There’re lots of ways to relax; some are designed to relax your mind and some to relax your body. Because of the way the mind and body are connected, it’s important to find ways to relax both. We’ve put together our top ten ways to help you relax…
Research has proven that meditation can help you feel better, reduce stress an increase relaxation as well as lower blood pressure, strengthen the immune system and bring peace to your every day life! And it takes just 15 minutes a day.
- GET DOWN DOG
Historically yoga was more than just a method of teaching; it was a way of life. Every yoga pose has a different name and includes standing postures, seated twists, backbends, arm balances, inversions and core holds. The downward facing dog for example, is in itself said to calm the brain, energise the body, improve digestion, strengthen arms and legs and be therapeutic for high blood pressure.
- TRY AROMATHERAPY
It takes just a minute to drip some lavender, tea tree, or another essential oil into your palm and inhale. The soothing scents can help to send stress and anxiety packing by stimulating smell receptors in the nose that connect to the part of the brain that regulates emotions. We love Scentered Therapy balms & candles and Anatome essential oils.
One way to relax your body is by exercising. It may sound counterintuitive, but working out can help your body release mood elevating hormones, like endorphins, and reduce levels of stress hormones, like adrenaline and cortisol. So next time you want to chill, try a 30-minute jog and see what happens!
- WALK IT OFF
People often underestimate the health benefits of spending time outdoors & getting fresh air. If you’re spending most of your time inside the air-conditioned office or home, you’re forcing your body to use stale air. Taking a walk or comfortable stroll, has also been proven to calm your nerves and improve bad moods.
- TAKE A BATH
If you've had a super stressful day at work, try relaxing with a warm bath.A warm bath can help increase blood flow, thereby reducing stiffness and pain in your joints. And less pain can mean a more relaxed body and mind.
You can try adding Essential oils or Epsom Salts to further enhance the detoxifying effect.
- WRITE IT DOWN
Some people feel more relaxed after they write about their feelings. One way is to keep a journal. We love the Happiness Planners; designed to help you welcome more positivity, joy, and happiness into your life by applying the practices of positive thinking, positive affirmations, mindfulness, gratitude, and self-development.
- MAKE A BREW
Instead of turning purple with rage, get green with a cup of herbal tea! Green tea is a source of L-Theanine, a chemical that helps relieve anger. Boil the water, pour it out, and take a soothing sip.
In fact drinking any tea is also a slow, calm activity, which gives you a chance to sit back and allow yourself to relax - you can't run around with your tea!
- MASSAGE IT OUT
We all know that messages are relaxing – they reduce stress levels, pain and muscle tension which all help your body to relax. They can also benefit your mind as they’re an enjoyable (sports massages not included!) experience and help you to feel cared for, comforted and connected.
The majority of us will spend our days sat at a desk so massages are also great for relieving postural stress.
- TUNE IN TO CHILL OUT
Music has the power to transform your mood and listening to soothing music can lower blood pressure, heart rate and anxiety. And music therapy has now been recognised as a way of improving mental health, according to the charity MIND.
We love the listening to a ‘mellow days’ playlist.
We hope this helps you relax a bit, until next time..
Team ESC x