Five things I do everyday to relax by Carol Williams Holistic Therapist Chester
1. Run/exercise. How can exercise by relaxing?! Getting out of puff is surely the opposite of chilling out? This is true, however, the effects of raising your heart rate for at least 20 minutes will help rid your body from stress and tension and will give you a clear mind. These feelings will last for some time following your workout. You will notice that when you don’t exercise or skip a workout you will possibly feel more tense and lethargic.
2. Meditate. Taking 10-15 minutes per day to close my eyes (not at bed time!) has its rewards. In this time I am aware of my breathe, the stillness of my body, that I am doing nothing. I then breathe out any feelings I do not wish to take with me into this day, and when they have all gone I breathe in all the positive feelings I wish to feel. This results in an energised, calm body and a happy mind😀
3. Eat and drink clean! Do you notice when you eat badly that it has an affect on your mood? Maybe you feel more tired, sleep less well, head is cloudy? By comparison, eating nourishing homemade foods like soups, stews, salads, bakes, roasted veggies actually makes you feel calmer? Avoid or keep to a minimum the nutrient-free foods and fill up on the good stuff. Drink water (hot, warm, cold) as much as possible, at least 8 glasses/mugs/day. My favourite herbal teas are calming chamomile and peppermint, the herbal digestive helper. Energy slumps and foggy head will be a thing of the past.
4. Relaxation time. With the above 3 points achieved, work and chores complete I enjoy sitting down (with a mug of herbal tea and a bowl of thick Greek yogurt mixed with flaked almonds!) with a movie or plan the next trip away. Sometime it’s difficult to stop but deciding on a time that you switch off your work laptop or emails/stop doing chores allows you the rest of the evening to truely allow your brain and body to relax. The remainder can wait until tomorrow!
5. Treat myself to a massage! Every few weeks I love to receive a massage treatment. During this time I let go of the tension that builds up in my muscles. I enter the treatment usually feeling pretty good, but when I leave I am happier, my breathing is more relaxed and something appears to have lifted. It feels good that I have taken this time to remove anything negative which is not of benefit to me or those around me.
Have a wonderful 2017!