Feel like a cannon with the fuse almost gone after the Eid hassle? Or, maybe you’re more of a pressure cooker that is ready to explode?
Relaxing is all about getting your mind off of the stresses of life. Anything that will accomplish this can be helpful in making you feel calm and at peace. Here are some easy ways to feel more relaxed after all the work that you had to do during Eid-ul-Azha.
GET A MASSAGE
Massages aren’t just great for your body, they actually release feel-good hormones in your brain as well. Getting your tension worked out of your muscles will help to work the tension out of your mind as well.
MAINTAIN A FAVOURITE HOBBY
When we get stressed and anxious, it’s easy to push hobbies to the side and focus on priorities. Try and return to a lost hobby by playing your favourite sport, picking up your art journal, or heading out for a hike. You’ll feel refreshed and be able to deal with your post Eid stress when you’ve given yourself time to do something you love.
TRY OUT A NEW ACTIVITY
If you don’t have any old hobbies that you want to continue, or you never had any in the first place, try out a new activity you’ve been interested in. It’s never too late to learn something new. Try and teach yourself something new, such as a foreign language or crafting skill, and practice whenever you get some free time, to get better. Learning a new activity makes it easier for you to relax.
LISTEN TO SOME MUSIC
Music has shown to have a very strong effect on mood and mental state. Calm yourself down by listening to your favourite soothing music. Try listening to something a bit softer and slower for the best effects. Keeping music playing in the background while you work, study, or just go about your daily activities is a great way to subconsciously alter your stress levels.
HAVE A RELAXING SPA DAY AT HOME
Having a spa day at home can be just as relaxing as a day spent somewhere expensive. Pick a day when you won’t have any interruptions, turn off your mobile phone, and light some candles to set the scene. Then take a long, hot bath, give yourself a facial and complete the day with a mani-pedi session.
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Tea-drinkers have shown to be less stressed over time than non-tea drinkers, making this a great activity for reducing stress. Instead of coffee or energy drinks, try having green tea or your choice of some herbal tea. It has less than half the caffeine of coffee and contains healthy antioxidants that have a calming effect on the nervous system.
FOCUS ON YOUR SLEEP
When people get stressed and overwhelmed with a million and one things to do, often one of the first things to be sacrificed is sleep. However, this is one of the biggest health mistakes you can make. Getting adequate sleep allows your body to recharge and refresh, leaving you with a clean slate in the morning.