As the warmer weather sets in and there is more leisure time, it is a great time to focus on self care and de-stressing. It can often seem difficult to find time for relaxation, but even spending 10-20 minutes on these at home techniques can significantly decrease stress levels in the body. Relieving stress can lower blood pressure and heart rate, as well as loosen tight muscles.
Try a mist, lotion, or even a lavender scented eye pillow to naturally relax the body and mind. Lavender is also helpful to use before bed to promote restful sleep.
Focus on your breathing for five minutes. Try to match the length of the inhale with the length of the exhale, and increase the count as you relax. Breathe all the way into the abdomen to fill up the lungs. Allow the breath to be slow and natural.
Try listening to relaxing music or a guided meditation. Gentle music or a soothing voice can calm the mind, clear racing thoughts, and lower blood pressure. Used before bedtime it will lull you into a restful sleep.