When you’re busy and stressed do you find yourself daydreaming about getting away? Maybe you picture yourself on a beach somewhere, or walking along a city street, heading to a new restaurant.
Everyone needs to find time to relax. It’s an important self-care skill, and if you don’t allow time for relaxation in your day you’re setting yourself up to experience increased stress — and even to get sick.
But what if you’re on a tight budget and a far-away beach is out of the question? Well, there are actually lots of ways to relax that won’t break the bank and are right within anyone’s reach.
Here are 5 ideas that spring to my mind immediately. I suggest that you take a look at them – and then spend a little time brainstorming your own list.
5 Ideas for Relaxing When You’re Stressed
- Light Exercise. A great way to relax is getting some light exercise. This can mean going for a walk around the neighborhood or maybe swimming or running – whatever works for you. Exercise has been known to help the body relax and engaging in non-intense exercise will help your mind to unwind as well.
- Meditation. Taking up meditation is one of the most relaxing activities you can engage in for free. All you need to do is sit in silence and focus on your breath. When negative thoughts arise, acknowledge them, and then let them go. You can start small and build your capacity each day.
- Listen to Music. Find a comfortable spot and pick out a group of songs that you find especially relaxing. Let yourself drift along with the melodies you’ve chosen. Like meditation, this helps clear and relax your mind.
- Take a Hot Bath. Taking a hot bath or shower is a simple way to create some peaceful time just for you. The heat and water relax your muscles – and that, in turn, helps still your mind. Savor this.
- Look at Picture Books, Magazines, or Photos. Bring out some ‘coffee table books’ or photos from your family, your childhood or a trip you took. Exploring images from around the world, or evoking memories of treasured moments ignites gratitude and expands and relaxes your mind.
Stressed? Explore the Possibilities
These are just 5 simple ideas for relaxing the zero cost way. What possibilities do you come up with?
Don’t limit yourself. The ideas I’ve shared here are things you can do alone – but there are also plenty of ways to include family and friends if you want.
Stay creative and remember that self-care is never a waste of time. It is one of the most important gifts you can give yourself and is vital to your ongoing time success.