Natural Ways To Relax And Unwind
There seems to be a prevailing idea that being as busy as possible for as much of the time as possible is a good thing. In some ways, this is true; it is good to be busy. If you’re busy, you are staying occupied and ideally, being productive. This means you can get on well in work, create new things, and generally be proud of what you are doing.
However, if you are always working and never take the time to relax, then it is not such a good thing. Instead of being extremely productive, the less you relax the more tired you will be, and then, even if you’re working the same long hours, your productivity will reduce dramatically. In the end this means you will become stressed, depressed, increase blood pressure, and be miserable in general. Therefore, it is always good to take some time out to relax once in a while; it’s like recharging your batteries.
Some people find it hard to relax properly. They are so used to working that as soon as they stop, they begin to feel bored, and they just can’t seem to unwind. If that sounds like you, here are some natural ways you can relax more easily to help you have a happier, healthier, more productive life.
Get A Pet
Although having a pet is a lot of responsibility, it is also a good way to naturally relax. This may sound like a contradiction, but it’s true; when you are focusing your attention on your pet, you are able to become less stressed about other areas of your life, and this means your body can relax more as it is less tense. Plus, your brain will be working out the best ways to keep your pet healthy with food, exercise, holistic remedies and CBD for dogs, plus lots of love. There won’t be room to think about other, more worrisome things, at least not when you are caring for your pet. By the time your pet is resting, the problems you were experiencing may not seem so bad; you might even have a solution for them.
It can also feel relaxing just to have another creature around in your home; it doesn’t matter if not another person. In fact, pets offer unconditional love and are always pleased to see you. This can be the best form of therapy there is.
Use Essential Oils
Another great way to help your body and mind relax is to use essential oils. These oils can be used to help you unwind, and they are especially useful since they can be used in conjunction with other remedies. For example, you can have:
- Chamomile in a tea
- Lavender sprinkled on your pillow
- Relaxing oils used in a hot bath
- Aromatic oils used in an incense burner (this can be particularly useful since the burner can be used at any time you are in the room, even if you’re working, watching TV, reading, listening to music, or anything else, giving you an even better chance to relax properly)
Exercise doesn’t sound like a particularly relaxing thing to do when you first consider it, but there are many different forms of exercise which are proven to help the body and mind relax. No matter what kind of exercise you try, it is likely that you will start to focus more on what you are doing and less on the things that are troubling you. You can even think of it as a way to trick your brain into believing that there is nothing to worry about (and sometimes this really is the case, of course).
If you’ve had a bad day and you need to unwind, you might find that going for a run, following a workout video, or even doing a yoga class (which is in itself relaxing anyway) helps you to get back on track and feel better.
Breathing exercises are an ideal, and extremely natural, way to relax more. They are also perfect for those who don’t have much time, and can’t regularly go to the gym or take care of a pet, for example. When you start to implement breathing exercises into your life, you will find you only need 10 minutes or so to feel truly relaxed, and that means anyone can do this no matter what else they have scheduled for the day. It can even be done first thing in the morning when you wake up, or just before you go to sleep at night.
When you are less relaxed, you will breathe much more shallowly and therefore less oxygen is going around your body. When this happens, your brain won’t function as it should; you will feel tired, confused, and be unproductive. Taking just 10 minutes to breathe deeply and calmly and re-set your oxygen levels will help you hugely when it comes to getting on with the day ahead, or being able to sleep well.
Maggie Hammond is a proud mama to two little people, plus one too many furry friends.
She is passionate about alternative medicine, the great outdoors and animal welfare.