Hello 2019! With the new year well and truly in full swing, the beginning of the year is the perfect time to set new goals for yourself and to make some positive changes to your lifestyle! These can be major changes such as quitting a bad habit or smaller changes such as taking more time in your everyday life for self-care and stress reduction! Taking more time to focus on relaxation can have major benefits to your everyday standard of living and can improve major factors such as sleep and weight loss! Keep reading to discover our 5 top-tips to stay relaxed and stress-free in 2019.
Meditation is a way of training the mind. When it comes to meditation, many people think that they won’t have time to simply sit and think about nothing, but taking just 10 minutes a day to practice meditation can have a large benefit on your life! Along with eliminating stress, meditation can also help to lower blood pressure and lessen symptoms of anxiety.
There is no right or wrong way to meditate, but it is important to find a way which works for you! But why not try this simple meditation activity for beginners to get you started?
- Sit or lie comfortably.
- Close your eyes.
- Make no effort to control the breath; simply breathe naturally.
- Focus your attention on your breathing and how the body moves with each inhalation and exhalation. Focus on the movement of your body as you breathe, do not try to control your breathing depth or intensity!
- If your mind wanders, return your focus back to your breath.
It’s a well-known fact that exercise releases feel-good endorphins into our body which can alleviate stress and anxiety! Incorporating daily activities into your routine can be really beneficial to your state of mind! These activities don’t have to be particularly strenuous, a 10 minute Yoga flow or a relaxed walk around town will do the trick!
Everyone is talking about Hot Tubs and how beneficial using one can be! The use of water as a treatment is not a new concept and hot water bathing or Hydrotherapy has been used in many cultures for many decades. Using Hot Tubs has been found to eliminate the effects which stress can have on the body such as muscle soreness and high blood pressure!
Our CleverSpa Hot Tub is the perfect hot tub for those beginning to explore the world of meditation and relaxation! All of our CleverSpas are inflatable and easy to inflate and deflate so are perfect for any first time hot-tub users! A CleverSpa is a perfect addition to your life this 2019, making a serene relaxation spot right in your own garden!
Research has shown that listening to relaxing music can decrease stress and lower blood pressure. Create a relaxation playlist of sounds such as waves, nature and water and allow your brain to focus on the sounds! Music therapy is not contained to nature sounds, why not just put on your favourite song and have a sing-along, its guaranteed to make you feel better!
Relaxing yoga can help you to switch off and find your inner serenity and yoga breathing and poses can help to unlock tension which has been held by the body throughout the day.
Here are 3 beginners poses which you can try at home which work to relieve tension and stress and aid relaxation:
1) Child Pose (Balasana)
2) Legs Up The Wall (Viparita Karani)
3) Reclining Fish Pose (Supta Matsyendrasana)
Incorporating some of these relaxation techniques into your everyday lifestyle is a great way to start 2019 with a positive mindset, and is the first step to living a less stressful lifestyle! Give them a go!