You may not be aware, but on Wednesday it was National Lazy Day, and this Monday it’s National Relaxation Day! So that’s the perfect excuse to book some relaxation time in for yourself and have a proper lazy day. Here are our some ideas on how to achieve total relaxation; you deserve it!
- Meditation and yoga – you’re probably sick of hearing this, but these two activities are proven to promote relaxation. Throw some stretching in there to for full body relaxation
- Exercise – some people find serious exercise really relaxing, but if you’re not one of those people (yeah, us neither) then just a steady walk will do the trick
- Have a nap – naps aren’t just for children, having a 20 minute nap (or as long as you want really!) is a definite way to make you feel more relaxed
- Breathing exercises – doing some deep, slow breathing will help to relax you in a stressful situation. Practice the technique every day so you have to hand in those difficult moments
- Progressive relaxation – to get all parts of your body engaged, try the progressive relaxation technique; tensing then relaxing each part of your body in turn. Trust us, it works!
- Grounding – learn to be in the moment by taking in your surroundings; what you can see, smell, hear, taste and feel. This is a great way to practice being mindful
- Create a zen zone in your home – somewhere you can go to specifically relax. Try a hippie themed space with help from our previous blog to channel those chilled vibes
- Destress your home – as well as creating a specific relaxing space, make your whole home a more relaxing, stress-free place with help from our tips
- Spend some alone – sometimes its just nice to be by yourself, doing what makes you happy without worrying about anything or anyone else!
- Be in nature – going outside is an amazing and simple way to feel relaxed and free. Getting some sun will also boost your mood! Create your own green space with our handy guide
- Leave work at work – don’t bring work problems home, its a sure way to make you feel stressed and agitated. Just be calm and forget about it while you’re at home!
- Get organised – unless you’re a serious lover of organisation, the actually process won’t be that relaxing, but the outcome of having everything sorted definitely will be. Read our blog for ways to simplify your life
- Visualise – if you’re not in a relaxing place physically, create one in your mind, you’ve heard of a “happy place” before!
- Night time routine – having a ritual for bed time will help you to be more relaxed and sleep better, read here for more!
- Go on a break – even a short trip will help you to just get away from the stresses of life and leave you feeling relaxed and rejuvenated!
Here are a few other activities you can do when you’re having a relaxation/lazy day:
- Snuggle up with a good book
- Watch something funny
- Have a lazy day with blankets, snacks and films
- Cuddle with your pets
- Listen to your favourite music
- Try an adult colouring book
- Write down your thoughts
- Unplug from technology
- Have a good cuppa
- Use scents and essential oils to relax
- Enjoy a relaxing bath with bubbles, candles and calming music
- Have a pamper day
There are many things in life that can cause you stress, but your home shouldn’t be one of them! So for National Stress Awareness Month, we give you our top tips on how to make your home stress free.
A cluttered home is bound to make you feel stressed; just a bit of organisation in your life will clear both your home and mind.
- Use baskets for everything! Just chuck your stuff in; they’re the easiest way to organise your belongings and keep them out of the way
- Another way to use baskets is to have two placed on your counter- one for items that require immediate attention, and the other for lower priority tasks
- Draw dividers are a life saver; you can either buy them or make your own from shoe boxes
- No need to go out and buy fancy containers, used cleaned out jam jars as cute bathroom organisers
- Place catch all dishes around your home for small things like earrings, hair grips and keys so they don’t end up cluttering every surface (and getting lost)
- Keep your bed sheet sets together by folding everything into just one of the pillowcases
- Does having wires and cords everywhere do your head in? Decorate loo rolls for a cheap way to keep them all together
- Every girl knows that bobby pins disappear like magic, use a magnetic strip and never lose them again!
- Need a way to store your scarves or ties? Attach plastic shower hooks to a clothes hanger and you’ve got a makeshift tie/scarf rack!
- Use plastic bathroom/makeup and desk organisers, shower caddies, over-the-door shoe racks. You can make these items multitask too: use a shoe rack for cleaning or beauty products (don’t mix these up!), put a plastic desk organiser in your fridge to keep your food organised, the list is endless
Having a small home can be stressful as it feels like you don’t have room for everything; these small but super clever space saving tricks will help utilise your space better, and reduce clutter and stress.
- Opt for multi-purpose furniture with hidden storage such as beds with drawers underneath and hollow ottomans
- Fold up furniture is also great- you can buy fold up clothes drying racks and even fold up tables that attach to your wall
- Don’t have enough room for a coffee table? Buy or make a skinny coffee table to go behind your sofa or a wooden couch arm wrap
- Some smaller apartments don’t come with a proper dining area, create your own with a slim console dining table pushed against the back of your sofa
- Have any narrow spaces in your kitchen? A thin pull-out cabinet creates extra storage and utilise any awkward spaces
- Utilise unused spaces with corner and ceiling shelves which provide extra storage but don’t take up any room
- Does your bathroom not have a cabinet or shelves? By an over-the-tap shelf for all your bathroom essentials
- Transform a letter shelf into a charging station to keep all your chargers out of the way
- Buying a shower curtain with pockets means you won’t have loads of bottles around your bath!
The way you decorate your home can have a big impact on your mood; use calming items and colours to create a relaxing atmosphere.
- Indoor plants bring nature into your home, purify the air and generally look nice
- Mood lighting such as dimmer switches and fairy lights creates a relaxed vibe
- Make your home super cosy with cushions, rugs and blankets
- Decorate your home with nature-inspired pieces such as wood and natural textures
- Put up art work, photos and meaningful trinkets to add personality and make you feel happy
- Crystals and geodes are said to have a calming effect, even if they don’t, they make your home look pretty
- Ensure your home is clutter free! Decorations are great but don’t go over board
- Let in plenty of natural light wherever possible
- Create a heavenly, relaxing scent in your home with essential oil diffusers
- The colour of your walls has a huge impact on the way you feel, the best colours for each room are: blue for bedrooms is calming, an earthy coloured bathroom promotes nature, green for your lounge is refreshing, paint a study purple to inspire creativity, then yellow for your kitchen/diner to create a happy and sunny atmosphere
So we’re a little bit late with this, but March was National Bed Month, and who doesn’t love their bed. In celebration of this, we thought we’d share with you the tops tips we’ve found on getting a good nights sleep and having an energizing, productive morning. Yes, it is possible!
- Read a book to help clear your mind, but NOT on a digital devise, an actual book
- Switch off ALL electronics at least an hour before bed
- Jot down any worries you might have to prevent them from keeping you up all night. And write down good things that have happened too!
- Having a warm bath with essential oils is the perfect way to wind down
- Sip a hot drink – chamomile is the best to promote relaxation
- Do some Yoga, stretches, meditation or breathing techniques to help you feel calm
- Only use your bed for bedroom activities only (you know what we mean)
- Try progressive muscle relaxation; tensing and relaxing each part of your body
- Create a relaxing night time beauty routine that you look forward to doing
- Get the right temperature, not too hot and not too cold
- Keep pets in a different room, yes we know its hard, but its necessary!
- Have plants in your bedroom that are relaxing and purify the air such as lavender, aloe vera, spider plant and Peace lily
- Make your bed in the morning – its so much nicer getting into a nicely made bed
- Have thick curtains to block out light, get rid of any light when you’re going to sleep, and before sleep use yellow light not blue
- Decorate your bedroom with cool or earthy colours to create a relaxed feel
- Create a super cosy and comfortable space, and make sure its clean and tidy
- Use plush textures, natural elements, personal details and calming scents
Tips for a beneficial nap
- Power nap, 10-20 minutes, if you want to get straight back to work after
- Nasa nap, 26 minutes, for alertness and if you’re working over time
- Slower wave 60 minutes nap, to help cognitive memory
- Full cycle 90 minute nap, for creativity and emotional/procedural memory
- Optimum nap time between 1-4pm, sleep slightly upright in a dim room
- Avoid sugars and grains before bed, the best foods to eat in the evening are ones rich in magnesium, melatonin and B6. Try: almonds, honey, banana, salmon, turkey, warm milk, kale, walnuts and dark chocolate
- Maintain a regular bed time, even on the weekends (yes we know this one is hard)
- Avoid: caffeine 6 hours before sleeping, alcohol 3 hours before, dinner at 2-3 before, exercise 2 hours before, and working and using electronics 1 hour before
- Full body exercising at some point during the day helps you to sleep at night
- Adults need 7-9 sleep a night, make sure you get it!
- Find the best sleeping positions if you’re in a couple
- If you can’t sleep, get up! Read a book or listen to music, then try sleeping again
- Like with bed times, have a regular waking up time (again this one is a struggle!)
- Don’t hit the snooze! You’re sleep will be fragmented and make you groggy
- Expose yourself to natural light as quickly as possible, and get some fresh air
- Have a cool morning shower to feel refreshed and awake
- Drink water: hot water with lemon will help to clear and detox your body
- You could try some energising Yoga poses, stretches or meditation
- Do as much prep as you can the night before & have a set routine to avoid rushing
- Wait an hour to eat from when you wake so your metabolism can get going
- Eat breakfast: the most important and enjoyable meal of the day
- Schedule in family time if possible by all eating breakfast together
- Avoid watching TV or using electronic devices for an hour after waking
- Try creating a vision/motivation board to look at for inspiration in the morning
- Be positive, create to do lists and plans for your day
- Take a few minutes for yourself just to be peaceful before the busy day ahead
- Try to walk or bike to work for as much of your journey as possible