Modern life moves at warp speed and it can be easy to forget to slow down once in a while. Taking time to relax may sound like a luxury, but it is an important part of self-care.
When we relax we allow our bodies and minds the chance to process events of the day. We let ourselves rest and recharge so we can stay focused and alert the rest of the time.
So, if you want to remain productive, alert and most importantly – healthy, be sure to take some time every day to relax.
Here are some ideas on how to do exactly that:
1. Go for a walk
Getting out in the fresh air and moving your body is a great way to relax. Instead of thinking about your to-do list, or worrying about things you can’t control, try to take this opportunity to notice your environment. Think about the colours you’re seeing, the sounds you’re hearing and nothing else. This gives your mind a break, and your body will thank you for the exercise.
2. Treat yourself
If you spend a lot of your time helping or caring for others, try to schedule some time to treat yourself. This could be something as simple as taking yourself out for lunch. You don’t need to cook or clean up after yourself – you can just sit back and enjoy being waited on.
3. Think of someone you love
Sometimes the best way to relax is to get outside of yourself and think about others. Take a few minutes to think about someone you love and send out positive, loving thoughts for them.
4. Listen to music
Music has an incredible ability to change our mood, so take advantage of this! Create a relaxing playlist of music that soothes you and listen to it often – bonus points for just listening to music and doing nothing else.
Meditation is well-known for its stress-relieving qualities and is a fantastic way to decompress after a long day. There are plenty of free courses (online and offline) you can attend to learn the basic techniques, and then it’s just a case of practising.
6. Be social
Spending time with friends and family has a rejuvenating effect, so try to be social when you can. Put some face-to-face catch-ups in the diary or pick up the phone for a good chat.
7. Do something for others
Again, this is about getting outside of yourself and gaining perspective. Think about what you can do for others – this could mean volunteering or simply getting your colleague a cup of tea.
8. Try hypnotherapy
Hypnotherapy is an excellent tool to help you relax as it puts you into a deep state of relaxation. This eases physical and mental tension while helping to reduce anxiety. Your hypnotherapist may also teach you some self-hypnosis techniques to help you relax once your sessions with them are complete.