Friday, 17 January 2014

RELEXATION: Tips on How To Relax

Relaxing isn't something I find very easy, my mind seems to be running at 100 mph at all times. I'm either worrying about something, thinking about work or what I should do next - my mind never seems to just rest! I hadn't really thought about this that much, it's just how I am and I was fine with that. I say 'was' because when I started working full time I quickly realised that I needed to be able to have some time just relaxing. There's always so much going on with my job and with my personality the way it is, it is very easy to become overwhelmed. I'm sure there are so many of you that feel like this sometimes too. At work we had a 'wellness day', a day all about how to relax. I honestly think this day should be compulsory 'training' in every work place because whatever your job you've more than likely felt stressed at some point. I have never really tried to make a conscious effort to relax before but after this 'wellness day' I have learnt so much and have since made a real effort to genuinely try and relax. We tried meditation, aromatherapy, yoga and dance. I had never tried yoga, meditation or aromatherapy - so I went in with an open mind.

Personally, I didn't really like yoga - although it is a great way to relax. I found it so hard to do any of the 'moves' - it seems even lifting my arm up for 2 minutes was almost impossible! However if you like doing toning exercises, you'll love yoga! One of my friends has completed a 12 week yoga course and absolutely loves it, so it's completely personal preference. That's the important thing with all of these 'relaxing tips' - what works for one person might not work for someone else. I just wanted to share with you all some of the tips I learnt and have helped me learn to relax.

I never thought mediation would be 'my thing' but I'm really warming towards it. There is something very relaxing about laying down, listening to peaceful music and really concentrating on relaxing every part of your body. I have downloaded a free app on my iPad Mini called 'Be Fearless'. It has one 'Stress_Relieve' 16 minute meditation for free, you can of course pay money to download others. It plays relaxing music and someone is talking to you, telling you how to relax. I can't 'turn off' for 16 minutes yet, I start getting distracted at around 8 minutes, but I'm hoping I'll be able to build up to complete the whole session.

Essential oils can be used for a wide variety of reasons, during the day we had the chance to make our own aromatherapy oil. As I very rarely feel relaxed I decided to design one aimed at helping with anxiety/stress. Peppermint and Neroli are meant to be good for stress relief, we mixed the essential oils with grape seed oil. It smells amazing and during that intake of breath it is quite relaxing.

Do you use any of these techniques to relax?

Feel free to comment :)



  1. I wish I knew how to properly switch off and relax - it's not really something I've ever been truly capable of achieving.

  2. I might have to get myself some of that oil to carry around with me!
    I really need to get into the habit of switching off for a bit.

    Jenn | Photo-Jenn-ic


  3. I love this post! I find it so hard to relax sometimes but I always find that a nice bubble bath and Netflix does the trick :) Following on Bloglovin', lovely! Xx


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