We have all been through one of those days when you feel that stress is going to break you down. I have been there, and I know you have too. Some months ago I was feeling so stressed out that I would just cry for no reason. I needed to decompress. Therefore, I want to share with you some of my favorite ways to relax and unwind after a stressful day.
1. Bubble baths
There are people that love them and people that hate them. I am part of the group who loves baths. I guess is not just the bubbles and the smells, but I create this entire experience around them. Light up some candles, turn on some relaxing music and indulge yourself with a glass of wine (or any other drink you like). Believe me, it is the perfect place to just forget about everything and enjoy the present.
There is a whole world surrounding bubble baths. The Honest Company, for example, has 4 different types of scented soap for this experience. My favorite one is sweet orange and vanilla. It smells incredibly good and I always feel refreshed after using it. The best thing about this product is that it is great for your sensitive skin, as this company doesn’t use any chemicals that could damage you.
Maybe you are thinking that bubble baths can take a lot of time and I agree. This is not something to do on a daily basis, but I like taking one at least once a week. They make me feel great and give me the energy needed to crush my stressful week.
2. Candles and aromatherapy
My mother introduced me to aromatherapy a few years ago. Whenever she worked from home, she always lit up a scented candle and turned on soft relaxing music. She still today says it allows her to concentrate better.
Since then, I always have different candles all around my house. Vanilla, Coconut, Peppermint, Rosemary… The list could go on. My house smells extremely good every time I lit up one of those candles and I love how good they look everywhere.
Aromatherapy is a real form of alternative medicine and I have to say that it works wonders for me. I learned about essential oils just a few months ago and I just can’t get enough of them now. Normally, an hour before going to bed, I turn on my diffuser and pour in some drops of one of my favorites oils. It is so silent that the fabulous smell can still relax me during my sleep.
3. Writing to relax yourself
A lot of phycologists consider writing a great technique to decompress. Keeping a diary could help you understand how you feel and see why are you stressed. Remember that, if you suffer from anxiety, expressing your feelings on paper could let you take off the pressure and help you relax.
Also, we sometimes feel overwhelmed by the number of things we need to do. Sleeping can be complicated if you keep thinking of everything that you will have to do next day. Therefore, list everything you will have to do on a paper and get all those worries out of your mind so you can better sleep.
If you know anything about me, you might be able to tell that I hate exercise. I have always been extremely bad at it and I get easily tired, so I am not big at practicing any kind of sport. However, that being said, exercising is an awesome way to relax. A Harvard Medical study states that “a relaxed body will send signals of calm and control that help reduce mental tension“. This means that the key to a relaxed mind is a relaxed body.
However, you don’t need to tire yourself up to feel better. Just take a walk, make some time for yourself when you don’t have to worry about anything else but you. Join a team sport; this will not just help you relax but you will also meet new people and start new friendships.
The dictionary defines to meditate as “to engage in thought or contemplation; reflect.” But I think is much more than that. It means to focus on the present, leaving your worries behind to be happy with what you have at the moment.
Even though I started meditating just about 6 months ago, it has had an enormous impact in my life. Meditating has helped me to be more grateful for what I have and for who I am. I have learned techniques to relax and, although I don’t meditate every night, I feel generally happier.
If you haven’t tried it yet, I would recommend you to download one of the numerous apps in the market and start today. I am pretty sure it will help you relax and enjoy life.
So, those are my top 5 ways to relax and unwind! Do you have any other tips for me? Let me know in the comments down below! 🙂
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