I don’t know about you, but at times I dream of escaping day-to-day life and taking a day for myself. Perhaps staying in a hotel, reading on a sunny beach or wandering around a city.
We all need to let go sometimes and find peace within ourselves and for me, this means having an evening or day to just be. Fortunately, I live in a wonderful place that is close to a city, beaches, towns, and countryside.
There are several ways to relax and here are my top five.
Take a Walk
Walking is a great way to relax, and it can be done virtually anywhere. Simply taking in the scenery and stopping for a little while to observe what’s around you. Obviously, walking in a busy city can have the opposite effect with many people rushing around, in turn, this can make you feel stressed and eager to get somewhere fast.
Heading to a park or local beach where you can hear the natural sounds of the waves and birds is the perfect way to enjoy time to yourself.
Watch a Film
For me, the best way to relax is watching a film or programme, one that is funny or light-hearted otherwise I just overthink it. Making time to enjoy a film or read a book can take you out of your present situation for a little while.
Head to the Beach
Living in the UK, I don’t get to do this as much as I would like to but taking some food and a magazine and sitting in the sun is one of life’s luxuries.
Working out is a great way to relieve stress and find relaxation, especially if your last few minutes are spent warming down. The key is finding the type of exercise that is right for you, I don’t like jogging but I love aerobics and dance. I find jogging bores me, leaving too much time to think and ponder, whereas dance and aerobics are usually too high paced music to keep my attention.
Taking myself to a local cafe with a magazine, or one with a lovely view gives time to reflect on things and enjoy my own company. Leaving my phone in the car, not in my bag as this is too tempting, I find that this 15 minutes lowers my stress levels and allows me to maintain a relaxed tone, before going home.
There are many ways to relax, and to be honest I’m not sure I’m that good at it but it would be great to know how you destress.