Do you have a go-to unwinding ritual to help you relax?
You know, after that long day at work and your feet are aching, the weather was horrible, you missed the train and have FINALLY got home?
Or maybe you got to uni only to find out you completely forgot about your study group, have four assignments due in two weeks and you discover your car battery is flat and you have to carpool home with your ex-boyfriend.
Fast forward to AFTER dinner, and ignore the mess in the kitchen...
You finally get to be responsibility free for, who knows how long, what is it you turn to?
Do you put your feet up and flick on Netflix?
Or do you head to the gym and blow off some steam?
Do you have a go-to unwinding ritual? Or do you just find yourself not stopping until you fall into bed?
Whatever end of the spectrum you are on, here are five things you should think about the next time you are wanting to unwind and relax.
Put your hand out in front of you and wiggle all five of those digits on the end. Five digits to help you remember your five senses and the five things that are going to help you really unwind.
What do you like to look at that helps you release tension? Maybe it is a happy or inspiring movie, a family picture or tropical island you would like to go on holiday to. Find something that is pleasing to your sight when unwinding to relax.
Are you a nature lover? Then get out into nature and hear those birds tweeting and crickets chirping. Does the sound of waves crashing at the beach just cause your soul to exhale? Then make a trip there soon!
Or find some happy, peaceful tunes to play at home and let some of that stress go.
The brain has this amazing way of connecting smells to memories. So find those smells YOU love and deliberately use them when you are relaxing. The aroma of coffee or freshly baked bread or maybe even try out some essential oils you can wear during the day. Whenever you are feeling a bit wound up - inhale those smells deeply.
Are you a massage kinda girl? Maybe you just love a good ole fashioned hug? Kissing, touching or maybe just finding a nice material that feels nice. Find SOMETHING that feels good for you and incorporate it into your unwinding ritual too.
I am sure you have a go-to food you put your hand on when the heat is on. That pressure is mounting and we start to put our hands on sweet or savoury treats. All things in moderation, right?
So the next time you are planning on having a bit of me time, or the next time you can feel the pressure mounting and you are breaking under the pressure, remember your five to help you unwind.