When we leave such busy lives, and it always feels like there’s something else that needs to be done, many of us can feel guilty about making time for relaxation. It might be considered as self-indulgent or lazy- however, it should be seen as neither of these things! Relaxation is so important, it’s good for our health and after time out to properly chill out and unwind we tend to be more productive in our daily lives too. If you’ve been burning the candle at both ends lately, here are some of the ways you could treat yourself and relax!
Lie in A Hot Bath
Hot water, steam and pampering products are the perfect way to unwind. The hot water will ease knots and stiff muscles, your blood pressure will drop, and it’s a quiet space where you can sit and clear your mind. While the weather is horrible outside, a hot bath can warm you up too- overall it’s an easy, accessible (and practically free) way to feel better after a stressful day. Treat yourself to a thick bath mat and some huge fluffy towels for when you step out.
Get A Professional Massage
The health benefits of massage have been well established. Not only is it relaxing but incredibly beneficial for your body and health too. Massage can lower stress, help with anxiety and even alleviate pain, digestive issues and other mental and physical ailments. There are lots of different massage techniques out there, from Indian head massage to Swedish massage to Chinese aromatherapy massage and many others. You could do some research, watch some Youtube videos and work out which one you think you would find most relaxing. It’s money well spent since it will boost your wellbeing, you could even book a couples massage and go with your partner too.
Try Out Meditation
The practice of meditation has been shown to have various health and medical benefits. It’s free, easy and can make a world of difference. Meditation clears your mind and helps you to enter a state of deep peace, it brings your thoughts to the here and now, so you’re not stressing about the past or worrying about the future. There are various apps and tutorials online which can help you and provide soothing background music if you’re a beginner. Even if you don’t fully meditate, giving yourself a few quiet minutes if you’re stressed or overwhelmed can be helpful. Take yourself away from the stressful situation, and sit or lie down in a comfortable position. Clear your mind and take some deep breaths. When you return, you should be in a much better frame of mind.
Make Your Home Relaxing
Home is the place we should feel the most comfortable. Kicking off your shoes after a long day and lounging on the sofa, or curling up in bed with a hot drink is absolute bliss. But to truly be a relaxing haven, there are a few changes you can make around the home to make it that bit more comfortable and cozy. Keeping everywhere clean and tidy will help to create a sense of calm. You could then use scents such as scented candles and air fresheners to really set the mood. It’s worth in good furnitures such as beds and sofas give you a place where you can really chill out.