It’s easy to relax when you are on holidays or on a weekend away. But let’s face it, when life is busy it can be much harder.
Fortunately, there are ways to make relaxing anywhere simple and quick, and remember that periodic breaks make you more productive!
Here’s 10 ways to relax at home or at the office:
Relaxing at Home:
- Turn off your phone. Make some time to disconnect for a while each day. Make family meals or prep your food for the next day or so and make the final hours before bed a phone-free time.
- Listen to music. Besides giving you all the feels, music is a huge stress-reliever. Blast your favourite song or play a spotify playlist.
- Meditate briefly. Even a few minutes of meditation can increase your mindfulness. Pull up a cushion and observe your thoughts. You could also do a short meditation in your living room or patio.
- Drink green tea. This herbal tonic gives you the benefits of L-Theanine, a chemical that can help reduce the body’s stress responses.
- Use essential oils. Sample a variety of essential oils used for relaxation. You may discover a personal favourite, or you may want to rotate among lavender, valerian, and bergamot.
Relaxing at Work:
- Breathe deeply. When you feel tense, turn your attention to your breath. Inhale deeply from your abdomen and lengthen your exhalations.
- Take a walk. If possible, head outside to enjoy the sunshine and fresh air. If you need to stay indoors, climb a few flights of stairs or walk from one end of the office to the other.
- Stretch your muscles. Stand up and perform a few simple stretches. Lower yourself into a forward bend. Clasp your elbows behind your back.
- Laugh about it. Look for the humour in challenging situations. Cue up some YouTube videos or post funny quotes around your desk. Laughter will always make you feel better!
- Smile more. No matter how tough it is in the moment, try smiling and see how it makes you feel. Who knows, you may even put a smile on someone else’s face!
Regular relaxation keeps your mind and body healthy and strong. Experiment to find the practices that relieve your stress and renew your energy.
You’ve got this!