Downtime, me-time, recharging, unplugging, de-stressing, or refreshing. Whatever you want to call it, it’s safe to say most of us don’t spend enough time doing it. And if we don’t take time to de-stress, it can build up and make us feel unwell emotionally and physically. Needless to say, it’s super important to recharge, and here are five simple ways to relieve stress.
Create a calm home space
One reason you may feel stressed is because your home is cluttered. And sometimes, creating a calm, clear environment can help you de-stress. You can also create a calm space by lighting candles, switching on your fairy lights and keeping plants on your shelves and tabes.
Go for a walk
Walking is a wonderful way to give your thinking mind a break, or to help you break out of old thought patterns. No matter what the weather, step outside for a 20 minute walk to feel refreshed.
When you practice meditation consistently, you can experience greater equanimity and also calm your nervous system. Consider trying it for 10 minutes each day for long-term benefits.
Listen to music
From the time we wake up to the time we go to bed, we’re often stimulated and over stimulated. But when’s the last time you put on your favorite playlist and just listened? Not as background music, not as filler sound, but as an mindful act of listening? Try it!
Write a list
When you’re stressed and frazzled, it may be because you have so much to do. To stop the overwhelm and worry, write lists. Just the act of writing is therapeutic.
Take a bath
Treat yourself to a warm bath, which can help to relax and calm your entire body. If you have some bath salts, essential oils or your favorite body wash, it’s time to indulge.
Read a book
You probably read news feeds and social media platforms in your downtime. So, take a break and pick up your favorite book instead. Reading can help take your mind off whatever’s stressing you out and let you escape to another place.