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July 21, 2017
Almost a week before the end of this month and you sit at your desk staring right into the screen with 364 mails in your inbox. Workload is piling up, deadlines are chasing but all you can think of is curling up under your blanket with a cup of warm drink and your favorite movie. In short, it is about time you relax and the perfect time to unwind. Finding time to relax can be difficult. With hectic work, family and social lives, it can be tough to strike a fair balance between them. What more taking time out for a proper pampering session for yourself? When we talk about taking a break, a weekend beach getaway might seem to be the most ideal solution. But there isn’t always time for a tanning session. Today, we’ve rounded up 8 bulletproof ways for you to relax at your backseat!
There isn’t any simpler way to relax than to just breathe. If you didn’t know, it is also a useful tool to prevent panic attacks! It is one of the quickest and most effective aids to relaxation. All you need is a five minutes break from your stress load and concentrate on your breathing. Lengthening and strengthening the breath helps send signals to the brain to relax.
We all know that our favorite tunes can lighten our spirits. Sometimes, belting out the lyrics to them can make you feel a whole lot better. Perhaps, apart from your usual playlist, you could try including a few tracks of classical music and nature sounds for that extra calming effect. It also allows you to concentrate on the different melodies to take your mind off the load for a bit!
Turn your home into a relaxing sanctuary with your favorite scent and playlist for the extra calming effect. Remember walking out of a spa feeling all recharged? Yes, the trick is in the scents and playlist! You can try scented candles or essential oils. Flavors such as lavender, lemon, jasmine, chamomile and peppermint are widely used for their relaxing effect too.
You don’t need to run a few kilometers to de-stress. All forms of exercises can ease anxiety too. Stretching can relieve muscle tension and helps us relax during a stressful workday. Yoga can give you a piece of mind and calms the body and soul. When feeling overwhelmed or having trouble concentrating, a quick stroll around can do the trick too. That post-exercise endorphin rush can sharply cut stress too.
Laughing is probably one of the silliest yet most effective ways to beat the stress and lighten the load mentally. It is definitely a good idea to take a quick break to get some giggles on when work has got us down. You can try checking out funny video clips to calm the jittery nerves and for a quick perk-me-up!
Nothing beats munching on comfort food, that is coincidentally also a great calming food. It is believed that the sugar in chocolates helps to reduce stress and when we find pleasure in eating chocolate, our brain releases endorphin's that acts just like a pain-reliever to our mental well being. Perhaps if you are a little concerned on the extra calories, go for dark chocolate with 70% cocoa instead!
In this pro-social world, if we are not with others we are usually on the phone or constantly looking for activities to do with people. What we don’t realize is sometimes when the going gets tough, all we need is a little time alone to gather your thoughts. Plan for a time when you can completely disconnect, whether it is for just 15 minutes or even an entire day. You can learn to enjoy the sound of silence and to sit quietly and hear what is going on inside you, rather than what is around you. So schedule some sacred silent time among all the ruckus of your daily life!
Replace your usual flat white with a warm cup of brew with leaves. It was found that people who drink tea were able to de-stress more quickly! One study found that drinking black tea leads to lower post stress levels and great feeling of relaxations. However, other herbal teas such as Chamomile are often used to soothe the stomach and decrease mild anxiety as well! You can try breathing in the aroma of the tea leaves before drinking the tea for the extra calming effect too!
Now that we have rounded up these 8 ways where you can de-stress almost anywhere and everywhere, it is no excuse for you to not relax anymore! Plus, IT’S FRIDAY! Have a great weekend!
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