How to Relax with the Help of Your 5 Senses

Simple pleasures in life could be the solution to reducing your high-stress levels. Whenever you’re feeling tension or pressure in your body, all you need to do is tap into your five senses to relax and unwind.

Believe it or not, engaging your senses can help you to become a calmer, happier person, so you’ll be ready for any challenge life throws at you. Read on to find out how to relax with the help of your five senses.

 

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Hearing (Audition)

Have you ever noticed how the sound of rain or crashing waves makes you feel calm and relaxed? That’s because certain sounds can slow down your racing mind. For example, whenever you feel stressed at work, it could help to listen to calming piano or classical music. Soothing sounds can alter your brain waves, which can aid relaxation. It can also help to keep your eyes closed to enhance the sound.

 

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Taste (Gustation)

Mindful eating and drinking can help to ease your restless mind. For instance, if you drink ginger tea, swish it around your mouth to identify its various flavors, which might be bitter, salty, sweet, savory or sour. If you drink or eat slowly and aim to appreciate every flavor on your tongue, it can help to distract your mind and relax your body.

 

Smell (Olfaction)

Aromatherapy is a proven way to reduce your stress levels and relax your mind and body. Whenever life is getting you down and your stress levels are at an all-time high, you should breathe in some beautiful scents.

For example, there is nothing better than the scent of baked bread, the natural aroma of freshly cut grass, or the sweet fragrance of chamomile tea. You can also instantly reduce your stress levels once you return home from work by making your home smell fresh with a perfumed candle, which you can find at Pairfum.com. Find a scent which can ease your nerves and make you happier and feel at home.

Have you considered using pillow sprays to help you fall asleep and improve the quality of your sleep? By choosing a scent proven to work, such as lavender and chamomile, you can aid sleep and wake up in the morning beautifully refreshed.

 

Touch (Somatosensation)

Touch is often overlooked when it comes to lowering your stress levels, but it could be a powerful way to unwind your mind and body. For instance, you can care for your mental and physical health by giving a loved one a hug. Hugging can reportedly release oxytocin in your body, which is a chemical that makes you feel happier and can strengthen your personal connections. It is also believed that stroking a pet, such as a cat or a dog’s fur, can have the same effect. So, show your pet or partner some TLC once you arrive home, as it will provide health benefits for both of you.

 

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Sight (Vision)

Your interior design colors could be causing you more harm than good. For example, red is an angry color, so it could actually heighten your stress levels once you step inside a room. If you want to create a calming, tranquil home, choose calming shades of blue and green.

Other relaxing sights that can decrease your stress levels can include watching a sunrise or birds taking flight. Also, if you are struggling to sleep at night, switch off your electronic devices, which will emit a blue light that will keep you awake, and enjoy more natural sights, such as staring up at the starry sky.

Catalina Magee

Founder / Owner of Trend Prive Magazine. Romanian-born American, "seasoned" in Italy, "cooked" in Germany and currently serving in Israel. NCIS Special Agent in Charge EA.

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