There is nothing better than coming back home after a long day at work or running errands. That feeling of walking in and shutting out the world outside. Your home should be your sanctuary, cocoon you from what’s on the other side of the door. Then, once inside, you need to make sure that your surroundings reflect this. Here are some hints and tips on how to really unwind and leave your troubles behind.
First off you need to be comfortable. It’s hard to relax in jeans that you have worn all day. Soft plush fabrics in neutral colours exude relaxation and comfort, but also elegance. Just because you’re lounging at home doesn’t mean that you can’t look good at the same time. Use an ASOS voucher code and choose from their enticing range of affordable loungewear. They come in soft materials like cotton or cashmere. With their calming earth tones you will instantly feel more relaxed. Spread fluffy cushions and sumptuous throws to sink into around the house.
Unwind to music
Is there anything more satisfying than putting on some relaxing music? Musical tastes differ greatly from person to person, so choose what resonates with you. Settle into your favourite chair, lie on your bed, sink into that bath or go into the garden and feel the grass beneath your feet as you start to forget about everything else and just live in the moment. The joy of dance is well documented as being a stress reliever so grab your partner, or even your dog, and have a kitchen disco… shake it all off. You should soon feel liberated and ready to relax with all your stress easing.
Another of life’s greatest pleasures is cooking a favourite meal or enjoying the process of baking bread or making desserts. There is something so relaxing about losing yourself in the process of preparing food and cooking. Choosing your ingredients, measuring them out, chopping them up, stirring, mixing and blending. It’s simple, yet satisfying… Of course then comes the real pleasure, in tasting the food. Enjoying a home cooked meal with a nice glass of wine and some good conversation is perfect to help you unwind at the end of the day.
Make time for you
For some, there’s nothing better than relaxing in a warm, soothing bubble bath where you can wash your cares away, literally. The bath is the ideal spot to put on a face mask or hair mask and let the ingredients sink in while the steam and scented bubbles envelope you. A bath is the ideal place to practice mindfulness meditation or maybe you prefer to read a book? Some people even like to watch a movie while relaxing in the suds, the joys of modern technology mean that you can binge watch your favourite programmes wherever you are.
Craft yourself calm
Another way to calm your mind and alleviate stress is through crafting. There has been a huge surge in the amount knitting and crocheting over recent times. This is no longer seen as a pastime for elderly ladies. Young people have realised just how relaxing it can be. If you’re not dexterous enough for these crafts try some water colours or sketching. It doesn’t matter how good you are, it’s all about the act of losing yourself in the moment.
Self-care is a phrase that has been thrown about a lot over the past couple of years, but with our increasingly pressured lives it’s important we don’t forget about the little things that can make a difference to our days. Business Insider magazine has listed 15 scientifically backed ways to relax and unwind. You will be amazed at how simple some of them are! Did you know that spending time with a dog is one of the best ways to relax according to their research? It releases endorphins and oxytocin which help to de-stress and lower blood pressure.
Sometimes day to day life can get on top of us, but try and not let it with these fool-proof ways of relaxing.