Switching off in a switched-on world
Bringing zen back!
The best ways to relax.
In the fast-paced world of social media, insta and memes it can be hard to find some zen. How can a girl meditate when her phone is blowing up 24/7?!
Check out our top tips for chilling out and de-stressing when it all gets too much.
Run yourself a big ole’ bath. There’s few things more relaxing than some candles, some tunes and the tub. Dim the lights, get some bubbles going, fish out some bath salts and you’ll be relaxed in no time. No bath? Whip out the bath oil and try having a long shower instead. It’s (almost) just the same!
Declutter. Ok, so cleaning does not sound like the most relaxing thing but physical clutter can lead to mental clutter and that means stress. Tidying up and putting everything in its right place (that means clothes off the floor and into the wardrobe) can make you feel a lot better.
Get comfy! In skinny jeans? In your work clothes? In smelly, sweaty gym gear? Sometimes just getting in trackies or putting on your favourite dress can change your mindset and make you feel 100 times better. Pyjamas on at lunchtime? Sure thing.
Grab some pencils and get colouring. That’s right. Adults who colour feel zen. It’s a great distraction from some of life’s biggest stressors and gives you something aesthetically pleasing to focus on. So search your inner kid and whip out the pencils...
Museums. You know what’s great about museums? Everyone has to be quiet. They are a great place to go for a wander and find some peace while still learning something interesting. If you want even less interaction with people, grab yourself an audioguide and zone out.
Bake something! The methodical nature of cooking (i.e. all the measuring and weighing ingredients) can be great for destressing. It’s like a small creative project with a reward at the end (read: cupcakes). Slap on an apron, present your baked goods on colourful platters (they’ll taste better) and get ready to lick the bowl.
Pat an animal! Patting pets legit gives you endorphins. Grab a cat or a pooch and give it a cuddle. Instant happiness boost.
Tell someone about it. You know what makes you less stressed? Friends. Sharing is caring people. One great way to get a big weight off your shoulders it to talk about it (and no we don’t mean post an angry tweet). Facetime a friend, grab a coffee or an ice-cream and get chatting.
Zen gardens. The name says it all. Like the colouring, these babies are super relaxing especially if you’re someone who can’t keep still. They don’t need any maintenance so they’re not going to stress you out like other plants (hurray!) plus you can keep one on your desk for when work just gets too much.
GET OFF YOUR PHONE. This is the most obvious but the hardest. Being on your phone 24/7 is a stress and a distraction in itself. It stops you from sleeping properly and it stops you from being mindful! Try to leave your phone in a separate room before bed and give yourself a social media detox (no juices involved).
By: Daisy D’Souza