Between work, cultivating personal relationships, and trying to be an engaged citizen, I don't think I've been relaxed since I had a Razor phone. If I had know that feeling constantly overwhelmed was part of the adulthood package, I probably would've pulled a Peter Pan years ago. But alas, I didn't, so here I am, facing the anxiety-inducing life of a grownup like the rest of you. If you're like me, you've probably tried dozens of fads to try to destress with no luck, so I'm thinking of giving old-fashioned relaxation techniques a try instead.
Although anxiety levels have never been higher in the United States, according to Newsweek, humans being stressed out isn't a new thing. Apparently, people have had trouble relaxing since, well, always.We have records of stress dating back to 2000 years ago, according to scientists and authors Florent Elefteriou and Preston Campbell in their book Bone Cancer, a portion of which is available via Science Direct.But the good news is that because people have been tense since the dawn of time, tried-and-true relaxation techniques have been around for almost just as long. And really, some people find that old-fashioned health tips are more effective than modern trends — why fix it if it ain't broke?
So if you're ready to try to something "new," read on for seven old-fashioned relaxation techniques that will bring you peace of mind and have you feeling calm from your head to your toes.