If you find it much easier to engage in alertness and wakefulness as compared to relaxation and sleep, you’re in good company. Humans can force themselves to pull an all-nighter or stay up late but can’t really force themselves to fall asleep.
Immediately calming down and relaxing needs practice and because it’s hard to control the mind with the mind, try engaging the body to access calm states.
Next time your mind gets stuck in a loop or you need to disengage from your thoughts, check out the content section 🎧 on the Earkick selfcare companion app.
Make short breathing sessions your superpower and train your nervous system to go from high alert to deep relaxation within minutes. Try engaging music’s positive effect on your emotional well-being by tuning into the Ambiance mixer whenever you need to destress. At work, in sports, art or innovation, remember that your power is proportional to your ability to relax.
Want to dig deeper into the science of recovery and how to train relaxation in real time? Check out the following sources:
- Breathing for Mental & Physical Health & Performance
- Recovery from Work: Advancing the Field Toward the Future
- The recovery paradox: Portraying the complex interplay between job stressors, lack of recovery, and poor well-being
- How to Recover from Work Stress, According to Science
- Micro-break activities at work to recover from daily work demands
- Research Overview on Ultradian Rhythms
- How to Relax in Stressful Situations: A Smart Stress Reduction System
- Relaxation Techniques
- Effectiveness of Progressive Muscle Relaxation, Deep Breathing, and Guided Imagery in Promoting Psychological and Physiological States of Relaxation
- The Effect of Guided Relaxation on Cortisol and Affect: Stress Reactivity as a Moderator
- Science On Relaxation Training
Prefer listening to reading? Give your eyes a break with this podcast:
Dr. Andrew Huberman — A Neurobiologist on Optimizing Sleep, Enhancing Performance, Reducing Anxiety, Increasing Testosterone, and Using the Body to Control the Mind
The Earkick selfcare companion app is built on four science-based elements. Check out the respective blog post on why and how we designed it.
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