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Helping Yourself to Relax and Unwind

 

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Relaxation is an important element of any healthy lifestyle. When we think of healthy living, we tend to automatically think of activity. We think of exercise. We think of being productive. However, you do need to learn to unwind and let your hair down if you want to maximise your wellbeing and live each day to the utmost. This, of course, can be easier said than done for many of us. We have busy schedules, high levels of responsibility and a whole lot to do to keep ourselves afloat in a number of ways. Plus, life is pretty stressful in general for most of us right now. We’re making our way out of a worldwide pandemic and are currently living through a cost of living crisis. The good news is that there are various things you can do to unwind. Here are some to take into consideration.


Get Into a Good Sleep Cycle


Many of us are stressed or exhausted because we don’t get enough sleep. People really tend to underestimate the impact of chronic sleeplessness, but it’s important that you’re aware that it really can have a negative impact on your mind, body and behaviour. Try to get into a good sleep pattern. Allocate yourself eight hours a night. Wind down before bed. Put devices away. Minimise blue light exposure. Create a comfortable sleeping environment. Each of these steps will help you to drift off and catch the zzz’s you need, putting you in better shape for the day ahead.


Give Yourself Some Free Time


Avoid consistently packing your calendar with plans. Free time to simply do nothing is important. Whether you nap, read a book, watch a TV show or run a nice, long bath. Taking some time to yourself can make all the difference.


Invest in Relaxing Products


Where there’s demand, companies will work to supply us with solutions. Sadly, a lot of people are stressed, highly wound and really need some assistance with relaxing. But this does also mean that a lot of companies are offering products that can help with this. From a quality CBD oil from CBDistillery to herbal teas, soothing temple rubs, nice smelling bath salts, pillow sprays to sleep better and so much more, you’re bound to find something that ticks your boxes and helps you to unwind.


Seek Further Support


If you find that you’re doing everything you can to relax and are still struggling, you may find that it’s a good idea to reach out for further, professional support. Sometimes, stress and ongoing feelings of anxiety or being unsettled could be a sign of an underlying mental illness. Alternatively, ongoing stress that can cause issues with sleep such as insomnia need to be professionally tackled too. Your doctor will be able to talk to you about your individual experience and guide you on the right path to quality treatment.


Of course, different approaches work for different people, as we all have different needs and preferences. But hopefully, some of the advice above will work for you and will help you to really let your hair down!


How do YOU relax and unwind? Do you have a particular nightly routine? Do you set aside a few hours to yourself most days? I'd love to hear your tips in the comment section below.

Disclaimer: This is a collaborative post.

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