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7 Tips to Stay Relaxed at Home
Taking a moment to relax is a must now that we’re spending longer periods of time at home. Yes, in the midst of a crisis, letting go of anxiety is vital, and being indoors for too long may be stressful and tiring. However, it’s possible to incorporate some easy, healthy habits as part of your daily routine. To show you how to turn it into a great experience, we made a list of our favorite activities to get you softly throughout the day. Try one or more of these relaxation tips to see what works best for you.
Relax your mind:
1. Breathe: Breathing is one of the best ways to keep our minds and bodies aligned in harmonious balance. Science has proven that the ancient practice of pranayama (controlled breathing) has a wide range of benefits, including the relief of conditions related to anxiety, sleep deprivation, stress and depression (Alderman, L., 2016). There are many breathing techniques easily accessible on the internet, so just give it a try and find the one that works best for you :)!
Make the most of staying home: Relax and enjoy!
2. Meditate: No, you don’t have to be an expert; you only need 3 minutes a day (but we know you’ll love it, so you can use some more time). Just sit in a quiet place, close your eyes and pay attention to your breath and body sensations; and if you’re curious, there are many different techniques on the internet for you to try. According to Thorpe et al., 2020, meditation is a great way to help reduce stress, promote emotional health, improve sleep and, in general, have a healthier life.
3. Listen to Soothing Music: Sound is a powerful tool we can use to improve our emotional states. Whether you like listening to music in the shower, while cooking, or working, you can create a playlist with your favorite relaxing songs to reduce stress and tension throughout the day. Try music without lyrics if you need to concentrate, it’ll still do the work!
4. Unplug: Create a bedtime routine that includes a strict device-ban of at least one hour before bed. Bringing your work and even your favorite memes in bed isn’t a good idea, as blue light and fast information processing stimulate brain activity and make it harder for you to wind down and relax. Instead, take a warm bath or meditate for a few minutes before sleep.
What can be better than a healthy comfort food?
Relax your body:
1. Practice Yoga: Doing yoga is a perfect way to keep your body healthy, toned and flexible. Since this practice depends so much on breathing, it will help you get enough oxygen, relax your muscles, release stress and give your body the energy it needs to perform its functions properly and effortlessly.
2. Get a Massage: Massage is one of the oldest healing traditions in the world, and for very good reasons; some of its best known benefits include improved circulation, reduced muscle tension, reduction of stress hormones and increased joint mobility (Massage, 2017). Don’t worry if you can’t have someone else give you one; you can always do it yourself: massage your feet and hands, the back of your neck, or anywhere in your body where you feel pain or tension. Also, for difficult places, you can get a handheld massager.
PLUS: Add some love to your massage with natural bliss. Hola Warming Salve is engineered with premium botanical ingredients to give you a deeply soothing experience.
3. Take a Warm Bath: Prepare yourself a homemade spa with some bubbles, essential oils and relaxing music. You may also top the experience with a glass of your favorite drink. Do it before bedtime, you’ll sleep like a baby.
Extra Delicious Tip: Comfort Food!
There’s nothing better than heartwarming, tasty food to make us feel great and forget life’s problems. Choose something easy to make, or if you like to cook, indulge in one of your favorite recipes. And yes, comfort food can also be healthy and guilt-free: Try our extra relaxing Homemade Hot Cocoa recipe to make you feel warm and happy.
Kane, S. (2018). 10 Surprising Health Benefits of Mindfulness Meditation. Retrieved 3 December 2020, from https://psychcentral.com/blog/10-surprising-health-benefits-of-mindfulness-meditation/
Massage. (2017). Better Health Channel. Retrieved 4 December 2020, from https://www.betterhealth.vic.gov.au/health/conditionsandtreatments/massage
Alderman, L. (2016). Breathe. Exhale. Repeat: The Benefits of Controlled Breathing. Retrieved 4 December 2020, from https://www.nytimes.com/2016/11/09/well/mind/breathe-exhale-repeat-the-benefits-of-controlled-breathing.html#:~:text=Consciously%20changing%20the%20way%20you,of%20stress%20hormones%20like%20cortisol.