I’m sure we can all agree a nice day at the spa, or a glass of wine surrounded by a beautiful atmosphere is enough to set us up for relaxation. When fitting a winery day into your schedule or budgeting for a spa day just isn’t possible, it’s absolutely necessary to learn How to Relax at Home.
Importance of Giving Yourself Time to Relax
So many of us discredit how important it is to learn How to Relax at Home. The health benefits of giving yourself just 15 minutes per day dedicated to relaxation would blow your mind. This is especially true for someone like me who has a history of overwhelming stress and anxiety.
Re-direct Your Mind to Relax
It all sounds fine and dandy, right? But when we have a million things flying through our brains, how is it possible to just shut it all off? MIND OVER MATTER: the use of willpower to overcome physical problems. You have to choose this time for yourself, you have to choose to put yourself first. These are just a couple things I tell myself to re-direct my mind to relax at home:
- Self-love and self-care is not selfish
- We don’t feel exhausted because we are doing too much. We feel exhausted because we are doing too LITTLE of the things that make us feel alive
How to Relax Your Mind
These are some ways I relax my mind at home, starting with a very powerful question:
- What if the only things you had tomorrow were the things you expressed gratitude for today? Take time to pick out a notebook, and then take the time to write at least 5 things you are grateful for every single day. Choose the morning or night and dedicate 5 minutes to yourself and your gratitude journal. Asking yourself this question should make 5 additions to your gratitude journal simple, there are so many things to be thankful for and simply realizing that definitely bring a sense of relaxation over me.
- Read a book. Pull that book off of the shelf you have been saying you were going to read for months. You may not have one, make time for yourself and go to a book store; if you can’t seem to get to the book store, research books online and purchase an e-book or audible book from the comfort of your home. Force yourself to read for 15 minutes every day at your designated relaxation time. The biggest perk of this for me is getting away from technology and social media, reading something that I chose to read and not something someone else chose for me on my timeline.
- Spend more time with your animals. I understand this may not apply to everyone, but over 65% of the population has a pet in their home. Taking 10 minutes out of your day will not only give your pet a tremendous amount of joy, but it will be sure to leave you feeling great by increasing you feel-good chemicals. Spending time playing with your pet is proven to increase the levels of serotonin and dopamine in your brain and is sure to help you relax at home.
How to Relax Your Body
One of the most powerful meditation processes I have found in my years of striving for a stress-free life is by far one of the easiest. You can be laying in bed, sitting in a comfortable chair, or even laying on the floor. It may sound silly at first, but I promise you if you take it seriously and choose yourself and your relaxation at this moment, it may surprise you.
- Close your eyes and simply bring awareness to every part of your body.
- Start at your head or your toes, and work your way up or down. You don’t need to move unless it feels comforting to do so.
- Simply think of that area on your body and acknowledge it’s existence.
- Try to give each body part the time it deserves until you have reached the opposite end.
- End by taking 3 deep breath
This process may seem uncomfortable at first, but that is all a part of the process. You are learning How to Relax at Home and if you are not used to choosing yourself in your home environment, it may take time to become at one with your body and mind.
KEEP YOUR PROMISE TO YOURSELF, COMMIT.
These Mind and Body Health Tips are all things I feel are extremely doable no matter what type of lifestyle you may live. Whether you work nights, weekends, or both; whether you have a baby at home or 5 kids of all ages; these practices should fit within your life, if you let them. It may take some time to find what technique brings you the most happiness and sense of relaxation. You may not find your routine for relaxing at home until you try a few different things, that’s okay! Be patient with yourself, you deserve it. Once you find what works for you, write down your commitment to yourself and read it out loud. Commit. You spend your life keeping promises to everyone around you, it’s time to give yourself that same level of respect.
TODAY, CHOOSE YOU