You’ve got 178 unread emails, a vital deadline at work that is just a week or so away, nothing in for dinner and the kids are driving you completely up the wall. Right now, relaxing seems impossible.
It might seem impossible to relax in that sort of environment, but the truth is it is possible to relax anywhere. There are plenty of simple techniques and ways that can help you de-stress in even the most pressurized of environments.
To get you started, take a look at these seven ways to help you relax.
Read a book
What better way to escape the pressures of everyday life than by escaping through the pages of a book? You don’t need to read the entirety of War and Peace, just find a good book that you enjoy, and you can forget about all your troubles.
An autobiography of your favorite sports player or actress can provide you an uplift by reminding you of some of their best times while a great work of fiction can transport you into worlds full of magic, vampires, glamour, and money.
Reading can also help you to sleep at night. Before bed, we should always try and avoid too much light in order to allow the body to release the chemical melatonin into our systems which helps with sleep. By switching that late-night television session or sitting in front of a tablet in favor of reading before going to bed, you’ll be aiding your chances of sleeping well, and when we’re less tired, we’re more relaxed.
Take a walk
You might think you’ve got so much work to do that you don’t have time to take an hour to go on a walk, but in reality, you do. Taking a little bit of time to exercise during work will actually increase productivity as, rather than sitting in front of a screen or at a table stressing about what you can’t do, the exercise you’ve been on allows the mind to refocus and get back to the job much more efficiently than trying to plow through regardless.
A good, long hike up in the mountains won’t be possible unless you are lucky enough to live right on the doorstep of one of America’s best national parks but even a quick stroll to the shops or a brief lap of your local field will help you to relax.
Exercise is great for the body and the mind in so many ways, and relaxation is definitely one of them.
Listen to music
If you are in need of relaxation, then stick the radio on or create a playlist of your favorite, calming tunes. Studies have shown that relaxing music can lower heart rate and blood pressure, and if your heart rate is lower and your blood pressure not so high, you instantly become more relaxed.
Of course, you need to make sure you pick the right kind of music. There’s no point in listening to some drum and bass or a dance tune that will soon have you spinning around the room in a daze. Make a playlist of calming songs that you know help you relax and you’ll feel destressed in no time.
Try different herbs and supplements
Mother nature has given us many wares that can help us through different difficulties in life and when it comes to relaxation, she really has excelled herself. There are so many plants and supplements that can help you relax in different ways that it is really quite difficult to know where to start.
Breathing in lavender when it is included in tea is a great way of destressing; valerian can help you get to sleep at night and a good night’s sleep is proven to help reduce stress levels; the brilliantly named skullcap has been taken throughout generations to help relax the body and that’s even before we’ve talked about the likes of chamomile, passionflower, and CBD strains such as cherry pie strain.
Of course, you should always consult your doctor or a medical expert before adding supplements to your diet but there is a whole host out there that can have major benefits for relaxation.
Take a bath
Is there a better feeling in the world than slipping into a bath full of warm, bubbly water and washing all the dirt and grime of the day away? Baths aren’t only useful for detoxifying and cleaning the outside of your body, but they can also help with the inside as well.
The steam involved helps the body’s muscles relax and destress, while you can make the environment even more relaxing by lighting some candles or playing some of that relaxing music we talked about earlier.
So, fill up the bathtub, slide down into the water and shut your eyes to let all the stresses of the day wash away. Quite literally.
Go for a massage
You’ve got to treat yourself every once in a while, and what better way to do so than a massage? Studies have shown the huge benefits of massages that can include alleviating muscle stiffness and helping to improve blood flow.
That probably explains why they are so relaxing. If we are less tense, we are more relaxed and the more oxygen our blood can carry around our bodies, the better we feel. Book yourself in for a massage today!
Eat well and slowly
When you feel stressed or are in a rush, eating well tends to go out the window. It’s a case of grab a quick and convenient snack here and wolf it down as quickly as possible – that’s if you even have time to eat at all.
Eating well is one of the best yet most underrated ways to relax. Taking the time to plan one healthy meal a day full of lots of fruit, veg and brain foods can be hugely beneficial.
Eat it slowly as well. By taking time over lunch, we’re allowing our body to appreciate the goodness we’re putting into it, and it also gives you a break from the stresses of the day. Which is great for relaxation.