As uni comes to a close and I’m in the process of moving house, I am well in need of using my relaxation routine. This is my go-to way of calming myself down and making sure I’m resetting to get the most out of my day (and not go insane).
Firstly, I take some time out to just breathe and stretch out my body. I try to take big, deep belly breaths on the floor with my legs up, or in the foetal position to make sure they are proper deep breaths. This can sometimes be all I need to readjust myself.
I love to make myself a soothing herbal tea, like a peppermint or chamomile. Taking the time to enjoy this really makes me take a step out from the stress going on in my head.
I’ll try and put on some calming music, like classical or spa – anything without lyrics. Otherwise, I’ll give myself a moderate distraction, maybe by reading some poetry or a short story, or watching someone on YouTube that I find relaxing (my favourites for this are Rachel Aust, Vivian V and Zoella’s 24 Days of Zoella).
Listing down five things I am grateful for can really help put my stress in perspective. It is something I like to do once a day, just to keep my grounded and remember that although bad times happen, good is in every day, and we always have things to be grateful for.
Sometimes calling a friend and venting can be all it takes to get the stress out of our mind. Friends and family can offer wonderful advice and simply talking it out can do some pretty incredible things.
Popping on some tea bags over my eyes or putting in some eyedrops can help wake me up and refresh me if I’m feeling stressed. You definitely should try it as it helps you feel cleaner and a bit more awake.
If I only have a minute to relax, as I’m really stripped for time, I will do the 5, 4, 3, 2, 1 exercise. This means I name five things I can see, four I can hear, three I can smell, two I can touch and take one deep breath. If my entire attention is on this exercise, I come out of it feeling much more grounded. Sometimes all we need is to just get out of our own head for a moment.
I hope this helped those of you going through finals, a stressful time or just in general! Sending you all calm thoughts and positive vibes.