We all get caught up in life, work and everyday stresses, and sometimes we just need to take a step back, have some me time and take care of ourselves. So here are 30 ways to relax and unwind!
1. Read a book
Curling up with a good book is a great way to relax. Sometimes it’s nice to take a break from your own life and get lost in an exciting fictional world!
2. Take a bath
A nice hot bath with some bubble bath or a nice smelling bath bomb is a perfect way to unwind from the day. Sprinkle some epsom salts in to help you destress even further and to relax your muscles.
3. Have a cup of tea
Sometimes a hot beverage just makes everything better. It’s like a warm hug when you’re feeling overwhelmed and stressed. Herbal teas such as camomile can also have relaxing properties.
Meditation is a great way to clear your mind if you’re feeling stressed out. Just take 10 mins to sit or lie in a quiet space and let your stresses and worries from the day float away. I like to use guided meditation apps like headspace and calm as I find these are easy and convenient, and make meditation easy for beginners.
5. Go for a walk
Feeling overwhelmed? Going for a walk and getting some fresh air can do wonders for clearing your head. It’s good to get out in nature and away from screens and technology that we spend the majority of the day looking at.
6. Get in your pj’s
Getting in your pajamas is the perfect way to wind down after a busy day. You could even pop on some fluffy socks or slippers if you want to get extra cozy.
7. Take a nap
Taking a nap is the ultimate relaxation method, I mean can you even get any more relaxed than being asleep?
8. Snuggle under a blanket
Get cozy and warm on the sofa under a blanket, you could even grab a pet to join you!
9. Watch Netflix
Who doesn’t love to binge watch Netflix every now and then? Pick a good film or series and grab some popcorn!
10. Paint your nails
Pick a pretty, uplifting colour and paint your nails. Giving yourself a manicure or pedicure is a great way to take some time for yourself.
11. Put on a face mask
Pamper yourself and have a little ‘me time’ with your fav face mask. You could even add some cucumber slices on the eyes if you wanted to go all out!
12. Listen to calming music
Soft music? Acoustic music? Spa music? Waterfalls or beach waves? Pick whatever music you find most relaxing and unwind.
13. Write in a diary
Stressed out with constant worries going around in your head? Write in a diary or grab some paper and ‘braindump’ all your thoughts onto the paper. You’ll instantly feel better and less stressed out!
14. Dim the lights
Turning off the bright lets and set a more relaxed mood. This helps you wind down in the evenings. You could even put on some cute fairy lights to create a pretty evening glow.
15. Light a candle
Already dimmed the lights? Add some of your favourite scented candles to create a cozy spa like ambience.
Stretching or doing some yoga can help to release tension from your muscles and your body.
17. Doodle or colour
Adult colouring books have been all the rage recently, but they really are great for distracting yourself. If you’re feeling anxious or stressed doing something with your hands absentmindedly can help to keep you busy.
18. Lie in the sun
Lying in the sun has to be one of my favourite things to do to relax. There’s something about the warmth of the sun on your skin that just seems to melt your problems away.
19. Go to a park
Seeing all the happy families, little kids on their bikes and panting dogs chasing frisbees can make you feel happier and calmer. Watching others having fun and enjoying themselves can really help to uplift your mood.
20. Stroke your pet
Just a few minutes of stroking a cute little dog, cat or other animal can signal your brain to boost the production of the calming hormones serotonin and oxytocin — these chemicals make us feel more relaxed and at peace. And playing with your little pooch also decreases levels of the stress hormone cortisol.
21. Declutter your space
Sometimes a messy environment can be the cause of stress itself. Take 30 mins to tidy up and declutter your space. Start with your floor and worksurfaces, as emptying up this space can help the whole room look clearer and it makes the biggest difference.
Exercising can release endorphins and feel good hormones into your body, making you happier and calmer. Doing something physical that doesn’t require too much thought allows your mind wander after a long day of thinking!
23. Practise breathing exercises
Breathing slow deep breaths in through your nose and out through your mouth is something we don’t usually do. This can really help to slow down your breathing and your mind, and allows you to relax and unwind.
24. Smell some essential oils
These can be used in a massage, in the bath, in a diffuser, or in a room spray. The oils lavender, mandarin, and ylang ylang are especially relaxing and calming.
25. Moisturise your body
Moisturising your body is a nice evening ritual you can do after a shower or hot bath, or before bed. This can help to put you in a calmer and more relaxed state of mind after a long day.
26. Have a movie night with a friend
Sometimes you just need a girls night in! Have a sleepover, a chat and watch a good chick flick.
27. Treat yourself to your favourite food
Sometimes indulging in your favourite foods can be just the trick to uplift your mood and help you relax you when you’re feeling stressed.
28. Smell fresh flowers
There’s something about plants that have a refreshing and calming effect on us. Having fresh flowers around the house really can lift your spirits, plus they smell great too!
29. Talk to family or friends
Feeling overwhelmed? Sometimes we just need to have good catch up with friends and family and get all your stresses off our chest.
30. Do something that makes you happy!
Finally, just do something that makes you happy! What could be a better way to relax and unwind?
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