Autumn is no different from any other season in terms of stress. If you’re feeling stressed and exhausted from work, family, other commitments or general anxiety about the world … here are some rituals to help you wind down.
If you feel tense and tight shouldered after a long day at your desk, or you are sore and tired just thinking about the seemingly endless task list ahead for this week it’s time to de-stress. Your instinct may be to plonk yourself in front of TV; however, this is probably your worst option. The bright lights of digital screens cause your brain to fire up even more, leaving you feeling tired, but stimulated and unable to sleep. If you want to unwind, switch off all electronic devices.
As well as powering off your electronics, you should practice powering off your mental and physical state of mind. Leave your work problems and personal issues behind you and truly focus, in the moment, on you. There are great benefits.
A study published in the Journal of Association for Psychological Science shows individuals who give themselves ‘me’ time each week, proved more competent and focused in their work, as well as having better psychological wellbeing.
So, to enjoy true relaxation this autumn, here are a few ideas on how to indulge yourself in ‘me’ time:
- Soak up
There are few things more relaxing than a nice, hot shower or bath. Not only will the hot water help to relax your muscles leaving you less tense, but steam will be great for opening up pores and deeply cleansing your skin.
- Candles and essential oil diffusers
Unwind with a book or just a quiet lie-down. Light a lovely, scented candle or two, or turn on an essential oil diffuser. Herbal aromas are a great way to provide a relaxing environment.
- Indulge in a relaxing herbal tea
Tea is one of the best ways to warm you up from the inside and leave you feeling rejuvenated and relaxed. Certain teas will have different effects on your nervous system. Try taking Chamomile before bed to help you get a good night’s sleep.
- Find a relaxing activity
Reading is a fantastic way to de-stress and relax, while keeping the mind cleverly occupied on something other than your work or other worries. Similarly, adult colouring books can also help to unwind the mind. Do some mindfulness exercises – such as yoga or meditation.
- Get some extra shut-eye
While it isn’t always possible during the week, taking a daytime nap during your weekend is a great way to get back sleep you may have lost over the week. During the week, instead of napping in the late afternoon (which isn’t recommended as it can affect your sleep schedule), opt instead for an early night. If you’re feeling stressed, tense and tired, the best cure is always some good-quality sleep.