There’s no time like the present to strengthen your relaxation game. If your typical routine isn’t working or isn’t as effective, it might be time to change things up. As stress increases, relaxing may become more difficult. New tactics may need to be put in place, at least temporarily, to help your mind and body relax.
We’ve got a few tips to help you strengthen your relaxation game.
Ambient lighting can be relaxing. It’s ideal to choose lighting in a hue that is calming to you. For some, amber is a soothing color and for others purple or blue might be soothing. There are options available that change colors too for those that prefer more than one color.
Bright lights tend to keep the mind active, which may make relaxing more difficult.
If you have a dimmer switch in your home, try sitting in that room with the lights dimmed for a little while.
Change your Music Playlists
Most of us likely have multiple playlists for various situations and moods. When stress is at its maximum, consider adding an uplifting set of tunes to your mix. Think of songs or artists that generally make you smile and feel happiness. Those are the songs and artists that you’ll want to start your new relaxation playlist with.
Happy and uplifting music might help set your body up to just relax and regain focus. As you’re transitioning to calmer music, it’s okay to include a couple of uplifting or upbeat songs so that your body transitions to its relaxed state a little easier.
Ease into calm, relaxing music. Even if you’re just playing ocean sounds or nature tracks – if that is what’s calming to you, listen a little longer than usual.
Incorporate Lighter Comfort Foods
It’s so easy to eat out of boredom or because you are over-stressed. Instead of heading for the greasy, sugary, salty and fatty snacks – try something on the lighter side that still hits those satisfying marks. For example, if you crave something sweet – have dark chocolate instead of milk chocolate. You can also make a salad with a sweeter salad dressing.
Speaking of salad dressing, if that’s your choice for a snack, consider adding a dose of CBD to your dressing. Canna Trading Co. has several CBD tinctures to choose from. If you’d like a little peppery warmth, try our Alchemy tincture in your salad dressing or over your pasta. Instead of traditional pasta, try chickpea noodles, zucchini noodles or another type of vegetable-based noodle. They can be equally satisfying with just a few simple ingredients.
You can still feel satisfied with a lighter meal. It’s about the flavors making you feel comforted, it’s not always about feeling full.
While much of the world is practicing social distancing, it might be a good time to take a hike in your local area. There may not be many people out and about – which should make maintaining a 6-foot distance a little easier. Take your hand sanitizer along with you, and of course, any other personal protective gear that you require such as gloves and masks. It’s also a good idea to protect your eyes – wearing goggles may look funny, but they might help protect your eyes from exposure to toxins or germs.
Make sure your phone has a fully charged battery and that your earbuds are in working order. Take your music with you to make your hike more enjoyable.
During your hike, it’s okay to make a few stops along the way just to appreciate what’s in front of you. Snap a few photos of your hike. Keep these in your phone for moments when you might need to take a step back to relax your mind. That photo will help remind you of where you were and what you were doing along with the feelings you had at that moment. Image therapy is something that may work, especially if you can’t leave work to relax or can’t leave your home at a particular moment.
If you must use image therapy from your hike, make sure you’re also able to access the music that you were listening to. It might also help.
Designate a “Me” Space in your Home
Designating a spot in your home as your “me” space is a good idea. Although some floorplans and living situations may make this difficult, this space is important to have. This space should be where you can retreat to – a space with calm colors, something comforting or calming to look at and should be comfortable.
Self-care is important. It also helps you stay in-tune with your own body and mind. For some, it may help increase self-awareness as well.
If your living situation or floorplan are not ideal for you to have your own space, keep a few things in your bedroom closet and put up a sign on your door. All your sign has to say is “Me Time”. When that sign is taken down, then the others in your household are free to approach. When that sign is up, unless it’s an emergency, you should be left alone.
Make yourself a “me time” box that includes items like:
- Essential oils for aromatherapy
- A list of songs to play
- Stress ball
- Foot rollers
- Photos of nature
- Comforting blanket
- Neck pillow
You might wonder what the blanket is for, right? Sometimes the smell or feel of a specific blanket helps you feel secure, happy or calm. Something as simple as a piece of soft fabric or something with a calming aroma on it really can make a difference. Sure, it sounds silly, but give it a try.
We hope that this guide helps you find your zen a little better during these times of increased stress, anxiety and general worry. For some, social distancing is difficult. For others, the unknown of a situation might make focus difficult to achieve. We encourage you to change up your relaxation routine, at least temporarily, so that your body might react to you attempting to force it to calm down. Have extra video chats with your friends and family. Spend more time with your children and pets. For some, staying busy to avoid mundane behaviors or too much “thinking time” is what’s best. You know your body best.