self help Relaxation Techniques for depression


Easy Relaxation TechniquesRelaxation Techniques

Relaxation techniques used for depression and anxiety, immensely increases your chances of healing and within a much shorter duration of time.

Here we’ll talk specifically about the many various relaxation techniques available for your use on YourAdvoKit. This is an extensive list, however, it’s not a complete one. You could search online and find more. But the ones I’ve listed here are some of the most common; and best forms to use.

Remember, all these methods are intended for restoring peace and used for temporary and permanent, inner calm. They’re often used in conjunction with other types of therapies. Of course, used by themselves, they can be extremely effective too but this really depends on the severity of your mental health. And finally, I don’t want to sound like a broken record…however, please remember to consult with a licensed professional first. Confirm what you’re “treating” is in deed the correct diagnosis.

Below is the list of the most common Relaxation Techniques:

  • Guided Imagery
  • EFT (Tapping)
  • Yoga
  • Meditation
  • Hypnosis
  • Tai chi
  • Art therapy
  • Aromatherapy

Hypnosis: Hypnosis is “a state of consciousness that involves complete focused attention and a reduced awareness around you. Creating a state that better enables you to respond to the underlying suggestion.”

When done correctly, you should experience both a heightened focus and the ability to concentrate without any disturbance; allowing you to concentrate intently on a specific thought or memory.

This can be done by another person, such as a therapist, or you can learn self-hypnosis and do it yourself.

If Hypnosis is a relaxation technique that resonates with you and your lifestyle; click here for more in depth information as well as the reports and worksheets you can download and begin using today.

EFT/Tapping: is “a simple technique [in fact, a couple of techniques combined] involving ‘tapping’ certain median points, while chanting a mantra or affirmation related to the topic you choose to work on at the time. It can be used for improving self-esteem, pain management and even dieting.”

If EFT/Tapping is is a relaxation technique that resonates with you and your lifestyle; click here for more in depth information as well as the reports and worksheets you can download and begin using today.

Guided Imagery: Here you focus on pleasant images. These images are meant to replace negative energy and stressful feelings.

If Guided Imagery is a relaxation technique that resonates with you and your lifestyle; click here for more in depth information as well as the reports and worksheets you can download and begin using today.

Yoga: Yoga is so much more than postures in a type of meditation and someone sitting on a mat, cross legged position; fingers pinched, eyes closed. Yoga is “one of the greatest ways to heal your mind, body and soul. And one of the easiest ways that you can gain flexibility and overall well-being.”

When you use the word yoga, what you may not know is that you’re actually referring to several different forms of meditation. Each of these forms will have various exercises including exercises that practice breathing control.

Whether the focus is on exercising or breathing, will depend on the yoga style that you use. Certain movements within yoga focus on stress while others focus on healing from illnesses, injuries and battling diseases.

If yoga is a relaxation technique that resonates with you and your lifestyle; click here for more in depth information as well as the reports and worksheets you can download and begin using today.

Mindful Meditation: Mindful meditation means “that the user is present or aware of the moment he or she is currently in.” The reason that it’s important to practice this form of meditation is because of how it can help your life.

Mindful meditation isn’t meant for practicing to make any big changes in your life like EFT/Tapping will help you do. Its purpose is to get you to see what already exists that very moment.

So often, we tend to keep looking in the rear view mirror or worrying about what might happen in the future. But Mindful Meditation keeps you in the present moment so that you can work on what’s at hand. By focusing “on the moment” you can improve what will happen in your future. This kind of meditation also teaches you to accept, and like yourself and your life in this moment.

If Mindful Meditation is a relaxation technique that resonates with you and your lifestyle; click here for more in depth information as well as the reports and worksheets you can download and begin using today.

Progressive Relaxation: aka “Jacobson Relaxation” or “Progressive Muscle Relaxation,” involves “tightening and relaxing various muscle groups. It is often combined with guided imagery and breathing exercises.” A bit more complex…but the more work, the more reward.

If Progressive Relaxation is a type of meditation that resonates with you and your lifestyle; click here for more in depth information as well as the reports and worksheets you can download and begin using today.

Tai Chi: is “an ancient Chinese practice that utilizes slow, consistent and flowing movements to stretch and strengthen various muscles in your body.  It also promotes an overall sense of well-being.”

It’s based on the knowledge that a person can control certain aspects of their body and mind to help promote inner healing - both physically and mentally. Tai Chi’s movements are designed to stretch and strengthen your muscles and bones.

Balance within your mind can also be achieved using Tai Chi. When you succumb to stress, your mind takes the brunt of it.  Tai Chi teaches you to focus your energies - not on the stress - but on relaxation and inner peace; which slowly builds a sense of calm and diminishes any anxiety you may have felt previously.

If Tai Chi is a type of meditation that resonates with you and your lifestyle; click here for more in depth information as well as the reports and worksheets you can download and begin using today.

Art Therapy: can be used to assist with both emotional and physical healing and growth. Everyone can benefit from it because it doesn’t require talent or any kind of technical abilities. Art therapy can include coloring, painting, simple sculpting, drawing, collage or crafts. Currently, “coloring books for adults” are all the rage. But I don’t see this as a fad or something that will go away any time soon. It’s simplistic, portable, inexpensive and well…fun! **Note: Argh, the technicalities…the above listed is NOT considered “therapy” unless done under a licensed professionals watchful eye. Doing these kinds of ‘arts’ at home are very stress relieving, however…”art therapy” is truly NOT “therapy” unless done with a licensed professional. So I've renamed it! From here on out, it's "Art TheraFree!"

If Art 'TheraFree' is a type of meditation that resonates with you and your lifestyle; click here for more in depth information as well as the reports and worksheets you can download and begin using today.

Aromatherapy: is “a type of therapy that involves essential oils derived from herbs, plants and flowers. Aromatherapy treatments may include massage, baths or inhalation therapies. But you can also safely and effectively perform Aromatherapy at home too.”

If Aromatherapy is a type of meditation that resonates with you and your lifestyle; click here for more in depth information as well as the reports and worksheets you can download and begin using today.

Other relaxation techniques

Listed below are even more forms of relaxation techniques. All of them are extremely useful, and effective ways to treat your depression and anxiety. As I continue to build, write and obtain more detailed reports, descriptions and worksheets; then they will have their own designated page too as do the techniques listed above.

Until then; here they are:

  • Reflexology/Massage
  • Audio/CD's
  • Deep Breathing
  • Biofeedback

Remember, depression has a profound effect not only on your mind, but your body too and tenfold if left untreated for too long. 

YourAdvoKit strives to inform you of all the methods available so that you may add as many as needed to your “mental health toolbox.” We work hard to make sure this information is affordable, if not free because a healthy mentality should be a given, and something you DESERVE and I wish for you.

Hugs ~ Susan