To-do lists, fears and anxieties, and general discomforts have a way of sneaking into our lives and preventing us from relaxing when we need to. These days, 25 percent of Americans experience high levels of stress, and another 50 percent report moderate levels.
The Oxford dictionary defines "relaxation" as reaching a state of freedom from these physical and mental tensions—easier said than done. Thankfully, there are plenty of holistic techniques that can help us unwind after a long day and recover from stressful moments that leave us less-than-Zen.
Here's a comprehensive guide to crafting a surrounding that promotes relaxation and using mind-body techniques to unwind: