Shutting off and winding down is really important. But it can be difficult to know how, or it may not even feel like you have the time to. To help with mental and physical wellbeing, we share 5 simple ways to help you relax at the end of the day.
Bathing, with or without lotions and potions, is a fantastic way to help your body, and mind relax at the end of the day. The hot water will help to alleviate muscle tension and will help to adjust your body temperature in a way that’ll have you ready for sleep. 10-15 minutes in a bath is all you need.
2. Music & Movies
Everyone has that one movie that helps them feel comforted, or a musical playlist that helps them to unwind. If you don’t, it’s time to find one; perhaps it’s something from your childhood or a particular genre of music that helps you feel more at ease. When you’re feeling overwhelmed or simply exhausted, put on your go-to movie or playlist, shut off your phone and give yourself over to it.
If you feel that your stress or anxiety levels are on high-alert switching your morning exercise routine to night could be more beneficial than you think. We all know that exercising helps to release happy endorphins, but it’ll also help to shake off excessive adrenalin which can have us feeling in a constant state of tension. This will give you a relaxation kick like nothing else as it’ll help you to get it out of your system in a healthy way. If switching your routine around isn’t possible, incorporate a Pilates, Yoga or stretching regime in your evening to help give you the same benefit.
Lavender, geranium, ylang ylang, jasmine and rosemary are all examples of essential oils that have calming effects. So taking a few deep breaths of such scents, by lighting candles in the bedroom, or using lotions, fragrances or other products infused with these fragrances, will all help you to feel more relaxed.
5. Focused tasks
If you’re someone who has trouble meditating, mindfulness is a great alternative. Mindfulness is the process of being ‘in the moment’ and so a task that requires your focused attention can be just as beneficial. Following instructions from a recipe or the process of knitting or sewing can all be quite meditative as it requires your attention to perform. These activities, helps you to adjust your mindset from quite a stressful or emotional day.