1. Binaural Beats
Binaural beats are a unique type of sound that can be used in different frequencies to produce relaxation, focus, and creativity.
Binaural beats occur when two tones with very similar frequencies are listened to at the same time, one in each ear. The brain harmonizes these two sounds into a vibration called a binaural beat.
Listening to relaxing binaural beats is like getting a brain massage. You can listen to them while working or just on their own. Make sure to use headphones.
2. Alternate Nostril Breathing
This funny-sounding technique was discovered by ancient yogis and recently given credence byon the nasal cycle. Alternate Nostril Breathing brings your nervous system into balance and promotes calm. And it only takes a couple minutes!
Repeat the following 3-step cycle for 2 minutes:
1. Close your right nostril with a finger and inhale through your left nostril for 4 seconds.
2. Immediately close your left nostril while opening your right nostril and exhale through this nostril for 6 seconds.
3. Inhale through your right nostril for four seconds. Close your right nostril with your right thumb and exhale through the left nostril for eight seconds. This completes one cycle.
3. Lavender Oil
One of the most versatile essential oils, lavender boasts many uses in aromatherapy. It is especially prized though for its powers of relaxation.
Suggested use: rub 3-4 drops of lavender oil in your cupped palms, then inhale, breathing in slowly for a few minutes. Then apply the oil to your temples. You can also place a few droplets on your pillow at night for more restorative sleep.
4. Acupressure Mats
Did you know you can get many of the benefits of acupuncture in your own home without having any needles pricked into you?
An acupressure mat is a foam pad embedded with plastic discs that contain hundreds of tiny spikes. Lying on an acupressure mat for 5-20 minutes can relieve stress, alleviate pain, and also boost sleep as a pre-bedtime routine. Note: since you’re lying on sharp spikes it may be unpleasant for the first couple minutes until your body adjusts to it and a wave of relaxation washes over.
5. Online Calm
While getting outdoors is ideal,is my go-to spot for digital relaxation. At this online oasis of calm, you’ll find guided meditation ranging from 2 to 20 minutes. But you don’t have to do the meditation. On the bottom right you can switch through different nature backgrounds. It’s available on modern browsers as well as Android and iOS