7 Relaxing Activities to Help You Wind Down
Too much stress can negatively impact your health. You might experience so much stress that it ruins your sleep, or maybe it exhausts you to the point where you start burning out and can’t enjoy anything anymore. Research has demonstrated that getting relaxation time can profoundly reduce stress, but the benefits extend beyond the time that you’re relaxing. Here are a few relaxing activities that can help you decompress from your day.
Take Time for Yourself
According to an article in Psychology Today, taking some time for yourself can improve concentration, increase productivity, and even positively benefit the relationships in your life. Your “me” time doesn’t need to last for hours. If there are certain tasks that you can delegate or postpone, try to do that for the sake of getting some time alone. Being alone allows you to do whatever you want, whether it’s treating yourself to a home spa day, read a few pages from a book, or playing a cell phone game for 15 minutes.
Do a Skin Care Treatment
Research on the brain-skin connection shows that stress can exacerbate some skin conditions and have a detrimental effect on skin aging. Look into some skin care treatments that you’ve been interested in trying. If you’re doing an at-home spa experience, you can experiment with different kinds of mud face masks or Korean sheet masks. Having clean skin can relax you.
Hot Rock Massage
To contribute to the spa life, try out a hot stone massage. Hot stone massage therapies can help with pain management, joint flexibility, and even sleep. You can even do a hot rock massage yourself by purchasing stones or a hot massage kit online. The stones can be heated in a crockpot. Ask a friend to place the stones on you, or you can place them on yourself, although it will be tricky. A hot rock massage can help relax your muscles and give yourself a break.
Listen to Relaxing Music
Listening to music can have a very beneficial stress-relieving effect for people who are disabled or have a mental illness. Find music you love and allow yourself to relax into it. You can also try new music that is meant for meditation or some white noise music that allows your mind to wander. Whatever you listen to, make sure it allows your thoughts to go in a positive direction.
Sensory deprivation is a method that allows you do get detached from everyday stresses and news of the world. A float tank is typically filled with water and enough epsom salt to help you float without assistance. The lights are off and you can retreat into a state of meditation.
Take a Warm Bath or Shower
Taking a warm bath is not only a good way to relax your mind and help your body unwind, but also a simple way to burn some extra calories. It can even be a small technique that helps you manage blood sugar levels. If you don’t have a bath, try a shower. Some people enjoy bathing in the dark, as it allows them to relax even more.
Take a Quick Power Nap
Short naps are one way that experts suggest you can boost creativity, improve cognition, and generally live a healthier life. A short power nap can start with just closing your eyes for a short period of time. This will help you learn how to take quick naps that rejuvenate you.
Winding down and decompressing can be a great way to help you deal with the everyday stress of life. Try doing the more time-intensive activities in the evenings or on the weekends, but try to find ways to relax every day.
Melissa Howard ⎸[email protected]
Head of Prevention Outreach