If you ask me, we’re all way to go, go, go around here. Being busy and on the go all of the time can lead to a love of stress and tension, and without taking a few minutes everyday to relax and unwind, that can lead to some pretty negative side effects. Although relaxing may seem like a self explanatory thing, I wanted to compile a list of my favorite ways to unwind at the end of a long day. All of them can be done at the comfort of your own home and within an hour or less. And if you think about it, an hour of self-care a day is really nothing at all, so shut down your laptop, put away your work and just relax.
Turn down the lights and burn a candle
Lighting a candle is soothing for multiple reasons. It is dim lighting, not harsh on your eyes, and it gives off your favorite scent. For an even better atmosphere try Yankee Candle’s crackling candles that sound like the crackling of wood in your fireplace.
Get some fresh air
Getting some fresh air will do a lot to clear your head and make you feel refreshed. Whether it’s sitting outside on the porch with your cup of tea or going on a walk, being outside with nature is the perfect way to relax and unwind.
Let our your creativity and color
I had been hearing about adult coloring for a long time. Then my mom and I passed by the coloring section at Barnes and Noble. Weeks later when I went back home, my mom and I both said that we couldn’t stop thinking about the beautiful books we had seen, so we made it a date and went to Barnes and Noble to color and sip Starbucks. Needless to say, coloring is now one of my favorite ways to relax (among many, because who doesn’t love relaxing?). That day at BN, I picked up Animal Kingdom: Color Me, Draw Me (A Millie Marotta Adult Coloring Book), and I highly recommend it! Below you can find my first finished page and my next project!
Put your thoughts into writing
Journaling is a great before bed activity. It allows you to unplug, put all of your stresses, concerns or thoughts down on paper and let them go. It allows you to think more deeply on your day and reflect. Journaling can take only a matter of minutes, but it will do a whole lot for your mind and stress.
Take a bath
Taking a hot bath before going to sleep will help clear your mind and make you feel ready to doze off. For an even more relaxing bath, try a lavender bath bomb like the LUSH Twilight bath bomb. This bath bomb is on my must-try list after reading the website description and seeing all of the phenomenal customer reviews. I’m telling you, LUSH, whoever is writing your copy should get a bonus. I’m sold! But no matter what bath bomb or gel or bubbles you decide to use, lavender is sure to make you feel calm and relaxed.
Grab a good book and read
When relaxing, it is great to unplug. Books, just like movies, are a great way to relax and escape reality for a while. In my personal opinion, they’re even better than movies at this! So pick up a feel-good or light-hearted novel and let your stresses fade away.
I’m personally not a fan of tea, but tea has great soothing effects for so many people, and I know that even just the smell makes me relax, but if you’re like me and don’t like tea, try hot chocolate or another warm beverage. It will still feel like a calming, luxurious treat.
Take a yoga class
Even if you’re look at your computer screen thinking, “no way, that’s not for me,” I want you to think again. Not all yoga is the same. Some works on building muscle, some works on balance, other classes focus on breathing or chanting and all sorts of combinations of the above. If you go to one class and don’t like it, I strongly recommend you go to another type. The focus that yoga gives you on your breathing and on your body will relax and soothe you.
So, what are your favorite ways to relax and unwind? Have you ever tried any of these activities? Let me know in the comments below!