Here are eight relaxation tips to help you look after your well-being

  1. Take a break take some time away from your normal routines or  read a book or magazine even if it’s only for a few minutes run yourself a bath watch a film play with your pet.
  2. Chop some vegetables and cook a meal to focus on your breathing.   Learning to breathe more deeply can make you feel a lot calmer and increase your sense of well-being.  Breathe in through your nose and breathe out through your mouth.  Try to keep your shoulders down and relaxed, place your hand on your stomach it should rise as you breathe in and fall as you breathe out.  As you breathe start there counting to four as you breathe in and relax as you breathe out.  then work out what’s comfortable for you.
  3. Listen to music.  Listen to your favorite songs turn it up and dance or sing along or put your headphones on and close your eyes.  Really listen to the music and pick out different instruments that you hear.  A drumbeat or a certain rhythm.  Focus on the music and let your thoughts rift away.
  4. Picture yourself in a relaxing place thinking of somewhere relaxing and peaceful.  You might choose a memory of somewhere you’ve been or a place you’ve imagined.  Close your eyes and think about the details of this place.  What does it look like, what kind of colors and shapes can you see?  Can you hear any sounds?  Is it warm or cool?  Let your mind drift and your body relax.
  5. Try active relaxation.  Relaxation doesn’t have to mean sitting still.  Gentle exercise can help you relax.  Look for a gentle exercise class in yoga, Pilates or gentle stretching.  Take a gentle walk going at your own pace.   Walking can help you feel relaxed, even if for a short distance.
  6. Use a guided relaxation exercise.  Guided relaxation or meditation exercises are widely available and lots of them are at no cost to you.  Bath Beauty by Hope’s Relaxation Gallery has downloads available to you. or see if your local library has any books or compact discs.  Have a look for local meditation or relaxation classes.
  7. Get creative and in touch with your artistic side to help you feel more calm and relaxed.  Try painting, sewing or crafts. Try playing a musical instrument. Remember not to worry about the finished product, but to enjoy yourself.
  8. Spend time in nature. Outside and in green spaces can be great for your physical and mental well-being. You could take a walk in the countryside or through a local park taking time to notice the trees, flowers, planets and animals along the way.  Spend some time taking part in conservation, whether it’s digging in your garden or taking part in a local green project.

No worry if one technique is not working for you.  Make an attempt every single day to take the time out and relax.  Try any activity that calms your inner peace and relieves the days stress.  Your mental well being is the most important part about you.  Take care of yourself, relax and enjoy the time you set aside each day for your mental well being.