Tuesday, 25 February 2020

5 Healthy Ways To Unwind After A Busy Week

We've had all those weeks.  When the housework is piling up, the kids have been particularly difficult, white goods break down without warning, someone's causing trouble at the office...etc etc.

The weeks where you just want to lock the door on a Friday evening, wrap yourself in a blanket and never have to face the world again! I started using CBD oil a few months ago but it’s not instant of course and I’ve often found myself wondering “how long does it take for CBD oil to work?”

So what's the best way to unwind after one of those particularly stressful weeks?

Here are 5 ways I like to unwind when life gets on top of me a bit.

1) Get Lost In A Good Movie

I'm sure this goes without saying and is no doubt the go-to for most people, but nothing relaxes me more than snuggling down with my favourite blanket and some yummy treats, and immersing myself into someones else's world via a good film.

With Netflix & Amazon Prime there's always something new to watch, but my favourite thing to do when I'm having a particularly tough time with anxiety is to put on an old favourite.

There's something so comforting about the familiarity of a movie I know well, no nasty surprises in store - just the good memories that my favourite flicks bring. The Sound Of Music, Grease and Steel Magnolias are all go-to choices for me!

A few hours spent watching Maria fall in love with Captain Von Trapp again, or singing along to the Grease classics and I can feel the stresses of the week just melting away - I find it even more relaxing if I pair the movie with a nice cup of CBD tea, too. I prefer the tea but CBD can be used in so many different ways, you can browse seed shops like Zamnesia or even try a CBD bath oil.

2) Take Up A New Fitness Class

Fitness classes can be a great way to unwind and destress, and with so many different class types on offer now there is truly something for every ability level.

Whether you fancy yourself as a bit of a dancer or would prefer something more sports based, there's sure to be something to suit your tastes.

One great way to destress is to take up a sport like Badminton - as well as being a great way to unwind it also gives you a great workout and it doesn't have to cost a lot either, with a pretty low start-up cost - you can get all of the equipment from a site like www.badmintonhq.co.uk - you'll be on the courts and feeling great in no time!

3) Have A Bedroom Boogie

Nothing gets me out of a bad head space faster than good uplifting music does, and putting on my favourite tunes and having a good dance around my bedroom can really help to lift my spirits quickly!

I've created a Happy Songs playlist on my phone full of all the music that I find really helps to lift my spirits - ranging from uplifting pop classics to songs that evoke good memories and feelings for me - it always works to pull me out of a funk in an instant.

If I'm feeling particularly energetic, I also really like to put on The Fitness Marshall's youtube channel and join in with his funny & energetic dance exercise videos.  They're so good for getting a bit out of breath and lifting the spirit! Gentle exercise can be so therapeutic.

4) Get Retro & Play A Video Game!

It had been years since I'd bothered playing a video game until very recently, it was something I always leave to my kids! But a few months back I decided on a whim to buy The Sims 2 - a game I used to really love and would play until the early hours most days.

I started playing it of an evening once the kids had gone to bed, and I fell straight back in love with creating my Sims ideal homes and planning out their life stories - it's so much fun and I've loved playing it again.

It really manages to suck me in, leaving me completely distracted from any every day stresses and strains - ideal! 

Another great retro game is Solitaire. It's a fun game that's simple, exercises your mind, and you can play it for free online!

5) Try Your Hand At Something Creative

I have to admit to not being the most creative of people, but I've often thought how relaxing it must be for those who have a talent for the likes of sewing/knitting/embroidery to spend some time of an evening getting stuck in to something creative.

I think the important thing is to remember not to focus on results for this one - I'm not artistically gifted and so I can get easily disheartened by what I end up producing but it's not about that, it's about the experience and getting lost in the process of being creative and expressing yourself through some kind of art.

I quite fancy trying my hand at some painting, and I recently bought a book to help me learn how to draw properly - it certainly helps me to unwind, and if I'm not feeling up to anything too intense then a bit of mindful colouring works a treat too! Home Bargains have some great colouring books for adults.

What's your favourite way to unwind after a stressful week? I'd love to hear your ideas!

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