It’s important to find ways to unwind and relieve stress after a long day. And since the weather is cooling down, we’re going to have to focus on indoor activities to keep us busy through autumn and winter. So today I thought it would be fun to brainstorm some ways to help you relax at the end of the day. Keep reading and take notes so you can bask in the beauty rest you deserve!
Read a Book: If you normally watch TV or surf the web before bed, chances are you have a tough time falling asleep. Studies show that TV and electronics tend to stimulate your brain too much at night when you should be relaxing. This is hard to do for a lot of people, including myself, but trust me you will sleep much sounder if you do it. Instead, try switching up your routine and pick up a good book… not a tablet! It’s extremely calming to lose yourself in a great story, so if you need some recommendations, check out my fall reading list.
Drink Tea: Hot teas like chamomile or peppermint herb are particularly good for bedtime. Herbal and decaf are best because they produce a relaxing effect that helps you fall asleep. Some health food stores even have teas that are specifically made to help you fall asleep, so check those out too! Just avoid caffeinated teas and drinks.
Take a Hot Bath: After a long week, I love to relax in the tub with some suds and salts. Relaxing in a warm bath will help to stimulate your blood circulation and, of course, reduces stress. It’s great for soothing body aches and pains too. Add some essential oils and a scented candles and you’ll be in heaven.
Meditate: People who are overwhelmed with busy schedules often feel there is no time to stop and meditate. But did you know that meditation can actually give you more time during the day? This is another challenge for me and something that I am trying to work on because the people that I know that actually do meditate are much happier and calmer throughout their days. Meditation helps to clear your mind and balance your entire body. And with a clear conscious and healthy spirit, you’ll find more time to enjoy during the day.
Yoga or Pilates are both excellent for keeping your mind and body in good health. Bikram or other types of hot yoga are especially fun during the colder months because you leave the class dripping with sweat and are instantly cooled down when you walk out the door! This is also a great way to calm your brain down and allow it to relax from all the daily stresses you endure.
And if your budget allows, treat yourself to a day at the spa. Nothing is more relaxing than being pampered like a princess!
How do you relax at the end of the day? Share your tips in the comments below!