Stress. It’s an unavoidable part of daily life and it enables the most dangerous toxins in our bodies. That’s why being able to relax and remain calm in the face of stress is one of the most important things you can do to improve your overall health and wellness. When you’re relaxed, you’re better equipped to handle stressful situations and avoid the physical risks of stress (including a compromised immune system) as well as the mental risks of stress (such as anxiety or depression). Becoming more relaxed is as easy as making a few simple changes to the way you live, work and play.
Create a soothing atmosphere at home
Your home is your sanctuary. Make it comfortable and inviting so that every minute you spend at home is as peaceful as possible[DF1] . Start by keeping your home clean and organized so you don’t stress yourself out searching for things when you need them. Weeding out old clothes and donating them to charity will give you a double dose of calm as you declutter your closet and take a thoughtful moment to feel good about helping people in need. Diffusing essential oils will make your home smell lovely when you walk in the door and promote sleep at the end of the day.
Organize your day to minimize stress and anxiety
It’s hard to relax after a bad day where you feel inadequate, out of control or ruled by your overwhelming to-do list. Creating a consistent daily routine is one of the best things you can do for yourself and the people who rely on you. The key to making a routine work for you is knowing your most productive hours of the day and scheduling your most challenging tasks during those hours. Fulfilling your responsibilities on time, showing up early for every appointment and making time for an enjoyable lunch will help you avoid frustration and all those awful thoughts and emotions that can keep you up at night.
Engage in physical activities you enjoy to feel at ease and naturally tired
Falling asleep is easier when your eyes are heavy and your body is weary from physical exertion earlier in the day. No matter how busy you are, there’s always time for exercise whether it’s a brisk walk on your lunch break, gardening, cleaning or simple exercises like push-ups and sit-ups in your living room. If you thrive on the motivation of others, take a class in yoga, spin or Pilates or join a co-ed basketball or volleyball league. Our bodies were made to move and nothing puts mental stress in its place like physical activity.
Achieve peace of mind with non-physical activities that bring you joy
Some days just fly by and the next thing you know, it’s an hour before bedtime and you’re too tired for physical activity but too keyed up to think about sleep. That is the perfect time to take CBD to relax, curl up in your favorite chair and engage your brain in uncomplicated activities that make you happy. Pleasure reading, listening to soft music, crossword puzzles and word games are great ways to unwind. [DF2] Whatever you do, leave the electronics off and the social media apps closed. If connecting with friends or family helps you relax, pick up the phone or try writing a handwritten letter. The simple act of putting pen to paper can be relaxing and sharing kind, encouraging words will be as good for your friend’s peace of mind as it is for yours.
Soothe nagging pains and relieve muscle tension
It’s impossible to relax much less fall asleep when you’re back is aching, your feet are hurting or your knee is acting up. If you haven’t tried CBD for pain relief, CBD cream offers precise application and might ease your aches while CBD tinctures and vape pens are faster acting and could also provide some relief. You can also manage your pain with regular massages, acupuncture, or acupressure.
Clear your head of anxious thoughts
You’ve completed your evening self-care routine and changed into your favorite pajamas but as soon as you look at your bed, you know you’re not ready. Instead of feeling anxious, stop where you are and start breathing. Take in the deepest breath you can, hold it as long as you can and then let it out as slowly and deliberately as you can. As you breathe, think about all the people you love and all the things you have to be thankful for. Do this ten times and you’ll be engaging in the simplest form of meditation there is.
As you think about the different ways to relax throughout your busy day, it’s important to remember that taking care of yourself is not a selfish act. You’re a better teammate, partner and caregiver when you’re well-rested and even if it’s just a start these steps can inspire you to discover new levels of comfort and confidence.