10 Ways to Relax at Home
Social distancing means more of us are spending time at home. It can be hard to find some down time, especially for the parents and carers out there. Finding ways to relax is important in keeping our mind and body in check. Here at Brummells we have 10 ways to help you and your sanity along the way.
A Warm Bath
A warm bath is said to have many health benefits. Not only does a good soak allow for cleansing - killing any bad bacteria on our bodies, it aids in muscle relaxation which can help to reduce aches and pains. Circulation is improved as blood flow and oxygenation is increased by deeper and slower breathing. This can help to lower stress and anxiety levels as well as the risk of conditions such as heart attacks and strokes. To top it off, baths provide a necessary moment of quiet, calm and comfort.
Our recommendation: Try adding essential oils or bath salts such as lavender, Epsom and sea salts to achieve ultimate relaxation and healing.
Staying at home can be challenging. It can start to feel more like a prison than a place of comfort for some. However, there are things we can do to combat negative thoughts and encourage positivity and mindfulness. One of these is meditation! Some benefits include better sleep, lower levels of stress and anxiety, a clearer mind and healthier relationships.
Some basic steps to achieve mindfulness are:
- Find a calm & quiet place to sit and set a time limit - maybe 5 or 10 minutes.
- Sit in a comfortable position - there are no rules as long as you can maintain your position.
- Take some deep, slow breaths and allow yourself to feel your breathing as it goes in and out. You can close your eyes if this helps.
- Notice your mind - at some point you will stop thinking about your breathing and your mind will travel to other places. When this happens try to bring it back to focusing on your breath, but don’t worry about the thoughts you were lost in.
- At the end of the time you set aside, gently open your eyes and take a moment to notice and appreciate the sounds in your environment before you return to your daily routine.
Although hitting the gym is off limits for now, exercise can be easily achieved at home by following online workout tutorials, going out for a brisk walk or simply jumping on the spot. Regular activity is vital in maintaining general health and fitness, but also provides benefits that don’t include a glowing six pack. Endorphins and chemicals are released that act as natural painkillers and mood lifters which can really help people with depression, anxiety and stress. It can also aid with maintaining better sleep patterns and improving memory.
Reading is one of the best ways to relax. It is a great source of healthy escape that provides temporary distraction from our everyday lives but also improves our memory, intelligence and empathy.
Another great way to relax is to listen to music. Not only can it absorb out attention, it can help us to explore emotions. It is said to improve our memory, workouts, stress and anxiety amongst other benefits.
Painting and Drawing
Painting or drawing can help us to relax. It requires limited resources and offers endless creative outcomes with no restrictions. Whether your art comes from your imagination or you are guided by a tutorial, it allows for a temporary distraction and is great for the whole family to join in on.
Sometimes, we just need a break from people. It allows your brain to unwind, focus and think deeply. A break away can also enhance your relationship with others as you gain a better understanding of who you are, what you desire in life, and gives you time to appreciate what you have.
Scents hold more power when it comes to relaxation than you might think. A scent that makes you happy can promote sleep and when you smell something that reminds you of a good memory it can increase positivity. Some popular scents are lavender, vanilla and jasmine.
Be in Nature
Nature is a sure way to help us refresh and relax. Getting fresh air in your garden or going for a walk, helps with oxygen levels and also exposes us to Vitamin D. Greener natural spaces capture our attention more gently rather than imposing advertisement and other visual cues. This provides a more calming environment for our mind.
Social distancing means that technology and access to data or Wi-Fi is more important than ever, especially for home workers and students. But if you are struggling to relax, try turning your devices off for an hour to give your mind a break from constant news updates, gossip and spending all day looking at a screen. It can be refreshing to experience, giving you time to focus on yourself, connect and engage with the people in your household and learn some new skills.