Happy National Relaxation Day! To be honest, I’ve always had trouble relaxing. The only time I can truly relax is when I’m on the beach listening to crashing waves. Since I obviously can’t be near the ocean every day, over the years I’ve been practicing different relaxation techniques to reduce stress. In honor of the holiday, I wanted to share three relaxation tips that have helped me:
Oils & Scents
There are a bunch of different scents that help you relax. I’ve talked about how I use lavender oil to sleep better. But I also find lighting a candle that reminds me of the beach to be very relaxing. Another trick I use? Putting eucalyptus in the shower to create a mini spa at home.
I’ve been working on my mediation practice ever since meeting Yoga Girl last year. I still find it nearly impossible to focus in silence. But apps have majorly helped. My current favorite is HeadSpace. I did the free trial for a while and recently subscribed. They’re having a 40% off deal this week for first time subscribers. My goal is to surpass my 5-day mediation streak.
I learned about visualization when I started reading The Miracle Morning. The book has you visualize what you want in life. But I also use visualization to imagine myself in a more relaxed environment. I’ll close my eyes, take a few deep breaths and picture myself on the beach, listening to the crashing waves and feeling the sun warm my body. As I’m writing this, I think I’m going to try adding white noise of the ocean into my practice. I have a friend who says she can’t live without her white noise machine.