ICE 4 Life

Relaxation

Relaxation is very important as it is the opposite of being tense and anxious. The more tense we are the more we will think negatively about what is happening to us. There are many different ways to relax. The important thing is to try different ways until you find something that is right for you.

Try some of these proven relaxation techniques …

• Sit quietly in a relaxed position, focus on your breathing, breathe deeply and slowly… in through your nose and out through your mouth.

• Practice doing things slowly and carefully, focus on the small details of each task.

• Make sure you have fun and treat yourself every day.

• Do relaxing things each day like sport, exercise, listen to music or whatever you enjoy.

• Take lots of short breaks when studying.

• Spread your interests and time into a range of different activities.

• Make time for your friends… talk to them on the phone or go out.

• Watch TV programmes and films that make you laugh.

• Have a warm bubbly bath.

• Take a walk on a regular basis.

• Drink lots of water.


The mind has a way of ‘chattering’ away to us whilst we are going about our daily routines. A way to relax is to focus your attention on one task at a time and slow down your actions. For example, you could be washing up at the sink and whilst you are doing this, your mind could be wandering around thinking about the next task, what you have to do tomorrow etc… In this situation you could look at each item you are washing and focus on cleaning it… do this very slowly, paying attention to details of the items you are washing. By slowing down your actions and paying attention to the finer details of what you are doing, you can learn to relax more.