Top ten ways to instantly relax

Careers. Hobbies. Friendships. Family. Health. Commitments. Travel. Chores. With so many expectations and obligations to manage, no wonder we can find it hard to fit in time to just relax.

I don’t know about you but I constantly feel like I am balancing things I have to do with the things I want to do. Being an adult is tough! There are way too many bills and not enough bubbles (of every single variety).

So I wanted to share some of my favourite ways to take a moment for myself. I have found the secret to a little instant relaxation is to find something fun that also requires your focus. That way you can’t be distracted by everything else going on in your life and you can really appreciate the moment for what it is.

  • Bubble bath: This is an oldie but a goodie. People love bubble baths for a reason – the warm water helps your muscles relax, the bubbles make you feel a bit silly and if you throw on some tunes in the bathroom you have your very own stage complete with killer acoustics! Instant distraction. I should add, a glass of bubbles is required with every bubble bath. Hey, I don’t make the rules I just follow them…
  • Paint your nails: Not only does the act of paining your finger or toe nails add a pop of colour to your day but it also required a tonne of focus to avoid also painting your fingers and toes. I am a little bit hopeless when it comes to this but I can’t help but feel satisfied when I finish a fresh set of nails.
  • Walk it out: I love going for a long walk, especially with my husband. It helps me clear my head, sometimes have a vent, make some plans, all while exploring different parts of my neighbourhood. If you can make this a regular habit it is worth working it into your schedule, but if you can only fit in the occasional stroll try and change up your walking routes and explore different places for a change of scenery.
  • Text a friend: Keeping in touch with your friends is an instant mood boost. I live apart from most of my childhood friends and all of my family so a little text or stupid snapchat is a great way to feel connected. Plus, a few heart emojis can always make you smile.
  • Make yourself a cup: Whether you drink coffee or tea, the act of brewing up a special cup of goodness can be incredibly relaxing. The key is to really go all out. Don’t just throw a tea bag into a cup, find the best tea leaves you have a brew a delicious pot. Don’t just grab for the instant coffee; if you can, grind your own beans, froth some milk and master your coffee machine. Once you’ve finished making your drink, try and find a nice spot to just sit and savour.
  • Nail some chores: When it comes to cleaning I seem to go through waves of activity. While I am nopt always in the mood for housework, it can offer a great sense of satisfaction and a high level of distraction for a busy mind. Focusing on cleaning out your wardrobe, vacuuming your living room or pottering in the garden can actually relax you before you now it.
  • Stretch session: Whether you’re into yoga or Pilates, sometimes a little stretch session can help relax both body and mind. I love the Get Bendy routine from Elle Fit Active for a useful little session in the comfort of my own home.
  • Get inspired: Whether you’re into Pinterest, Instagram, Tumblr or old school magazines, seeking out some inspiration for a project, purchase or passion can be an effective way to focus on the positives. I like Pinterest for travel inspiration and recipe ideas, Women’s Health Magazine for workouts and motivation, and just about any books I can find for a bit of escapism.
  • Pop on some tunes: Some music therapy can do the world of good. I love listening to music in the car, on the bus, at the gym, in the kitchen and, when it comes to something as addictive as the new Beyoncé album, Lemonade, even in the shower. Whether you like to sing along, dance or just chill out, the right music can work wonder on your mood.
  • Make some plans: Whether it is researching a holidays, adding to your online fashion wish lists, or making brunch dates, planning some things to look forward too can give you something exciting to focus on and work towards.
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