Another way to encourage relaxation is develop a regular mediation practice. Research now shows that meditating each day for 30 min helps reduce anxiety and stress, increases one’s sense of self, improves one’s memory and increases empathy. There are different forms of meditation. For some they just sit and focus on their breathing. Many Eastern traditions of medication have people use a mantra to place their attention on. You might try different things in the beginning.
Simple meditation instructions would be to find a quiet place. Sit upright and simply close your eyes and watch your breath come in and out. Focus your attention on the sensations of breathing. If thoughts arise then allow them to just pass by just like a cloud would come and go. Then come back to your breath. This is a form of meditation called “mindful mediation”. It is a ancient Buddhist practice. If this is too difficult for you, you might try meditating with your eyes open. How do you do this? Chose an object to focus your attention on like the second hand of a clock or the light from a candle and place your attention on it. In the beginning you may only be able to do 5 min at a time. Over time though increase it to 20 min or more a day. Maybe all you can do is10 min in the morning and 10 min in the evening. That would be great. The more you do it the calmer mind will become, as you are better able to witness your thoughts.
Meditation can help you to create a greater sense of an objective observer. It will act as a way to unwind your mind, thoughts, considerations and even limiting belief systems. In essence it will lead you on a path of self-discovery to understand the truth of who you are. This practice may sound simple but its effects are very powerful, very real and will not only affect your brain but your entire experience of life as you know it.