When it comes to relaxing, do you ever truly relax? Or, do you lie in bed with your mind racing, thinking about things? Perhaps you think you’re relaxing, but do you ever truly switch off? It’s really important that you do totally relax and let your body and mind recover from all the things that you do in life. Having time off is essential for you to be your best, but it can be really hard to switch off, and having time off doesn’t just mean doing nothing, there are other ways to relax. 

Get A Hobby

Getting a new hobby may sound like complete madness when you want a more relaxing time, how is adding something else to the mix going to make things better? Well, you will find that the more you do, the more you can do, so doing an activity after work, whether it’s painting, pottery, gardening, or learning a language, will completely take your mind away from the stresses of life and work.


Again it might be the last thing you want to do when you’ve got free time but, exercise has so many benefits and clearing your mind and relaxing you is just one of them. You’ve never heard anyone say that they regretted going for that workout or that run or swim, so even if you don’t want to do it and you’re feeling stressed, try to focus on how you will feel afterward because it will be worth it. 

Do Nothing

Okay, so this is an actual one where you do nothing. How often do you actually do nothing? Switch off the TV, lie down and clear your mind. It’s harder than you think, isn’t it? So perhaps you need some help, with a little aromatherapy, some candles, or even some treat leaf edibles to help you to wind down. The clearing your mind part can be the hardest, so look into mindfulness or breathing exercises to help you. 

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Eat Well

Did you know that healthy eating can help you to relax? It sounds silly, but think about it, a bad diet can have all sorts of adverse internal effects on your body, some which aren’t visible to anyone else. It really can affect your mood, can make you irritable, and, ultimately, it can make you stressed. Eat well, and you’ll soon see the benefits and find you can relax a lot easier. 

Read A Book

Getting stuck into a good book is total escapism and relaxation. It can completely take you to another world, to help your mind off things that are stressing you out and help you to relax. The best thing is that you can read anywhere, all you need is your book and yourself. So whether it’s lounging by a pool, curled up on your sofa, in bed, or on a train, reading a good book is one of the best medicines for stress.