The great thing about yoga is that you can practice it pretty much anywhere (as it only requires yourself), and you can go at it alone or with others. Yoga is great for releasing tension and stress as well as gaining tips for breathing control and mindfulness. As well as this, there are physical benefits too! Yoga helps to stretch and flex your body, focusing on various areas. Some individuals find that it assists in increasing flexibility! While yoga’s roots are embedded in spiritual discipline, you need not be spiritual to give it a try.
Being creative and practicing self-expression is a great way to unwind and relax. One activity which has grown in popularity is colouring. Adult colouring books come in all different sizes, patterns and themes, and they make a great gift too. You don’t need to be naturally arty to relax by colouring an it also boasts great benefits. According to the American Art Therapy Association, art therapy is a mental health profession in which the process of making and creating artwork is used to “explore feelings, reconcile emotional conflicts, foster self-awareness, manage behaviour and addictions, develop social skills, improve reality orientation, reduce anxiety and increase self-esteem.” It has been said that colouring calms the part of the brain that is related to the fear/stress response and stimulates the parts of the brain that relates to creativity and logic.
Music can be one of the easiest ways to relax, chill out and take some time for self-care. Music comes in all varieties and there’s music for all occasions, moods and seasons. Some people choose to relax by listening to their favourite artist or band. Resonating with particular lyrics, songs or albums. You often find that certain songs relate and bring back memories of a certain time in your life- sometimes this might not conjure up good memories but on the whole, music can transport you to a positive place or help you to relive a good time! Music allows you to express yourself and acts a form of release. Other types of music that people choose to relax to include peaceful instrumentals or the sound of particular soundscapes.