Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Easiest Ways To Unwind + Relax

Honestly sometimes life gets the best of us and stress accumulates to a point where you need to take a breather. School is starting back up soon or maybe it's work that is stressing you out. There are so many variables in life that you never know what it is going to throw at you, but you can be active in your own self-care. You need to make sure that you are your own priority and don't forget about yourself. 

Self-care is the best care. 

Make time before bed to unwind and take some time for yourself to relax. Whether it's 5 minutes or 15 minutes, it will make a difference for sure. There are many ways to do this, but here are the easiest ones I have personally found that helped me: 

1. Yoga
I'm no yogi, but I do some stretches and meditate for a little afterwards and this seems to do the trick. Do this in a quiet place and it will clear your mind -- I now understand why people go to yoga classes, but I just don't have the time to do that. Here are some easy yoga poses anyone can do. The 'child's pose' and 'cobra' really help with my back problems. 

2. Taking A Bath
Most people shower the majority of the time, but there's just something about a hot bath + a lush bath bomb. Add a Bath and Body Works candle and there ya go! You could read a book or just close your eyes and relax. If your muscles are sore, throw in some epsom salts.

3. Taking a Walk
Taking a quiet walk in the neighborhood could help you wind down for the night. You could do it after dinner and walk your dog too. It's peaceful and can put your mind at ease.

4. Drinking Some Tea
A nice cup of hot tea can make you feel sleepy -- especially tea with lavender or chamomile. Decaffeinated tea is best in order to not disturb any sleep.

5. Turning Everything Off
Turn your phone, tablet, + laptop off so notifications do not disturb you or further stress you out even more. Those emails and texts can wait because some days you need to focus on yourself. If you are constantly replying to this and that, it's not the best schedule to be on.

6. Diffuse Oils
Aromatherapy has become a trend lately and I've found myself purchasing essential oils. Lemongrass, tea tree oil and eucalyptus are some of my favorites. B&BW has an aromatherapy line and I like the shower gels. You could purchase a diffuser and diffuse the oils in your bedroom.

7. Meditate + Managing Breathing
Sitting in one spot and letting your mind take a breather is something that everyone needs to do. You can't always go-go-go. Meditation can improve your mood and make you release the negative energy.


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