Any parent will understand just how hard it is to find those precious snippets of time where you get to relax and unwind at the end of a day.
By the time you’ve put the kids to bed, you’re often too exhausted to think about doing anything for yourself. But it’s important to try and de-stress and take this much-needed time to chill out and switch off from the day-to-day stresses of your life.
Here’s how you can do this:
Relax and Switch Off, Literally
In order to relax, you need to create a space that evokes a sense of peace and tranquillity. So switch off those items of technology that are stealing your attention and zapping your energy – yes, I mean switching off this computer or phone (when you’ve finished reading this post, of course.)
Put your phone on do not disturb and put it out of sight. Slip into your pj’s, set the tone with some mood lighting (I’m all about the scented candles ) and dip into your latest book or listen to a chilled playlist.
This will let your mind and body know that the hectic day is over and it’s time to switch off.
Stretch It Out
Your body will constrict and tighten when it’s exposed to stress, which can have a detrimental impact on your health over time. Everything from headaches, insomnia and a weakened immune system can be linked to not dealing with stress. I’m all for preventative self-care to stop it escalating. Reflexology and massage can help rebalance and get you back to normal.
Or you could try simple stretches, such as those done in yoga, to help eradicate this tension from your body. Practices like yoga are also a great way to soothe your mind and enjoy some ‘me time’. They also help you focus on your breathing. My stress sign is shallow breathing, something I’ve only just become aware of. Meditation apps, such as Headspace, are perfect to help get you in a more balanced, harmonious state.
Take a Long, Hot Bath
Can you hear that?
Yes, that’s utter silence.
So now’s the perfect time to run that hot bubble bath and jump right in. You can even ramp up the indulgence factor by opting for luscious organic products from the likes of Neom Organics.
And if you like aromatherapy, light a few candles or add a few drops of a relaxing lavender, lemon, Bergamot or ylang-ylang will all help relieve tension and calm the nervous system. You’ll soon find yourself slipping into a serene, quiet state, leaving those everyday troubles behind you.
Take a Walk
Another thing I find very useful when I’m stressed is to get out into the open air and go for a walk. It helps shift your focus and there’s nothing more invigorating than a bit of crisp, fresh air.
You could even do this with the kids after school if you’ve got time.
Ultimately, relaxing is all about finding something that helps you switch off, whether it’s reading, having a bath or lying in complete silence with some aromatic candles. But what’s important is that you do find this time to relax – trust me, you’ll feel so much better for it.
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