t think I need it. After just a few minutes I feel more calm. I practice general tapping multiple times daily just to stay centered and relaxed. And most days I come up against some challenge in my day where I stop and become aware of what I am feeling, where I feel it in my body, and how intensely I’m feeling it. Once I have an idea of what I’m feeling, I start tapping using words to describe exactly that. It becomes so easy because it is just that simple. Maybe I’ve recently experienced an unpleasant memory and my brain, sensing a threat or danger based on previous experience and trying to protect me, immediately recreates the same emotions that I experienced at the time of the incident. I notice, I rate how intensely I feel it, I tap and I rate again. Then I tap more as needed, using more specific words.
What techniques work best for you when you want to relax and unwind?