For many of us, stress can occur to us anytime throughout our life especially when you have a hectic lifestyle. Trying to juggle our personal life and work life can sometimes cause us to stress, so it’s important to find some activities that can calm our mind and body to help us relax and just let go of thoughts that cloud our mind. Clown workshops are activities that practises different forms of self-awareness and relaxation through mindfulness, movements, dance, play, being still and so much more. We’ve also found some more classes that you can try to help you de- stress.
If you haven’t already heard or know about mindful meditation, it’s an activity that aims for your body and mind to be engaged in the now or what we call the present moment. Many people undergo this activity to relieve any worries, anxiety or stress that causes them to dwell on the past or the future.
Mindfulness meditation can be applied to various types of activities including mindful breathing, simple exercises and much more. Most meditation class will carry out the basic activity that involves sitting on the floor with your legs crossed and back straight while focusing on your breathing. The classes are held in an empty or quiet space away from any noises or distractions. You also have the option to have your eyes open or close. Keeping your eyes closed is the best way to meditate to let your mind wander and not have any distraction on site.
Yoga classes involve following some yoga poses and focusing on your breathing at the same time. The exercises are known to improve strength and flexibility and at the same time help you reduce stress and anxieties. Be aware that there are different types of yoga classes, so it’s important to do a few research before attending. Some examples of Yoga classes include Hatha, Anasura, Vinyasa and more. Each class specifically focuses on tackling different issues. For fighting against stress, we highly recommend the Hatha and Power Yoga.
A popular yoga pose called ‘Eagle Pose’ is known to be the best move that relieves your stress. It specifically targets any tension on your back and neck area. The pose can be applied by standing up with your right arm in level in your front. Then wrap your other arm under the front of your right. You then bring your palms together as if though you are praying. You can align both of your arms into position by lifting them up and away from your face.
Visualisation is another method of relaxation. The way it works is through visualising or imagining a scene or a place where you feel most at peace. The place can be anywhere you like, for instance, it can be somewhere from your childhood or simply a location you’ve created in your mind. The exercise is to feel as if though you are in that place at that moment so you would try to picture and feel everything from hearing, smelling, tasting and seeing. It’s an ideal activity for people who want to let go of their thoughts and shift their focus on relaxing and feeling at peace.
Self-massage can also be used to ease any body pain and help with calming your mind. Some example of self-massages includes massaging parts of your body and faces that you can easily access. This can be your face, your neck or shoulders. Normally, you can use some oils or lotions to increase relaxation.
Tai chi practises slow movement to improve relaxation and concentration. They regularly follow through a series of movements mainly martial arts which are carried out at a slower pace. It also involves some sort of meditation in the practice as they also focus on their breathing and making sure they are in the present moment.