While stress is a typical day to day thing, it can have a myriad of adverse effects on your health, career, and personal relationships among other things. Fortunately, learning a few basic relaxation techniques can do wonders for you in terms of both physical and emotional health.

Here are 10 relaxation techniques that you should use to tackle stress


Meditation is a tremendous relaxation tool.  Sparing a few minutes to meditate regularly can immensely enhance your resilience towards stress. It also increases mental resources making you more capable, focused, and heightens emotional awareness leading to better judgment. Give meditation a try, and you’ll be surprised by how its effectiveness in stress prevention.

Breathing Exercises

This relaxation technique is highly effective in eliminating stress. Breathing exercises are not only easy to practice but costs you nothing, requires minimum space, can be done wherever and whenever you want without restrictions. Learn to take a deep breath then exhale through your mouth repeatedly for at least for 5 minutes a day, and you’ll never be sorry.

Listen to your favorite music.

Music is therapeutic. Listening to your favorite music whenever you are experiencing mild or chronic stress can help calm your mind, body, and soul. Crank up the volume if you like it that way provided it makes you feel relaxed and happy.

Focus on the present

Most of us tend to dwell so much on our past and future. Resultantly, we forget to enjoy our present thus making ourselves vulnerable to anxiety, and endless worries. Focus on the moment and stop worrying about the future. Enjoy your favorite drink, keep breathing and focus on living your present moment to the fullest.

Talk to someone

Feeling stressed? Well, reach out to someone you can trust. Sharing what’s stressing you with your best friend, spouse, relative, or colleague gives you a new perspective of things. You can always talk to your confidants on face to face basis or through the phone.


Exercising is one of the best relaxation techniques. Engaging in vigorous physical activities such as swimming, jogging, cycling, gymnastics or weight-lifting regularly comes with reduced stress, better sleep patterns, and enhanced immune system among others.

Watch a movie

Consider relaxing your mind by watching an interesting movie or TV series of your choice whenever you feel overwhelmed by stress. Movie therapy makes you feel better by improving your mood depending on what you choose to watch.

Have fun

Stress can make your life miserable unless you manage it well. Relieve stress by having fun with your close friends or loved ones. Having fun includes clubbing, picnicking, hiking, and road trips among others. Don’t allow stress to complicate your life when you can just enjoy it to the maximum.

Read an interesting book.

Keep your mind engaged by reading an intriguing book. Reading reduces stress effectively according to researchers. It’s the best way of distracting and calming your mind. Even 10 minutes of reading can be enough to reduce your stress by up to 75%.

Show gratitude

Focus on all the good things life has offered you and forget the negative ones. Show appreciation by celebrating your accomplishments irrespective of their size or significance, and you’ll zap stress effectively.