Relaxation often gets pushed to the bottom of the to-do list, as busyness takes over. Unfortunately, it is often seen as something that can wait as we plow into the endless ‘must-dos’ of life. The act of relaxation gets put on the shelf like good China to be savored as a ‘treat’ or a ‘luxury’ to not touch unless it’s a special occasion.
However, taking the time to relax more, even if it is just for 10 minutes a day, can reset your body and mind, helping you balance life as well as be happier and less stressed. Here are some fantastic, simple ways to relax more. I hope you can make some of these a part of your daily routine.
Having a consistent yoga practice has many physical and mental benefits, including:
- Increases flexibility
- Improves mood
- Improves posture
- Increases energy
- Reduces stress
I encourage you to check out some yoga studio websites so you can read some testimonials about how yoga has helped others. I do know that having a good yoga practice can help your body feel better if you’re dealing with stress, illness, or overwork. I have experienced a calmer mind and a better outlook from doing yoga regularly.
It is a lifestyle and can help you to shift many areas of your life. Some people love it so much that they decide to teach it. Taking a 200 hour yoga certification course might not be for you, but I encourage you to try some simple stretches and poses.
It is no secret that playing games can be a fulfilling and relaxing experience. You might love to play board games with your family or have a game night with friends. Solo card games might be the way that you like to relax, or perhaps you love video games, where you can beat your high score and chat with other players. I do, however, have one warning: if the goal is to relax, make sure to steer away from games that bring out extreme competitiveness. Getting emotionally upset over a game isn’t going to serve your mission of relaxation.
Drink Green Tea
Green tea is known to be a healthy alternative to other hot drinks such as standard tea and coffee. It has many amazing health benefits, including reducing the risk of some cancers, helping with weight management, and keeping your brain healthy.
Green tea can also help your skin to look healthy and more youthful. It helps reduce toxins within the body which can benefit overall health. Drinking two or three cups per day is ideal to get the greatest benefits. When it comes to relaxation, green tea can help achieve a greater sense of peace. It contains L-theanine, which is an amino acid that has a calming effect on your nervous system, relaxing you quickly.
Take a Long Bath
Soaking in a warm/hot bath for about 45-minutes is a wonderful way to relax. The warm water helps to relax muscles and allows you to unwind from any stress you might have experienced during the day. For an added health benefit, you could add Epsom salts to aid detoxification. Personally, I love to add aromatherapy oils to my bath, especially lavender when I prepare for bedtime. Add some music or read a book for a truly relaxing experience.
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