Are your days filled with so many responsibilities you are tense and anxious? If so, it's no wonder you don't always know how to relax. Not letting go, though, may lead to burnout. Here's how you can release anxiety and pressure.

Recognise what relaxation means to you

Everyone has their idea of how to describe relaxation. For some, it's climbing a mountain. Others choose to laze in a hammock with a cocktail or two.

Ask yourself what relaxing means to you, and an image might spring to mind. Don't over-think it; just note the ingredients on view. Perhaps you associate letting go with nature? Or like to relax in company? Are food, drinks, and comfort involved?

Note the pictures your mind shows you and do your best to recreate them. You might not be able to travel to a deserted island or swim with dolphins, for example, but you could visit the beach with a picnic and a martini, or go to an aquarium to see the marine life on display.

Schedule time for relaxation

Make relaxation part of your daily plan. Mark the occasion in your diary, as you would any other appointment, and you'll recognise it's an indispensable part of your routine. You might visit your favorite coffee shop and watch the world go by as you sip java. Or choose to dance, sing, or meditate. Consider, in advance, how you will use your allocated relaxation time, and it won't go to waste.

Have an adventure

No doubt, you've heard a change is as good as a rest. New places and enterprises can remove everyday stress and restore well-being, so embark on an adventure, even if it's small. What don't you do that thing you know you'll enjoy? Maybe you will visit your local beauty spot or head to the theater.

Then again, you might think of another venture that will take you from your usual routine and increase well-being. Aim to have mini escapades often, and you won't get stuck in an anxiety-rut.

Create a tranquil mindset

You need not step outside your front door to relax. Sit back in a comfy seat and visualize a place filled with calm and peace. Use your imagination to build the perfect haven, including sensory elements like the sound of chimes and scent of jasmine. Practice, until you are adept so you always have a useful tool to help you relax.

Change your mindset with music

Studies show music can alter brainwaves and aid relaxation. Listen to uplifting or exquisite compositions. However, don't confuse calming songs with sad ones: you want to relax rather than introduce anxiety.

If you aren't sure which tunes to pick, try brainwave entrainment designed to mitigate stress. Alternatively, look for happy classical music or positive songs on YouTube; there are many feel-good tracks available.

Relax in ways you enjoy most and stress won't build. You'll feel more peaceful and well-balanced when you don't cave in to pressure and struggle with its impact.