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Relaxation and Sleep

Often when we’re not feeling our best it’s because we’re tired and need to slow down. Relaxation is an awesome way of maintaining good mental health. If you find yourself getting anxious, angry or overwhelmed try doing deep breaths, first in your nose and out your mouth and then in your mouth out your nose. Concentrating on your breathing will hopefully help to calm you down. You could also try this when you’re lying down in a quiet room or bath with some peaceful music- try to clear your mind by focusing on your breathing. Giving yourself a break from thinking about a problem not only helps to de-stress you but may give you a different perspective on how to handle the problem.
Even if you’re not feeling stressed or tense, doing some good quality deep breathing for just 10 minutes a day will help you feel more focused, awake and happy!

Something that’s just as important as relaxation is getting a good night’s sleep. Teenagers need more sleep than both adults and children- you may need up to 10 hours a day. If you don’t get enough sleep you can feel rundown, unmotivated, cranky, irritable and emotional so try hard to get your much needed sleep. If you’re not sleeping well some things you could try are:

  1. Try going to bed and getting up at the same time each day. Your body will soon get into a pattern.
  2. Exercising regularly
  3. Staying away from coffee, energy drinks and alcohol around bed time
  4. Turn off the TV a couple of hours before bedtime. Watching TV late at night makes it very hard to get to sleep.

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