Relax, you deserve it!

Putting aside the time to relax and unwind your mind, body and soul is so important for us all. However, faced with a huge array of life pressures, most of us often feel that we don’t have the time to relax.

As our stress levels increase, productivity drops and eventually health can deteriorate. Finding the time to practise some simple relaxation techniques can have a huge impact on our quality of life, reducing stress, anxiety and promoting good sleep.

Here are our tips for relaxation and stress relief:

  • Foam rolling to remove tension and relaxCocoon your neck and shoulders in a warm heat wrap for 10 minutes. Close your eyes and relax your face, neck, upper chest and back muscles. Remove the wrap, and use a tennis ball or foam roller to massage away tension.
  • Deep meditation breathing techniques for relaxation and relieving stressFocus on your breathing. Sit up straight, close your eyes and place one hand on your tummy. Taking deep, slow breaths though your nose, feel the breath start in your abdomen and work its way to the top of your head. Reverse the process as you exhale through your mouth. Try to clear your mind and focus only your breath, repeating this for 5 minutes or however long you feel necessary.
  • Belly laughs help to relieve stress and help relaxationA good belly laugh doesn’t just lift the mind. Laughing lowers cortisol, your body’s stress hormone, and boosts brain chemicals called endorphins, which help your mood. This could be as simple as a good catch up with your best friend or tuning into your favourite comical show.
  • Soothing music can help you relaxListening to soothing music has been proven to lower blood pressure, heart rate, and anxiety. Create a playlist of songs or nature sounds (the ocean, a bubbling brook, birds chirping), and allow your mind to focus on the different melodies, instruments, or singers in the piece, You also can blow off steam by rocking out to more upbeat tunes — or singing at the top of your lungs!
  • Spring into action with 30 minutes of exercise per dayYou don’t have to run in order to get a runner’s high. All forms of exercise, including yoga and walking release feel-good chemicals and give your body a chance to practice dealing with stress. Stress-relieving exercise can be as simple as a quick walk around the block, taking the stairs or some simple stretching exercises.
  • Elemis Spa Light Candle for relaxationLight a candle and sit back and relax whilst you bathe your feet in dead sea salts to re mineralise you. For a perfect combo, combine this with the breathing exercise and gentle music – you’ll be so surprised with how much difference this can make!

Kellie xx

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