Top Tips for Relaxing During A Busy Time of Year

Top Tips for Relaxing During A Busy Time of Year

Author -  Good Health

The lead up to Christmas and the summer holidays can be a very stressful time of year. On top of the usual chaos of the festive season arriving, it’s very easy to forget how to unwind when you lead a busy life year-round.

Actively taking the time to unwind is so often side-lined by people without understanding just how important it is to their wellbeing. Relaxing helps lower muscle tension. It positively impacts digestive health. It can lower blood pressure, lower your heart rate and increase blood flow to your brain. And it does wonders for your emotional state and general mental health.

Top Tips for Relaxing During a Busy Time of Year

Everybody relaxes in different ways. Some practice yoga, meditation or mindfulness while others put their feet up and lose themselves in the turbulent relationships of fictional characters on television. Some read. Some write. Some cook. Some eat. Some run. Some walk. Basically, any activity that is calming to you and removes you from the daily stressors of life is a tool you can use to relax.

Specific relaxation techniques such as deep breathing, mindfulness, meditation and yoga are highly effective. It can take time to learn and feel the benefits of these techniques, (which is well worth the effort!) but if you’re looking for some alternative techniques to have up your sleeve when you’ve fallen off the wind-down wagon – these six tips might also be helpful.

1. Leave your work at work

Top Tips for Relaxing During a Busy Time of Year

Stop working! Work belongs at work and your personal life belongs at home. Technological advances have made our lives better in so many ways, but mobile devices have become constant connections to our jobs. When you leave the office, leave your work at the door. If you can’t disconnect your emails, at least turn off the notifications!

2. Write down your worries

Top Tips for Relaxing During a Busy Time of Year

Get a notebook and write down anything that’s making you feel worried or anxious, then set it aside. Research shows that acknowledging your problems by writing them down may actually help you to separate yourself from them, making it easier to calm your mind while you rest.

3. Use visualisation

Top Tips for Relaxing During a Busy Time of Year

Visualisation can be a particularly powerful tool when you begin to feel frazzled or anxious. On a neurological level, our brains don’t really know the difference between real, watched and imagined scenes. The brain develops pathways and builds connections that support habitual trains of thought. Regularly visualising yourself relaxed in your favourite place, doing a relaxing activity, thinking about the sounds, the smells and the sights actually develops mental and emotional pathways that help you to relax.

4. Get back to nature

Top Tips for Relaxing During a Busy Time of Year

There’s something to that old saying about stopping to smell the roses. Being outdoors and sitting amongst nature quietens a busy mind and is a great way to engage all your senses. Take time to focus on your breathing and listen to your surroundings and observe the sounds, sights and smells.

Natural health supplements can also be the added support your body needs to help relax and de-stress. B Vitamins, 5HTP (Deep Sleep), Magnesium and herbs like chamomile, lemon balm, withania and passion flower are all great remedies for when life becomes a little too busy and seems to be getting on top of us.

5. Be present

Top Tips for Relaxing During a Busy Time of Year

Mindfulness is a therapeutic technique that focuses on the here and now. It is a mental state achieved by being aware and focused on the present moment. Focus on your thoughts and feelings, be aware of what your body is doing and calmly accept it all. It’s choosing not to relive yesterday’s crisis or worry about that big meeting tomorrow, but rather to live in the moment. 

6. Work out what works for you

Top Tips for Relaxing During a Busy Time of Year

Nobody ever found peace by pursuing things that didn’t make them happy. Work out what is good for you and what is not (and be honest). Lifestyle and diet have a huge impact on your general wellbeing. Look after yourself, and make yourself aware of what is working in your life and what is not.

Try using these techniques to stay calm and relaxed in the lead up to Christmas, your body and mind will thank you for it!

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Top Tips for Relaxing During A Busy Time of Year

The lead up to Christmas and the summer holidays can be a very stressful time of year. On top of the usual chaos of the festive season arriving, it’s very easy to forget how to unwind when you lead a busy life year-round. Actively taking the time to unwind is so often side-lined by people without understanding just how important it is to their wellbeing. Relaxing helps lower muscle tension. It positively impacts digestive health. It can lower blood pressure, lower your heart rate and increase blood flow to your brain. And it does wonders for your emotional state and general mental health.

Top Tips for Relaxing During a Busy Time of Year

Everybody relaxes in different ways. Some practice yoga, meditation or mindfulness while others put their feet up and lose themselves in the turbulent relationships of fictional characters on television. Some read. Some write. Some cook. Some eat. Some run. Some walk. Basically, any activity that is calming to you and removes you from the daily stressors of life is a tool you can use to relax.

Specific relaxation techniques such as deep breathing, mindfulness, meditation and yoga are highly effective. It can take time to learn and feel the benefits of these techniques, (which is well worth the effort!) but if you’re looking for some alternative techniques to have up your sleeve when you’ve fallen off the wind-down wagon – these six tips might also be helpful.

1. Leave your work at work

Top Tips for Relaxing During a Busy Time of Year

Stop working! Work belongs at work and your personal life belongs at home. Technological advances have made our lives better in so many ways, but mobile devices have become constant connections to our jobs. When you leave the office, leave your work at the door. If you can’t disconnect your emails, at least turn off the notifications!

2. Write down your worries

Top Tips for Relaxing During a Busy Time of Year

Get a notebook and write down anything that’s making you feel worried or anxious, then set it aside. Research shows that acknowledging your problems by writing them down may actually help you to separate yourself from them, making it easier to calm your mind while you rest.

3. Use visualisation

Top Tips for Relaxing During a Busy Time of Year

Visualisation can be a particularly powerful tool when you begin to feel frazzled or anxious. On a neurological level, our brains don’t really know the difference between real, watched and imagined scenes. The brain develops pathways and builds connections that support habitual trains of thought. Regularly visualising yourself relaxed in your favourite place, doing a relaxing activity, thinking about the sounds, the smells and the sights actually develops mental and emotional pathways that help you to relax.

4. Get back to nature

Top Tips for Relaxing During a Busy Time of Year

There’s something to that old saying about stopping to smell the roses. Being outdoors and sitting amongst nature quietens a busy mind and is a great way to engage all your senses. Take time to focus on your breathing and listen to your surroundings and observe the sounds, sights and smells.

Natural health supplements can also be the added support your body needs to help relax and de-stress. B Vitamins, 5HTP (Deep Sleep), Magnesium and herbs like chamomile, lemon balm, withania and passion flower are all great remedies for when life becomes a little too busy and seems to be getting on top of us.

5. Be present

Top Tips for Relaxing During a Busy Time of Year

Mindfulness is a therapeutic technique that focuses on the here and now. It is a mental state achieved by being aware and focused on the present moment. Focus on your thoughts and feelings, be aware of what your body is doing and calmly accept it all. It’s choosing not to relive yesterday’s crisis or worry about that big meeting tomorrow, but rather to live in the moment. 

6. Work out what works for you

Top Tips for Relaxing During a Busy Time of Year

Nobody ever found peace by pursuing things that didn’t make them happy. Work out what is good for you and what is not (and be honest). Lifestyle and diet have a huge impact on your general wellbeing. Look after yourself, and make yourself aware of what is working in your life and what is not.

Try using these techniques to stay calm and relaxed in the lead up to Christmas, your body and mind will thank you for it!
Top Tips for Relaxing During A Busy Time of Year

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