12 Ways To Relax

I have had, it has to be said, a rather stressful year. I won’t bore you with the details, let’s just say my plate has runneth over with sh*tness.

Because of the stress, I have found that it isn’t just nice to have some downtime – it’s imperative. I have also found that when those little stress cells start dancing, it’s kind of hard to turn off the music and make them sit down. In other words; it can be really difficult to decompress when you are slap-bang in the middle of a stressful time.

Here are the tried and tested methods of relaxing that worked for me:

12 Ways To Relax

Going for a walk by the sea, on of the 12 way to relax

1) Deep breathing. This is a bit of an old chestnut, but it does work. Take a deep breath. Hold it. Now let it out … slowly. Count to 10 as you let out your breath. Try and visualise the stress and tension flowing out of you with each breath – it helps if you close your eyes. Repeat 5-10 times.

2) Exercise. I know we all live busy lives, and squeezing exercise into our daily routine can be difficult, but the benefits of regular exercise are phenomenal. If you exercise alone, it can give you some valuable quiet time in which to think through your problems.

3) Go for a walk. If you really can’t fit in an exercise session then take a walk. Walk around the block, walk around you building at work, just take five minutes out of your day and stretch your legs.

4) Massage yourself. Knead your shoulders, your neck and your lower back. Better still, get your significant other to do it for you 🙂

5) Get yourself outdoors. Get some fresh air, connect with nature and look and the beauty that surrounds you. Take a few deep breaths and enjoy!

6) Read. Get yourself a real page-turner of a book and immerse yourself in it. Nothing to lightweight, get something really meaty – something you look forwards to spending ten minutes a day reading. It will allow your mind to wander away from you worries.

7) Have gadget detox. Turn off your phone, your computer and your tablet. Disconnect from the world for a couple of hours and just ‘be’. Get offline and stay offline, you CAN do it!

8) Nap. Take a mid-afternoon nap, just snuggle on the sofa and recharge your batteries.

9) Take a day off. Book some time off from work and do something that you want to do, rather than something that you have to do.

10) Be still. Sit somewhere quiet, close your eyes, focus on your breathing and relax. Try to empty your mind, but don’t force it. Thoughts will float in, and that’s OK. Just acknowledge them, and focus again on your breathing. Do this for a long as you can.

11) Take a bath. Buy a bath bomb, bath oils or bubble bath – whatever takes your fancy. Then let the hot water soak your stress away.

12) Dance. Put on some fast music and dance around the house like a demon. Really go for it, it puts a smile on my face every time!

Times of stress are almost inevitable, but there are ways to get yourself through them. These are my top 10 ways to relax, what do you do to combat stress?




  1. May 4, 2016 / 8:16 pm

    Love that, Michelle. Honestly, I think no. 10 is the most difficult one for me! I find it easier to look for something that distracts me rather than just do nothing at all… I have to get better on that!!

    Much love,
    Annette | Lady of Style

    • May 11, 2016 / 9:34 am

      That’s the thing I find the most difficult too. But it does us good stop from time-to-time and just ‘be’.
      Michelle xx

  2. May 5, 2016 / 10:35 am

    My absolute favourite way to relax (other than vegging out in front of the TV!) is with yoga. I started a couple of years ago and I now do it every morning for at least 20 minutes (I prefer an hour but sometimes that’s just not possible). It’s the breathing and the exercises combined that just have this all encompassing relaxing effect on me. I love it! I’m always trying to encourage others to take it up – in fact, I’m starting yoga teacher training this autumn!! I can’t wait!
    Sorry you’ve had such a shitty year so far 🙁 I hope it gets better and better from now on.
    Suzy x

    • May 11, 2016 / 9:30 am

      I have tried yoga, but only via a DVD. I actually wouldn’t mind trying a class, it might untie some of the knots in my shoulders. Good luck with your new teaching role, I hope it goes really well for you.
      Michelle xx

      • Sharon
        August 12, 2018 / 10:58 pm

        I’ve been doing yoga for nearly 17 years. I remember walking out after that first class in a completely different frame of mind. I was hooked. It doesn’t matter which style you choose, if you don’t like one try another. It’s about carving a bit of time out just for yourself.

  3. June 3, 2016 / 1:36 pm

    These are fantastic suggestions! We all need a little break from our day to day norms! There is nothing better than getting outdoors and enjoying some fresh air! #brillblogposts

    • June 4, 2016 / 4:06 pm

      Can’t beat a good lungful of fresh air, that’s for sure 🙂
      Michelle xx

      • July 18, 2016 / 4:45 pm

        Hey, good to find somneoe who agrees with me. GMTA.

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