Relaxing might sound like it’s the easiest thing in the world to do – you just do nothing, right? However, I know many people do struggle to relax. I can often struggle with relaxing as I always have to be doing something and keeping my mind distracted.
Evenings are the perfect time to unwind and relax ready for a peaceful night’s sleep. It can be really difficult to switch off after a day of stresses and anxiety and so today, I thought I would share with you my top tips for relaxing at the end of the day. Each of these tips can simply be accommodated into your usual evening time routine.
Have a cup of tea –
You’re unlikely to read any post of mine that discusses relaxing without coming across a cup of tea. I’m intrinsically British and I believe that there are few things a cup of tea cannot solve. The act of making a cup of tea is very methodical and allows you a few moments to relax and clear your mind as you focus on the take in hand.
Once you have your drink it’s the perfect opportunity to take five minutes to enjoy it and relax.
If you don’t like having caffeine of an evening or if you just don’t like tea why not try a herbal drink or even a hot chocolate?
Make cooking fun –
There’s no point hating cooking as unfortunately it’s something we have to do every day. The key is to turn it into something you enjoy and it can then become your time to unwind and relax as you get home of an evening. I suppose I am lucky in the sense that I do enjoy cooking, however I am aware that it can become very repetitive and difficult as you cook every night of the week. To avoid this plan your meals so that you arrive home and know exactly what you’re making. If you enjoy listening to music then put some on in the background, or put on some television.
There are many different ways of transforming dinner-time to make it something you can enjoy.
If you’re a novice in the kitchen then take shortcuts like buying ready preapred vegetables to slowly ease you into the habit. Stir fries and pasta dishes are a great place to start.
Pamper yourself –
Pampering yourself can be one of the best ways to relax during the evening. People assume that pampering involves a long-winded process with lots of products, however it doesn’t need to be like this. Pampering yourself can be as simple as just having a shower or a bath. A hot bath can also make you feel sleepy and so for those of you that struggle to sleep of an evening it can be the perfect ay to unwind before bed.
My favourite ways to relax and pamper myself of an evening is to indulge in a hair or face mask.
Take the time to relax and forget about the day’s stresses.
Reading a book can be another great way of relaxing in the evening. It transports you into a different world where you can leave your daily stresses and worries behind. This is a great way of relaxing for someone who finds it difficult to unwind and let go of the day’s problems.
In addition to this, reading can make you feel sleepy and so it’s the perfect form of relaxation of an evening.
Stay away from social media –
Social media can feed into your daily stresses and so staying away from it in the evening can help you to relax. The last thing you want is to see or read something that annoys you just before bedtime.
In addition to this the blue light on electrical devices can lead to your body producing less melatonin, which in turn can have a negative impact on your sleep. Therefore, staying away from social media and electrical devices of an evening can help you relax and encourage a good night’s sleep.
Watch something happy –
If you can’t stay away from screens then watch something rather than scrolling through your phone. Choose something happy and easy to watch to help relax you and prevent your mind from going into overdrive.
If I want to watch something of an evening I will often opt to re-watch old comedies – Gavin and Stacey is my program of choice.
Exercise is brilliant whenever you choose to do it, however of an evening it can help you to relax in many different ways. The act of exercising can relax you as it distracts your brain and encourages the production of endorphins, which can improve your mood, thus relaxing you.
Whether you go to the gym, go out for a run or even stay indoors and do an exercise video – it all counts!
How do you relax of an evening?