Finding some spare time in our busy lives can be difficult. Between work, school runs, sports, errands and everything in between, it can be downright impossible to allocate blocks of time to yourself. However, it’s extremely important that we are all aware of both our mental and physical wellbeing, as a busy lifestyle with no down time can negatively impact our health. Here are a few ways you can find time to relax any day, any time, any where.
Make the most of your shower
Everyone has to shower at some point in the day, so make the most of this time and turn it into a micro-retreat. Close the bathroom door, ensure the space is quiet or filled with relaxing music, try lighting a candle or dimming the lights for a soothing ambience and pick up a couple of essential oils that you can drip onto the shower floor for an aromatherapy experience. Lavender, chamomile and frankincense are proven to be soothing, relaxing and promote a peaceful mind. Take things to the next level by investing in personal toiletries that smell or feel luxurious.
Take a moment to breathe
Whether at home, work or out and about, sometimes you just need to take a moment to breathe mindfully. This can be done at your desk or on the run. Inhale a long, deep breath through your nose, count two seconds, then exhale. Pause for another two seconds, then repeat.
Remove yourself from the digital world
If you’re at home, put away all your digital devices, such as phones, tablets and computers, and do something solitary, such as going for a walk, reading a few pages of a book. If you’re at work, leave all your devices at your desk and take a walk in the fresh air. Being disconnected from the digital world for a little while can do wonders for your focus and energy.
Learn how to say ‘no’
Saying yes to every invite, task, or opportunity can create more stress, Learning how to say no (politely!) to people, events and opportunities that you don’t want to see, do or take on is okay. Time is precious, and if a particular thing doesn’t align with your personal goals, or you simply don’t feel up to doing it, don’t. Use the time that would have been spent on that particular thing on a nap, a yoga class, book club or meditation.
Utilise your commute
Instead of squeezing in some extra work on your commute to the office, use this time to read a book, listen to a podcast, or simply put away all distractions and take the opportunity to breathe deeply, clear your mind and set your intentions and goals for the day. Bring a pen and notebook to write down any niggling thoughts or reminders.
If you spend a lot of time scrolling through your phone or mindlessly staring at Netflix most evening, make the active decision to find something that makes you laugh. Laughing has been found to reduce stress, soothe tension and relieve pain. So find a funny Youtube channel or pop on a Netflix comedy special.
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