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Published on: 12 Oct 2016 by tilly-k
Do you ever feel like you’re on a non-stop hamster wheel?
Rarely finding time to relax, constantly busy and with very little time to even
stop and think. I do! We lead increasingly busy and ‘wired’ lives and sometimes
it can be difficult to set aside free time to simply relax and wind down from a
busy day at work or looking after the children. It’s important that we do make
that time though, otherwise you might be headed towards health problems such as
exhaustion. Schedule in a few hours to yourself on a weekly basis, you’ll be
grateful for it in the long run and you might find you feel more motivated and
So how do you relax? It sounds like an obvious question but
we just can’t seem to tear ourselves away from our smartphones and social media
these days. You need to ensure you’re fully switched off from the digital world
to truly let your mind have some time off.
Check out my top 5 ways to unwind and chill out…
Head to the spa
The spa is the perfect destination for ultimate relaxation.
Your phone will be left in the locker (especially important!) and you can enjoy
an afternoon of pure pampering and minimal distraction. My personal favourite
destination for a spa day is www.bedfordlodgehotelspa.co.uk located close to my home city of Cambridge, as not only do they offer an array of super impressive spa facilities (hello rooftop
hot tub!), the adjacent hotel is home to an award winning restaurant with the
most delicious food all sourced locally. Yum!
Get lost in a book
I love to read I just never seem to find the time, as once I’ve
eventually made it to bed I’m far too tired to think about reading. Clear your
schedule one Sunday afternoon, grab a blanket, a good cup of coffee and an interesting
read. It really does let your mind float away and forget the stresses of daily
life, even if only for a couple of hours. Try and make this a weekly event if
you can, as it’s also good to keep up your reading and learning!
Try some home yoga
If you’ve never tried yoga before, you should definitely
give it a try at home first as it’s a great activity for relaxing, especially
after a stressful day. It works well to ease any tension in your shoulders and
is fabulous for overall wellbeing. I try and practice yoga 2-3 times a week as
I find it really helps me to unwind and drift away. There are tonnes of free
resources on YouTube so go ahead and have a little research.
There’s nothing better than running a warm bath with plenty
of bubbles and salts! Grab your favourite magazine and settle down for some
serious tub time. Light your favourite candles to really set the mood and turn
off the harsh lights. Epsom salts are actually great for detoxing so be sure to
pour some of these into your water for a health boost too.
Get creative in the kitchen
Some people love cooking, some people hate it! I personally
find that an evening with the house to myself spent cooking up a new dish to be
rather therapeutic. I put my favourite music on and get to work. You never
know, you might quite enjoy it. Put together a playlist, scout out a new recipe
and maybe even pour yourself a glass of wine for a little refreshment.