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Unusual Relaxation Techniques to Calm Down

At the end of a long day, everyone can relate to the burning need to unwind and forget their troubles, even if it's just for a few moments. For some, relaxing can be more difficult - it's tough to ask your ever-whirring brain to step away from thoughts of stress and anxiety, so there are a number of newly developed techniques that aim to relieve this pent-up tension. Though financial stressors can be relieved when you make money at home online with paid surveys, it can't hurt to blow off some steam with these unusual but highly effective methods.

Meditate with mantras
Everyone has heard the classic mock meditation - a person sits with legs crossed and repeats "om" over and over to find some inner peace. In fact, the technique has been proven to work in calming a user down considerably, but "om" can be switched out for another mantra or repeated phrase of any kind, according to the CalmClinic blog. Think of a word or phrase that calms you, even a person's name if that feels right, and sit in any relaxed position - the stereotypical cross-legged stance isn't a must. Focus on your breathing, and once you're completely comfortable, feel free to start introducing your mantra into the mix, wiping any negative thoughts from your mind and honing in on the present, peaceful moment.

Watch an ASMR video online
Though this technique has yet to be scientifically proven, the numbers don't lie - the auto-sensory meridian response craze has been taking over YouTube, with millions of views on videos depicting popular users' relaxation techniques. Originally discovered in 2009, ASMR is a tingle sensation in a person's brain triggered by gentle noises, usually whispering or other quiet activity. The craze has fully taken off, baffling those who do not experience the auto-sensory benefits. Vice writer Harry Cheadle explained the videos, which are produced prolifically by a few different vloggers who whisper through activities like eye exams and makeup routines to calm the viewer.

"From what I understand from conversations with ASMRers, it's a tingle in your brain, a kind of pleasurable headache that can creep down your spine," he explained. "It's a shortcut to a blissed-out meditative state that allows you to watch long videos that for someone who doesn't have ASMR are mind-meltingly dull."

ASMR is still being studied professionally, but is a completely holistic way to relieve stress, focus on something very specific and try something new without the fear of side-effects that comes with medication and other quick solutions. Just sit back, relax and enjoy the tingle - you're in good company.

When you get paid for taking surveys, a lot of stress can be lifted from everyday life, but this doesn't mean you'll be totally stress-free. When everything starts to feel overwhelming, use these techniques to unwind and become comfortable in your own skin - your body and mind will thank you for it.

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