Relaxation is such an important part of life, and definitely something I’ve not done enough of lately! Because I don’t get a lot of time to relax, when I do it has to be something super refreshing. I need to make sure I use the time between being busy to really recharge and give my brain a bit of a rest.
Without relaxation we burn out, so it is crucial to make time for it. There are so many different ways to relax, and which one you choose really depends on what you need a break from! Sometimes spending some time scrolling through Instagram is relaxing, but if it’s social media that’s stressing you out, some time alone with a good book might be what’s in order!
These are my favourite ways to relax, and they have saved me from stressful doom many times. Sometimes all it takes is finding some time to yourself where you can just stop for a bit and do something you love.
1. Taking a bath
2. Nexflix bingeing
This is something I used to do just in general, but now I’ve got so much other stuff on all the time, it’s become a rarity and quite a novel way to relax! Curling up in bed with a cup of tea and netflix on the telly is sometimes exactly what I need. The key to making it super relaxing is to make sure you’re not doing anything else. Close the laptop, lay back, add a few pillows, and relax. The most effective relaxing show for me is anything David Attenborough.
3. Reading a good book
4. Do some yoga
Yoga is known for its relaxation and meditation techniques. Choose the right video on YouTube, preferably one that has a lot of deep breathing exercises and laying down poses. I always turn to Yoga with Adriene when I fancy a bit of relaxation yoga. A good ten minute yoga flow can totally change the pace of your day.
5. Go for a walk
Walking is awesome in so many ways. It helps you escape your usual surroundings, which is especially good if it’s your daily grind that’s making you stressed. I love a nice walk, and I’m lucky enough to live next to the Common, but even if you’re not close to open space, pop some music in your ears and just go for a stroll. Even in the rain walking has helped me relax. The fresh air and time alone can do wonders.