Whether you work the regular 9-5, or maybe you’re involved in the new-age 4-10’s everyone seems to be over the moon about (Personally, I’d do just about anything for perpetual 3-day weekends, so I’m on board) chances are by the end of your day, you’re feeling pretty beat.
To fight the stress and finally relax, you don’t need to break the bank on a spa treatment, jacuzzi, or anything else companies will try to sell to you for “total relaxation.” In fact, there are numerous ways to relax your mind and body while just sitting at home, no extra effort required.
1. Feng Shui
If you’re not one for organizing or cleaning your place up at what seems like a constant rate, consider rearranging your furniture and other possessions to follow the ideals of feng shui, which essentially are this: your surroundings have an effect on your inner self, and vice versa.
So, if your home offers you a positive energy in the way space is utilized, you’re more likely to see similarly positive aspects in your daily life. You may find that you’ve inexplicably become more organized and tidy at the office, in your car, or in your thoughts, after doing something as simple as taking advantage of the natural light in a room, or adjusting the position of your couch in relation to the wall.
While it may sound silly, there are psychological aspects behind the organization and decoration that our minds subconsciously recognize and react to.
2. Practice More Yoga
You don’t need a gym membership, or even a yoga mat to be able to take part in the exercise. And, not only is it known to relax your mind and body, there are numerous other benefits to partaking in yoga, a few being:
- Building muscle strength
- Increases blood flow
- Increases your heart rate
- Improves your balance
3. Take On New Hobbies
Particularly if the hobbies get you outside and into the fresh air, you’re in business. (Fresh air is known to not only boost your immune system, but also improve your overall mood!)
Consider taking on a new outdoor activity or sport, such as rock climbing, hiking, tennis, or golf. Even if it’s a little too bitterly cold outside for you to strap on your sneakers and hit the dirt right away, there are various sport simulators you could test drive instead– in case you want to try a sport before you “buy” it. (Golf clubs can cost upwards of $200– so yeah, personally, I’d like to make sure I enjoyed it before I investing that much!)
4. Furry Friends
Apparently, after only 15 to 30 minutes of quality time with your cat, your mood increases and your nerves relax. And, more so than cats, dogs are actually attuned to human moods, body language, and voice, and are able to understand and react accordingly.
Have you ever had a bad day, gotten home, only for your dog to endlessly shower you with affection? (Even more than normal, I’m guessing.)
People with pets are also known to have a lower chance at heart disease/other heart related complications, and, particularly with dog owner, lowering blood pressure and bodyweight as they’re likely taking man’s best friend for their daily walks. Personally, I don’t understand any reason a person wouldn’t want a pet of their own (allergic reactions permitted.)
For a lot of people, myself included, the idea that cooking a meal could be anything less than a stressful mess is laughable– but it’s true, cooking is therapeutic
Culinary connoisseurs out there justify this for a number of reasons, those including: the feeling of nurturing cooking brings; the idea that you’re in control of your own fate, dinner wise; the fun of trying new things and making new memories, whether or not the dish turns out a success or a failure.
So, whichever side you fall on in terms of how cooking makes you feel, there’s no denying that the practice brings about a lot of mystery and excitement, no matter how experienced you may or may not be.
6. Hot Baths
Not only do hot baths work to soothe your muscles, particularly those in your back if you’ve been sitting up at a computer all day, but with the new popularity of bath bombs (which you can make yourself, thanks to the guardian angel that is Pinterest) and essential oils, the opportunities are endless. Bombs for the water, oils for the air, and you have yourself a mini spa-soak waiting for you.
7. Netflix Night
With the rise of almighty online streaming services, more and more common is it for someone to add “watching Netflix/Hulu/Amazon Prime” onto their “favorite things to do” list. And there’s a reason, if you didn’t already participate in this yourself– the ability to sit down with a blanket, your cat, and a bowl of popcorn in itself is a nice thought, but add onto that the ability to watch every episode of every season of your favorite show, and suddenly you have your entire night planned, no pants required.
If you’re less of a TV-watcher and more of a book-reader, then welcome to the alternative to my previous blanket, couch, cat combination describe in #7.
Apparently, reading by itself is enough to soothe your worried mind within only 6 minutes of starting. And, to champion the mighty book over the almighty streaming service– books will never be taken away because their contract expired. You can read, re-read, and dog-ear every page until there’s nothing left.
9. Keeping A Journal
Other than drinking a little bit and complaining to your overly-exuberant dog about your bad day (we’ll get to that in a bit), one of the best ways to vent your frustrations while still keeping your dignity is by keeping a journal of your daily life.
Even if most entries consist of only a few lines talking about how boring or great your job is, simply the act of reflecting back on your day is soothing to the mind as it helps to release pent-up emotions. So, instead of hitting the keyboard for a public complaint on Facebook, instead take to the pages of a notebook, where you can be as candid as necessary, without any possible retribution.
It’s a pretty well-known fact that alcohol helps with nervous jitters, as it takes its effects on a person’s nervous system and acts as a depressant. This slows your heart rate, and in a lot of ways your mind, so that you’re able to see more clearly through any panic that might’ve otherwise been clouding your judgement. On top of this, a glass wine at the end of the day is known to facilitate a good night’s sleep, so long as you don’t go overboard.
With all of that in mind, I only have one thing to add: grab a cat, a book, and bottoms up.