So this may be the simplest ways to relax, but we often take our breath for granted. When we’re in an anxious state, or breathing becomes shallow, filling only the top of our lungs. This isn’t efficient into getting oxygen into our system, so we may feel sluggish and tired. Sit up straight and make a concious effort to breathe deep into your stomach, causing it to push out. On the exhale, allow your stomach to contract. Keep breathing until you start feeling lighter and more awake.
Getting fresh air and connecting with nature is paramount to our stress levels. If you can, head to your local park or gardens to be around trees and flowers, or if you’re lucky enough to live by the beach, head there. Going barefoot on grass grounds you instantly, and will stop a fuzzy, light head in its tracks.
Visualising a calm scene will bring you to a place of happiness. Close your eyes and breathe deeply. Allow your mind to travel to a place of beauty and tranquility, and let yourself relax there for a while. If you have trouble visualising, you can download my free 20 minute guided meditation below.
Ok, you might not want to do this one in the office, but dancing to feel-good music instantly gets the juices flowing. 5 minutes of jumping around to Florence and the Machine, and your mood is bound to be better!
Affirming new beliefs is an amazing way to build your confidence and re-write new stories in your mind. I have written a seperate post all about the power of affirmations here.
Drawing or colouring activates the right side of your brain, which unless you’re in a creative line of work, rarely gets used. Doodling allows the mind to wander and puts it in a relaxed state.
Sometimes we can’t remember the last time we had a proper belly laugh. Create a playlist on YouTube of your favourite funny videos (Friends is always a winner) and take 5 minutes out to have a good giggle to release some uplifting feel-good endorphins into your system!
Being sat at desks and in cars all day does nothing for our posture. I recommend getting up and stretching every hour (again check out YouTube for quick and easy videos.) I often suggest to clients to put a post-it note on their computer, asking how their posture is. This mental note will immediately cause you to shift in your seat.
Daydreaming is one of life’s greatest pleasures, yet past childhood, we rarely take time to indulge. Drifting off to different lands and creating joyful scenarios in our minds allows us to escape the stress which we may be feeling.
Creating something is a fun way to allow our minds to relax. Knitting, crochet or pottery, are all hobbies which use tactile materials which can be deeply soothing. Check out Pinterest for inspiration, and your local college for classes.
How you do like to relax? Tag us in your photos on Instagram #sisterchill so we can see!
Til next time,
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