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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. Forming a wind down routine can shake off the stress from the day, and is sure to help with mental and physical wellbeing. You’re sure notice the difference in sleep quality too. Try these 5 simple ways to relax at the end of the day.

1.      Baths

Bathing

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 helps to alleviate muscle tension and helps 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.

Try our homemade bath salts guide for even more benefits.

2.      Music & movies

chilling music

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. It could be something from your childhood, or a particular genre of music that helps you to 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.

3.      Exercise

stretch

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 adrenaline 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.

4.      Aromatherapy

Candle

Lavender, geranium, ylang ylang, jasmine and rosemary are all examples of essential oils that have calming effects. So lighting candles in the bedroom, or using lotions, fragrances, or other products infused with these fragrances, will all help you to feel more relaxed. Take a couple of deep breaths and try and allow any tension to leave your body.

5.      Focused tasks

Rogan Josh Recipe

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, help you to adjust your mindset from quite a stressful or emotional day to a more relaxed state.

What do you like to do at the end of the day to unwind? We’d love to hear from you in the comments below.

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