You get home from work after a long commute or a chaotic day at work, and the last thing you want to do is wash that pile of dishes in the sink. Or maybe it was a stressful day of work with not even a minute to breathe. The burden of a day’s work can take toll on a person. Once you step foot into your apartment, it’s where you find solace. It is your area. There are very simple ways of creating a relaxing environment to de-stress within your own space, whether you live alone, or if you have a roommate or two. Everyone has their own methods of relaxing and rediscovering balance in their life. Here are a few of my favorite ways:
1. Take a soothing shower or bath
One of the best places to think is in the shower. This is the best time to breathe and just focus on what you need to do. Take time to light candles if you decide on a bubble bath or choose bubble bath soap with fragrances such as lavender, eucalyptus, or a floral scent. There is a wide array of products from stores such as Lush or Bath and Body Works, that are affordable and have the perfect scent you are looking for. Aromatherapy is an easy way to stimulate mental activity and blood flow to the brain and body. This can lead to brainstorming creative ideas or quiet time to focus on you. Not only is it a step towards relaxation, but you will be squeaky clean, refreshed, and ready for whatever obstacle comes your way.
2. Music Heals the Soul (and so does dancing)
Honestly, there is nothing music cannot cure. Depending on your personal music taste, turning up the volume on your favorite tune can really aid in drowning out the stress. It can also aid in the reduction of anxiety. We all know the feeling. Lean more towards songs that have a uplifting or light lyrics or upbeat sounds. It is known that music has a link to our emotions depending on what we choose to listen to. Music serves as a distraction since our focus is drawn to the various beats and fascination with lyrics.
Also, there is no harm in busting out a dance move or two. Dancing is a form on exercise and can improve your aerobic fitness, as well as increased endurance and heart condition. The list of benefits is endless, but while you tune out the rest of the world, don’t be afraid to break a sweat and have your own personal jam session.
Life can be so fast-paced that we often forget that we need time to reboot. Simply take a deep breath and relax. Whether you have a meditation corner with incense and crystals or if it is you sitting on your couch in silence, that is all you need. Some people choose to use mantras such as repeating the word “om” for as short as 15 minutes. There is no right or wrong way to meditate. Focusing on your breathing and finding a relaxed pose can do wonders on your mental health and body. Meditation has multiple health benefits including lower blood pressure, calmness, anti-inflammatory effect since stress causes inflammation, boost in immunity, and emotional balance.
There is no better way to get the blood flowing than to exercise. For some, this is a better alternative than meditation or dancing. Whether it’s running a few miles. focusing on strength training, or attending a Zumba class, you do what is best for you. Exercise acts as a beneficial distraction. If you sit at a desk all day and stare at a computer, taking a walk outside can improve your mood and help you burn some calories along the way. If you just moved into a new apartment, find a trail or park where you can walk. Or if you are in a more urban area, use a running app to map your route. This could also be an interesting way to learn about the area that you live in. Not only will you feel better about yourself, but the tension from daily living will be reduced.
5. Stop, rest, AND sleep
Let me repeat myself. Get some sleep. Simple as that. It is more important than we think. Put aside that work assignment and lay down. Sleep is the time when our bodies reset and without those extra hours of rest, we put our bodies at a disadvantage. Insufficient sleep can lead to an increase in sickness, so get that immunity up! Your co-workers or family will thank you when a well-rested you has a better mood. Less cranky, more happy. If anything, your productivity will increase since you will be able to think more clearly and make better decisions.