Take a deep breath. You’ve had a long day. The first thing you want to do is open a bottle of wine and turn on your favorite binge-worthy show. Sounds pretty great if you ask us, but the stress and noise in your mind will find its way back one way or another. We’ve found that distracting your mind with temporary fixes is only...well...temporary. So, let’s try this again. Take a deep breath, hold it for a moment, and then exhale into the 3 practices that we use to help us naturally unwind after a long day.
1. Make Space For Yourself
Taking some alone time is a great way to quiet your thoughts and really focus on YOU. Forget about whatever happened during the day and hone in on what you will do to make yourself feel good. All you need is five minutes of alone time to get you closer to calm. If your new work environment is a home office, it is very difficult to shut that door and walk away until the next day. Try to make it a point to find a little area for yourself to just be to yourself. A great tip is to head to a park or even your backyard if you are lucky enough! Looking at nature scenes can be more relaxing than staring at your phone screen or television. Being able to view the beauty around us for a few minutes might get you out of your own head so give yourself permission to do absolutely nothing but gaze.
2. Have A Mindful Moment
Put your feet up, stretch it out, meditate. These mindful moments can be so therapeutic for our souls after a long day. The constant hustle and bustle of the day can leave you feeling burnt out pretty quickly. You don’t need a 90-minute yoga session to reap the benefits of stretching, but if that is your jam, we aren’t stopping you! If you’ve been sitting all day, the “legs up the wall” yoga pose will rejuvenate your insides without doing any “work”. The effects of this posture have restorative effects and help settle the mind and body. Meditation is becoming more popular with each and every generation as time goes on. The best part is that meditation is completely free. You can meditate in as little as one minute with breathing and visualization techniques. Meditation is an art form for the health of your mind. It may feel strange at first to just sit in silence with your innermost thoughts and feelings, but that’s okay! You will learn how to train your mind with awareness and transform your perspective on life. You will feel relaxed while staying focused.
3. Use Your Senses
You’ve heard about it, smelled it, or probably had a candle of some sort in your house with the soothing scent of lavender. The oils in the plant help send stress and anxiety packing by stimulating receptors in the nose that connect to the part of the brain that regulates emotions. Diffusers are a great way to incorporate aromatherapy into your life. Essential oils have been hitting the shelves more regularly over the past few years because of the increasing health benefits found after using them. If you can’t get your hands on a diffuser or oils, stop and smell some flowers. Try to keep a jar of your favorite variety near your workspace or living area. Bonus points for nature!
We hope you enjoy our tips and tricks to relax from the stressors constantly surrounding us. Try one avenue and see how you feel. Once you feel more comfortable, add on, and incorporate the other activities. Good luck and leave the wine for us, we will take good care of it!