Spending an entire day at a spa getting pampered head to toe, sounds er, AH-MAZE. Although, we don’t all have that luxury erryday. Between unread emails, traffic, alarm clocks, angry train people (yes, we call them that), bed hair and last minute meetings, life can be a tad stressful to say the least. Truth being that sometimes life gets so hectic that we hardly have time to stop, revive and survive. So, here’s how to relax when you’ve only got a measly 20 minutes or less at your disposal. The best part? It’s absolutely free!
Pressure point hand massage
If you spend a lot of time in front of a keyboard, whether it be a desktop, laptop, tablet or smartphone, then this is for you. If you’re aware of acupuncture, you’d know that your hands have pressure points that are directly linked to parts of your body. The tip of your thumb for example, is linked directly to your brain. Just a few minutes of putting pressure of various parts of your hands can relieve pressure throughout your whole body. All you have to do is pop on your favourite hand cream, and give yourself a well deserved hand massage around the thumb and then across your plams, 5 minutes for each hand.
Vitamin Sea (and D)
We’re not all a pebbles throw away from a beach, but if you are - we strongly suggest a quick stroll when you’re needing some down time. Nonetheless, the good news is that you can get vitamin D from anywhere outside in the wilderness. See, vitamin D has been proven as an antidote to anxiety and depression, so just a few minutes in the sun (don’t forget your SPF) can help you relax, so you can return more calmly to whatever it is you were previously doing.
The power of music
Without sounding too melodramatic, music has the power to change our moods entirely. With such a strong effect on our emotions, music can produce calmness, happiness and relaxation when we need it most. Just a few minutes into a chilled playlist (or a 90s throw-back) can make you feel calm, happy and serene so that you are well prepared to tackle what’s ahead. It’s a tool for soul expansion, so use it wisely.
Chocoholics unite! We won’t lie, this is one of our favourite calming techniques. Did you know that just a few squares of dark chocolate (70% cocoa and up, folks) can help calm your farm by regulating cortisol levels and your metabolic rate? Just don’t overdo it, everything in moderation!
Meditation is key
When we’re anxious, we take shorter breaths, thus sending panic signals to the brain. Spending a few minutes focusing on proper breathing through meditation, is one of the best tools to help you relax and concentrate. Step 1. Take a nice big breathe. Step 2. Find yourself a good mindfulness app. We’re a big fan of the Stop, Breathe & Think
app. You can use the app before you got to work, or as a relaxation method before bedtime. Just a few minutes of guided intervention can help you stay calm and focused.