5 Ways to Relax
We have all had those hectic days where the world seems to be spinning a mile a minute. Once you get through it, it can be tough to wind back down. Here are five ways to relax your body and mind to end the day on a good note.
- Read a Book
The act of reading takes a lot of concentration and forces you to let go of everything going on around you. Pick up your favorite book and just read. Don’t set a certain page or time goal— just read until your heart finds a steady rhythm again. For an added bonus, play some instrumental music in the background. There are hundreds of videos on YouTube for free. My personal favorite lately has been a Taylor Swift instrumental by the channel “Relaxing Repertoire.”
- Watch your Comfort Show / Movie
Watching something familiar that you know you will enjoy is perfect for stressful days. For me, my comfort shows are Gilmore Girls and The Walking Dead, and my comfort movies are The Hunger Games and Twilight. I like to get snuggled in bed in pajamas, a blanket, and a snack for the ultimate relaxation experience. You can also apply a face mask while you do this.
- Stretch / Yoga / Exercise
If you need some physical relaxation, try moving your body. When you have a lot of energy to burn off, lifting weights or going for a run may be your best bet. If your shoulders feel tense, try some stretching or yoga. You can follow along to a video on YouTube or play your favorite music and stretch at your own pace. Something that usually cheers me up is playing Just Dance. If you do not have the video game, you can still give it a try! There is a surplus of videos on YouTube from the game that you can follow along with for free.
- Bake a Dessert
Chocolate chip cookies make everything better. Baking a dessert requires you to concentrate on measuring and mixing, helping you to let go of everything else that happened in your day. As a bonus, you get a delicious dessert at the end of it. I stick to cookies and brownies on tough days. I know it’s not the best thing to do, but I love to try to cookie dough and brownie batter. If you do not have access to an oven, you can still buy some comfort food. I like the chewy Chips Ahoy cookies or a spoonful of refrigerated frosting.
- Call a friend / family member
Sometimes all you need to do is talk. Whether you need a venting session or a distraction, reach out to someone. Getting what is bothering you off of your chest will help you greatly in the long run. It also helps to laugh about what it sometimes. A stubborn customer or coworker may have made it difficult for you to clock out at your scheduled time, but it makes for a humorous anecdote later.