Easy ways to start chilling out

There's no running away from stress. But there are ways in which you can help yourself relax more fully.

Behavioural psychologist Dr. Helgo Schomer advises that tense energy can lead to restlessness and the feeling of being overwhelmed.

To deal with this, tense energy can can be countered by proactively creating calm energy to help relax the mind and body.

The idea is that this makes the fullness of the brains capacity available for the task before you.

Dr Helgo Schomer, behavioural psychologist

According to Dr. Schomer, when people are tense they exhibit the following physical signs:

  • shoulders hunched forward
  • stiff neck
  • irregular breathing
  • headaches

Schomer explains that calm energy helps the brain process everything better.

He advised that the following are some ways to harness calm energy:

  • physical exercise
  • relieving water activities (such as surfing)
  • body relaxation techniques (such as autogenic training)
  • disconnecting from digital space

Dr. Schomer unpacked several exercises that are designed to help reverse the physiological effects of stress and tension.

Listen to all Dr. Schomer's expert advice below:


Read More
Parental vigilance essential in averting drug-addicted kids, psychologist says

Parental vigilance essential in averting drug-addicted kids, psychologist says

Drug addiction doesn't discriminate and can affect any family. Khosi Jiyane explores difficulties parenting kids hooked on drugs.

Mugabe is the master of deception - Zim political analyst

Mugabe is the master of deception - Zim political analyst

President Mugabe has not resigned as many had hoped. Two Zimbabwean analysts weigh in on what could happen next to the president.

Talking Sex with Dr Eve: Bullied as a child, sexually dysfunctional as an adult?

Talking Sex with Dr Eve: Bullied as a child, sexually dysfunctional as an adult?

Eusebius McKaiser and resident sexologist Dr Eve speak about how being bullied as a child could affect your adult sexual life.

ANC stalwarts to host independent consultative conference

ANC stalwarts to host independent consultative conference

Karima Browns says the ANC has responded to the stalwarts' gathering stating it is not a sanctioned party event.

Naked Scientist: Discovery of an earth-sized planet called Ross-128b

Naked Scientist: Discovery of an earth-sized planet called Ross-128b

Chris Smith joins the Eusebius McKaiser Show every Friday to answer questions on science or just about anything else.

10 tips for students experiencing anxiety or trauma

10 tips for students experiencing anxiety or trauma

Psychologist Dr Schomer offers advice to students amid trauma from disputes with university management and various authorities.

Popular articles
Financially prepare yourself before the wedding bells

Financially prepare yourself before the wedding bells

Liberty Legal Marketing Specialist, Faeeza Khan talk us through a few financial pointers before getting hitched.

Oscar's family unhappy with producers as movie makes SA debut this weekend

Oscar's family unhappy with producers as movie makes SA debut this weekend

The movie stars Joburg-born actor Andreas Damm as Pistorius and Victoria Secret model Toni Garrn as Reeva Steenkamp.

Statement to remove LLB programme from SA universities is misleading: Max Price

Statement to remove LLB programme from SA universities is misleading: Max Price

Max Price says Council on Higher Education's announcement that UKZN, UCT and UL could lose their LLB accreditation is not right.

Is taking items from the hotel room stealing?

Is taking items from the hotel room stealing?

Tsogo Sun Cape regional manager explains which items are free to be taken home by guests and why.

WATCH: Innovative spray limits toilet flushes and saves water

WATCH: Innovative spray limits toilet flushes and saves water

Loo Me is a simple yet effective scented foam that takes the yuck out of "mellowing" toilets preventing multiple flushes.