By Mike Atkinson | Drive producer and public relations officer
Being an adult is hard! When you’ve got a full work week mixed with paying the bills, visiting friends and family, household chores and looking after children we often forget to schedule the most important time for our health and wellbeing – ‘me time’.
Disclaimer: We’re not advising that you drop everything and head to South East Asia for 3 months backpacking through Vietnam and Thailand, but we have compiled 5 relaxation tips for you to try out in your most stressed times.
Take a walk
This may seem like pretty basic advice but Science proved it works. Walking has significant benefits that you can’t knock.
It helps you maintain a healthy weight, prevent or manage various conditions, including heart disease, high blood pressure and type 2 diabetes.
Taking a brisk stroll will also Strengthen your bones and muscles, improve your mood and enhance your balance and coordination. Where do I sign?
Take a Bath
Sometimes it’s amazing how much benefit we can get from such little things. Taking a good soak in a hot bath is one of these things.
Hot water relaxes the body and better prepares us for falling asleep. When a tense body enters a warm bath, the hot water increases the body temperature and relaxes the muscles. Relaxing the muscles not only soothes us physically, but also mentally, and many of us need that peace of mind at the end of the day.
It’s easy to work yourself into a frenzy with all the work deadlines and family commitments. Be present. It’s not enough to just slow down — you need to actually be mindful of whatever you’re doing at the moment.
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Get a Hobby
This may seem counterintuitive, especially if you see it as getting more work on top of the work you already have piled up. But a hobby is a different kind of work. One you enjoy doing.
It doesn’t have to be anything serious. Gardening, sewing, swing dancing and reading are great options. A person can always take out time for their hobby since it gives a break and gives a mental happiness in doing that activity.
Chill is not just a word hipsters use when they’re trying to escape the reality of the world. It should be the number one word in your vocabulary and a mantra for you.
The health benefits are numerous. Chilling slows your heart rate, which in turn lowers blood pressure and your breathing rate.