Between work, family life, money, politics, and everything else going on in our lives, and in the world around us, it can be difficult to find time to relax. However, it’s incredibly important for your mental and physical health. If you ever find yourself struggling to think of ways to unwind, hopefully these suggestions are a good starting point.
A lot of the stress in our lives comes from being constantly plugged in, checking notifications and scrolling through social media. One of the best ways you can help yourself relax is by having some time away from the many screens that seem to rule our lives. Instead of checking Instagram, try turning your phone off entirely for at least a few hours and see how refreshed you feel! You might even want to have an unplugged day once a month, as it will make such a big difference.
Take up a hobby
There are so many things you can do that will help your mind switch off, but still feel like you are doing something. For example, painting, or other arts and crafts can be a great way to relax, or even doing a puzzle. Activities where you can let your mind wander and not have to think too much about things that stress you out are ideal.
Exercise is fantastic for your physical and mental health, and yoga is particularly good as it gets your body moving but also focuses on making your mind still. It can be quite meditative and relaxing, as well as offering a physical challenge and an excuse to put down your phone and focus only on yourself and your mat. Whether you head to a local yoga studio, or just pull up a Youtube video and follow along, anyone can do yoga.
Not all relaxation has to be deep and meaningful. Sometimes the best way to relax after a long day at work is to put on your favorite film, or some trashy TV and just lose yourself in another world. Whether you love the intensity of Game of Thrones or want some escapism in the form of Ru Paul’s Drag Race, whatever TV show is going to help you relax is the right choice.
Some of us like to be alone when we need to relax, whereas others will relax much better with company. If you are the latter, head to see friends when you want to relax. Whether you go for coffee, head out for a walk or just sit and chat, you will feel your stresses, worries, and troubles melt away.
Take a bath
Is there anything more relaxing than a hot bubble bath?! Give yourself a real pamper with a face mask, candles, music – whatever it is that will make you feel entirely relaxed. A shower is functional, but a soak in the tub is where you can really indulge in some relaxation, and it’s a fantastic part of a bedtime routine. Take time afterward to moisturize, get into fresh pajamas, and climb into bed – bliss!
There is no wrong way to relax, and it might take a little time and trial and error to find out what methods really work for you. Remember that you can’t pour from an empty cup, so make a pledge to yourself to relax at the end of the day as often as you can.