After a long work week, sometimes you just want to stay in and enjoy some time alone rather than go out to a crowded party. For the times that you want to indulge in some much-needed self-care, here are some tips for relaxing at home.
1. Incorporate meditation into your daily routine. Studies show that meditation helps to decrease anxiety and reduce the inflammation response caused by stress. If you want to start a daily meditation habit, there are lots of apps that can help to guide you through the process while you learn the ropes. Start by finding a quiet, peaceful place in your home away from other distractions, then give yourself some time to silence your mind — even five minutes is a great place to start.
2. Take deep breaths. Whether you struggle with getting along with others or managing your own stress and anxiety, there are many times throughout the day when you could benefit from deep breathing. When you start to feel yourself getting overwhelmed or angry, try slowing down and taking long, deep breaths to help manage your emotions.
3. Practice yoga at home. You don’t need a membership to a yoga studio in order to take part in this ancient practice. There are many free websites and videos online that can guide you through beginner’s yoga classes in the comfort of your own home. To make yourself more comfortable, invest in your own yoga mat to use for your practice.
4. Start a morning ritual. Starting your day the same way every morning is a great way to decrease stress and make your home feel like a sanctuary. You might wake up early, meditate, make tea and write in your journal before heading off to work, but your morning ritual should be tailored to your specific needs.
5. Make your bed a restful place. If you don’t get a good night of sleep, it can be difficult to do anything else throughout the day. Update your bedding and clear the space around your bed in order to improve your sleep quality, add a noise machine if you struggle with falling asleep and make sure to adjust the temperature in your home to help get comfortable at night.