We all have crazy lives nowadays. We work a lot and if were not working then were working out, going to see friends or family, taking care of something at home or running errands. Life these days is so hectic which is why we have all our great gadgets around to make it a lot simpler. We have apps to plan our days, music at our finger-tips and people with services of all kinds to help us.
As great as all that is, its makes sure we are always responding to something or someone. Rarely do we get a chance to sit down and relax and when we do, we can’t decide what it is we’d like to do. Were not saying that our tips are the be all and end all of relaxations but we have done enough research to know what might help people.
Th first and most important thing we need is time. You need to figure out a time block during your day when you can take time for yourself. This is a time where you know you won’t be disturbed by any visitors or urgent messages. We find that a Saturday or Sunday is best for this. You could even pick a time that works around you work hours. Even if you can get 20 minutes, you’re getting somewhere. You will find after a time that if you prioritize this time that you will make more time to allow it to be longer. If you’re not the best at keeping time out a timer on your phone to remind you when you need to spring back to action.
Now that you have a designated relaxing time you need to rid yourself of all the distractions around you. Try leaving your phone, tablet and laptops in another room. IF you can’t bear to be without them then you can always put them on silent. Try to put them as far away from you as possible or at least further than your reach. It is so easy for us to pick up our phones and glance at the screen. And we all know we don’t really need to check the screens. If there is a notification, you’ll hear it. Your eyes will also benefit from this because you now don’t have to focus on small screens emitting blue light. We know that this is particularly bad during the night, but anytime spent looking at real life and not a screen is good for you.
Next, we always find that when you’re comfortable , you are more at ease. We suggest finding your comfiest chair or piling a bunch of cushions on the floor with a blanket. Its doesn’t matter where you are as long as you are comfortable. Place yourself in a position that doesn’t restrict blood-flow e.g sitting on your legs will give you pins and needles in your feet. Ideally you are sitting, either with your back straight or propped up. There is also something very comforting about being surrounded by blankets and cushions. If you set up an nice area that is clean and comfy you will be more likely to want to sit there.
You need to figure out whats right for you. As good as it is meditation isn’t what everyone wants to do. We do recommend trying it. It can be a great way to calm your mind after a crazy day or week. You can also try mindfulness. We find that this takes more effort because you do need to read up on this a little. Mindfulness is also something that you can practice everyday little by little.
We even find that if you can sit and listen to your favorite album or playlist that it is relaxing too. It can be anything you want that you know will be relaxing for your mind. Just look up your favorite genre on spotify and you will be sure to find something you like.
Whether it is morning, noon or night you can always relax. We find that the weather gives a lot to this too. Try to sit and listen to the rain or to bathe in sunlight when you can.
Even if you just do a little of these, we promise it will help you relax during these busy times.