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8 Relaxation Techniques You’ve Never Heard Of

We could all use more relaxation, right? If that sounds easier said than done, you may need to try a new approach. “You can’t be a healthy person if you’re tense and overstressed,” says Martin Meadows, author of How to Relax: Stop Being Busy, Take a Break and Get Better Results While Doing Less. These eight surprising relaxation techniques move beyond expected massages, yoga sessions, and mugs of green tea to set you on the fast lane to relaxation.By Moira Lawler

  • SHUTTERSTOCKWear a Calming ColorIt’s true: Certain colors help you relax, but first you need to consider your personality, says Davidji, author of next month’s Destressifying: The Real-World Guide to Personal Empowerment, Lasting Fulfillment, and Peace of Mind. If you’re a type-A personality, water-like colors such as blue and green will soothe you. “Anything with water helps our minds connect and calm down,” Davidji says. If you’re more laid-back, go for earth tones and pastels. Surround yourself with these hues, whether by decorating your bedroom or office with them or by throwing on a blouse in your calming color when you feel a stressful day on the horizon.

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