If you’re looking for ways to relax then you’ve definitely come to the right place. In total, this article includes 7 ways to relax, because we all need a little TLC from time to time!
In today’s era of technology, it’s easy to get caught up in the always ‘on’ culture with the web at our fingertips. Don’t get me wrong – there are so many benefits of the Internet. But as with all things in life, everything in moderation.
With that in mind, here’s a few ways to relax.
Schedule ‘no technology time’
So at first, this can seem pretty scary. You’re telling me to not look at my phone, or my emails? Yes! I find it useful to schedule certain ‘shifts’ per day where I don’t look at my phone. For example between 7pm and 8pm at night. Sometimes I even have to put my phone in a drawer to avoid the habit of picking it up.
The reason it’s important to have some ‘off’ time is because even when you’re not looking at your phone you are probably thinking about it. Out of sight, out of mind – right?
Sometimes all it takes is some time to consciously tap into your mind. Meditating will allow you to do exactly that. It also allows you to focus on your breathing – one of the simplest things we all do that keeps us alive, yet we never pay attention to it. But we should. I find the Headspace App really useful for guided meditation.
Read a book or start a puzzle
I think that reading a book is one of the easiest ways to relax. Why? From the minute you start reading you become instantly lost in another world. If you find it hard to relax then this is the one for you.
Alternatively, you can find loads of Sudoku, Crossword and Word Search books out there. These are a great way to relax whilst engaging your mind.
Cook a meal or bake
Sometimes I’m really lazy about this and just cook my favourite Spaghetti Bolognese, but I also really enjoy finding new recipes, getting the ingredients and learning how to make something new. I recently got a sweet potato cookbook – it’s amazing. But you can easily find recipes online, BBC Good Food is a great place to start.
Take up a new hobby
This is my favourite because not only does it help you relax and unwind but it helps you develop new skills. Whether it’s golf, swimming, horse riding, tennis or ceramics – the skills you learn you will carry with you for the rest of your life.
I’d like to suggest adopting a new hobby with a friend because that way I think you’re more likely to stick to it. It doesn’t even need to be an expensive one – running, writing, drawing, and yoga are all free!
Make a warm drink
So when I’m really craving some time to relax my go-to drink is a hot chocolate – it’s so soothing and paired with some cosy socks, well that’s my ideal night in. Alternatively, you could have some green tea, peppermint tea, camomile tea or even just a slice of lemon in hot water. It’s way more relaxing than it sounds!
This is something that can be done so easily and is super cheap too! Whenever I feel like a pamper session I get myself a face-mask, some new nail polish, my favourite moisturiser and a candle. There – you have the perfect pamper plan for less than £10.
How do you calm down from stress? I’d love to hear your thoughts and suggestions in the comments below!
Why not read my article on dealing with anxiety? Find it here.