Hi!! How the heck is everyone? With how busy we all can get, I have been reminded the importance of taking even just 5 minutes a day to let myself relax and center myself. I will literally go crazy if I don’t 😉 CRAZY I tell you!! Trying to find a balance with everything we all have going on in our lives can be tough, but struggling through and not letting your mind and body rest at all is actually really bad for you. Let’s talk about kicking back and relaxing a little bit!
Working long hours, looking after a family, maintaining a social life, hobbies, exercise and other commitments can be a struggle. Many of us are balancing so many different things, life can easily become stressful and overwhelming. And with so much to do, kicking back and relaxing is probably the last thing on your mind. Like many of you are probably laughing at this post with me even suggesting you “kick back and relax” right?!? I get it, I’m the exact same with myself…. I have no time to RELAX, but I have learned pretty quickly that I need to make time or I suffer even more. It’s so important to do so for the sake of your health. You make the effort to eat well and exercise so why not take the time to de-stress and unwind when your body needs it? Here are some of the ways you can go about it… EVEN if you’re a super busy person like many of you!
The benefits of massage are pretty great and I was not fully aware of it until I went in for a couple of prenatal massages. As well as easing tense muscles and lowering blood pressure, massage actually causes the release of endorphins (which are our brain’s ‘happy chemicals’) leaving you with an improved sense of wellbeing. Different types of massage will use different techniques and are used in different ways. For example deep tissue massage is effective for injured muscles and can promote healing. Holy Hannah though, those deep tissue massages can be a killer. It is for sure that “hurts so good” kind of thing 😉 Hot stone massage can ease muscle stiffness and reduce tension. Aromatherapy massage can help to relax as well as promote healing in different ways. For example, eucalyptus and pine can provide a decongesting effect, and lavender can promote relaxation. There are essential oil reviews all over that you could check out online if you wanted to try self massage, or get a partner to help. hint hint…back massages tonight?! I think so 😉
Hot Baths/ Hot Tubs
Okay so honestly, hot tubs gross me out a little bit but they can feel so good. Hot Bath’s became my best friend at the end of my pregnancy and I can’t express enough how much it helped with my sore back and helped me relax. Being submerged in warm water helps to lower heart rate and reduce blood pressure. Hopping in the bath after a long and stressful day is a cheap and accessible way anyone can relax, plus it’s a calm place away from everywhere else where you can just clear your mind. This is something I’m going to try to do again once a week. Allow myself some time to take a bath and just relax. We will see how that goes!
Meditation focuses on mindfulness– bringing the mind to the current moment. This is my favorite way to relax myself and something I highly encourage you to try! During meditation it is so nice to not stress about the past or worry about the future. You can concentrate on your breathing and allow your body to fully relax. It taps into a deep level of calm, and has been scientifically proven to be beneficial in many ways. I partner up a lot of my time to pray with a little meditation and there isn’t anything that centers me more than that! It helps improve memory, self awareness and perspective. It lowers heart rate and blood pressure and can lead to a deeper and better quality of sleep. It’s simple to do, and looks different for everyone. If you are new to meditation, there are many apps you can download to help you get started. I personally like to have some tea, grab my bible, and spend some time in silent prayer and deep breathing. It is crazy how much of a difference this makes in my day
Do you make time to relax, for the sake of your health? I’m suggesting even 5 minutes a day… just try it 🙂