5 things I do for relaxing

Picture that: It’s the end of the day, you’ve been all day out, working, running and going up and down. Arrive home, you feel tired and stressed and you need something that helps you feel better. It’s time for relaxing.
When I feel like that there are about five kind of activities that I like to do. I choose them depending on how long I can spend doing them and, of course, on what I want to do at that moment. I’ll talk about them from the shortest to the longest and completely explain them.

Deep breaths:

In my opinion this is the easiest way of relaxing out home and also very effective. You just have to take deep breaths but in the way a flutist or a Yoga teacher would do it. Usually, when we breathe we only use the upper part of the lungs but in order this relaxing method becomes useful for us we have to learn how to take abdominal breaths. It’s possible that at first you can’t do it, but after a few begginer’s exercises it will become very easy.

Ho to do it?

The basic exercice is to lay down and put a hand on your stomach. You start breathing and if your chest is going up and down before your stomach does, you’re not breathing correctly.
Then you empty the most you can your lungs, it’s easier if you picture you’re trying to connect the abs to the spine. Once you did it, take a deep breath, you’ll find that your stomach goes up, then your chest expands and finally the upper part goes up. 
You can do this everyday a few times before you sleep and soon you’ll find this exercise very easy.
The next step is to do the same exercise but this time standing.
Once you know how to take abdominal deep breaths, can use it for relaxing any time needed.
I often end the relaxation break with a quick self-massage on my shoulders and neck.

Self-massage and streching:

This can be done quick or more carefully, it depens on the time you’ve got and the effectivenes wanted. It’s a useful method if you spend long periods sitting, for example, if you work with the computer or you are a student. In this case, you will be facilitating blood circulation at the same time you relax.
You just have to self-massage the parts of your body you prefer: feet, legs, hands, shoulders, neck… it depends on you.
If you’ve got enough time, can do it after having a shower, with some mosturizing cream, always with both hands and doing circles.
When I do that, I like to complete my relaxing moment with some streching.

Puzzles or crafts:

Here I put those two because love them but they can be replaced by your hobbies. The point is you have to find the time to enjoy them.

Cooking:

I find this one very useful in order you relax cooking and also relax eating it. 😀
It has to be a quiet activity, enjoying every part of it, tasting every single ingredient and taking care of details.

Relaxing bath:

This one is my favourite, requires at least one hour but it worths it.
First of all have to warm up the bathroom, fill the bathtub and light some candles, if you want can also listen to some soft music. You have to prepare for a complete beauty session: hair mask, facemask, exfolliation, everything you like. Then you spend about half an hour in the water and you end the session with some self-massage. Once finished you’ll feel very relaxed.
If you have no time to have a bath or there’s no bathtube in your bathroom you can also take a relaxing shower, it’s not so effective but it helps. The key is the relaxing atmosphere you prepare before the shower.
Hope this post helped you. I would like to know what do you do for relaxing or if you try some of mines what do you think about them. Bye!
Borondy.
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