Living in a busy city like London or Dublin can be exciting.
Every year millions of people are attracted to the hustle and bustle of the capital and you’re never at a loss of finding something to do.
However it’s easy to feel lost in a crowd and sometimes finding peace of mind can seem like the greatest challenge. It’s important to not only take care of your body but also, to take care of your mind as well.
So we suggest you find a big comfy chair and settle down with a cup of tea, as we show you our favourite ways to chill out!
We do it without even noticing, but we forget how important this simple exercise is in reducing stress! In a stressful situation, it’s important to breathe deeply through your mouth and out through your nostrils.
Try placing a hand gently on your torso and feel your stomach swell when you take in each breath.
Close your eyes and try to focus on nothing else except your lungs, flooding with Oxygen after every breath.
Do this for around two minutes and you’ll slowly feel your stress levels decrease.
Drink a glass of water
This is another action we probably do every day without thinking about.
As humans, we’re always anticipating what’s around the corner, or feeling stressed over something that happened last week. In order to reduce this anxiety we need to fully appreciate the ‘here and now’.
Performance artist, Marina Abramovic teaches us how to fully live in the moment with this simple, mindfulness exercise.
Write about it!
Sometimes, it’s hard to make sense of our own worries and feelings. Why not write them down?
This not only relaxes your mind but also allows you to look at your problems from a different perspective.
If you have a lot of things to do in your daily life, it’s best to keep a list and check them off one by one. By the end of the day, instead of feeling drained and lethargic, you can feel positive knowing that you have achieved something!
Take some time out for you
When you have a family and friends it’s hard to carve out some time for yourself.
Give yourself at least, an hour each day where you can be alone and truly do the things you want to do. Take a warm bath, listen to soothing music or even watch your favourite TV Show.
The great thing about setting aside time to relax is that you are less likely to procrastinate during the day when you really need to get things done!
Get a good night’s sleep
This is easier said than done, especially when you’ve had a stressful day. But if we aim to fit in a minimum of eight hours sleep a night, then your mind will be refreshed and ready to tackle the everyday challenges that get us down.
Set yourself a reasonable bedtime hour and maybe sip a cup of soothing Chamomile tea or warm milk before you get into bed. You’ll be dozing off in no time!
There you have our top five ways to wind down! If you have any ideas or tips on how you relax after a long day, then please let us know!
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