It’s been a long day. Deadlines. Taking the kids to practice. Making dinner. Finishing homework. Freelance assignments.
When all is said and done — when the lights go out and the kids get in bed for the night — you have to decide whether you’ll do the same, or use that quiet time to take a few moments for yourself.
If you want to reclaim your “me time,” here are 5 great tips to help you wind down at night:
- Tense and relax your muscles. You may have used this “tense and relax” technique in a yoga class. It works to quickly reduce the tension throughout your body. Close your eyes, take some deep breaths, and start at your face by squeezing your muscles tight for a couple of seconds, then releasing. Do this for muscle groups all the way to your toes. Focus on the sensation of stress leaving your body as those muscles relax.
- Fire up the diffuser. Aromatherapy is a core component to providing emotional well-being. Lavender essential oil is a go-to for aiding in relaxation. When combined with meditation, a massage, a long bath, or a comfortable chair, essential oils can provide a way to wind down from the day.
- Take deep breaths. A lot can be said for simply concentrating on slowing your breathing. Breathe in through your nose and out through your mouth; concentrate on slowing the rate of your breathing.
- Relax with yoga. Even if you’re not a pro, basic yoga poses and breathing techniques ease the mind and relax your body. Namaste.
- Read a good book. Find a comfortable spot in your home, curl up with a good book, and lose yourself in the imagery and story for a while. You’ll find yourself relaxed and maybe even a bit tired.
Well wishes to ending your day with relaxation!