“Relax”… That is a word easier said than done. For most people, controlling your chain of thoughts and relaxing your mind is a rather difficult task, especially for those people who suffer from mental disorders including depression and anxiety, which keeps the mind running and then results in psychological and physical tiredness. Many people also complain about being unable to relax before sleeping i.e. their minds keep thinking too much too fast when they are trying to sleep which results in difficulty falling asleep. Obviously, panicking or being unable to relax in certain situations can result in rather destructive effects on one’s life in forms of bad decisions, wrong actions, and immature reflexes.

While psychologists and therapists maintain suggestions of meditation for all and any person, patient or not, suffering from trouble concentrating or relaxing, it is often difficult to reach that level of self-awareness or relaxation for many people as not everyone knows how to do meditation correctly. There are also people who generally just don’t like the idea of meditation for varying reasons.

However, if you are one of those people who just cannot go with meditation for any reason whatsoever, you can at least learn to relax your mind and your body. In fact, relaxing with the hacks listed in this article can give your body a similar effect as meditation, and keep you feeling just as good as you would if you meditated.

Relaxation Tips and Tricks to Help You Feel Better:

1- Get creative:

Creativity is the originator of all forms of art, from painting to writing and even dancing. Every person has art inside them; some realize their artistic sides by practice and exposure while others do not discover themselves enough. However, indulging in anything creative can divert your negative energy outwards and convert it into something beautiful, like a painting on a canvas that expresses your inner feelings. By doing so, you are using one of the main defense mechanisms identified by clinical psychology. This defense mechanism is called Sublimation. By making productive use of your negative emotions, you not only get rid of those emotions, but also, your mind clears up, you feel relaxed, and your mind is better able to process complex thinking then.

2- Befriend Yoga:

Yoga is one of the finest, most effective forms of meditation. Many people suggest that their inability to meditate is because meditation is very slow, often boring, activity. People realize its importance but are unable to instantly give the required level of focus and concentration in meditation, so yoga is a great alternative to that! It is just like exercise, has physical and psychological engagement, and allows for the body to feel relaxed rather than tired. The yoga poses or asanas are focused on achieving an aligned, focused, and well-aware mind and body that increases your bond with your inner self and your surroundings. What’s more? Yoga is found to be highly beneficial to increase your memory and the brain’s capability to process information better.

3- Make a Daily Journal:

Start maintaining a journal that you write in every day before bed. It is not necessary to write only the bad parts or the good parts of the day. In fact, the simple act of moving your hands to write on a paper can help trace out bad energy from within you. Moreover, by writing down as you think, you allow your mind to wander freely. This encourages not only a positively impacting energy in you, but helps you come up with creative ideas, and besides, who knows, maybe you had a hidden talent for writing poetry or stories that you never knew about?!

4- Cook Up Something You Love:

Cooking is a great exercise for your mind and body alike. While you cook, you are usually very focused as every ingredient has a specific ratio and there is a proper procedure to follow for the recipe. Moreover, cooking incorporates all your senses i.e. the food usually smells good, looks mouth-watering, tastes delicious, and feels good to touch, too! I mean, who would not want to hold a home-made fresh cheeseburger in their hands? Regardless, cooking takes your mind off of day to day worries and brings your attention to the process, which pays off when you finally sit down to eat what you cooked.

Modern times have made lives fast-paced, which results in a rather restless lifestyle. There is more stress in an average person’s life now, and the amount of business keeps everyone occupied with everything except themselves. Take time out for you – take time out to get in touch with your inner self. Even if you do not believe in anything spiritual, it can at least relax you.