7 Ways to unwind, relax and take time for yourself

With many of us living life in the fast lane, it's hard to find ways to unwind, relax and just generally slow down. Stress can build up and grow if not tackled and can often result in us feeling overwhelmed.

Taking time out for yourself is one of the most important things you should do in life, yet many of us are trying to juggle everything else and won't have any 'me time'.

Allowing yourself to relax and unwind is vital to keeping yourself and your mental health intact. Follow our simple but expert ways to unwind, relax and just take time out for yourself.

Time alone

One of the most important ways to unwind is to have some time alone! If you're a busy parent, we completely understand that getting time alone can be near impossible. Some of us can't even go to the loo in peace before having our children calling out for us! (Honestly, 2 minutes of peace...please!)

But, it's essential that we spend some alone time to help quieten our thoughts. Maybe even get some perspective.

So, do whatever it takes. Leave the house if you live with others. Get a friend or family member to look after the kids. How you choose to spend your time alone is entirely up to you. Read a book. Have a bath. Listen to some music. Whatever. Just have some time to yourself!

Go for a walk... outside

Any form of exercise is ideal for destressing but we understand that it's not for everyone.  Taking a walk, however, can make the world of difference and can really help us unwind.

Even if it's just a leisurely stroll in the countryside, you'll be surprised at how much it will help you!

In fact, as many of us are always rushing around trying to get places, we recommend a steady walk might just be the best thing for you!

Whether on your lunch break, before a good study session, or in the evening, take out an hour in your day to just walk outside.
Simply being outside, getting the fresh air, oxygen to our brain, and our heart pumping our blood just a little more will make you feel ten times more relaxed and refreshed.


Having recently become more popular and dare we say 'trendy', colouring is the perfect activity to unwind.

The act of picking up a coloured pencil and colouring in lines allows our minds to concentrate on the activity and, not on other things. It takes your attention away from yourself and life and allows you to be more present. It relaxes the brain.

It's a form of art therapy and whilst it's not for some, others may prefer this to soaking in a nice hot bath.

Take a nap

Napping is one of the best things you can do for yourself. Particularly, if you are tired and run down.

It can help us recharge, which will in effect make us feel much more energised.

The reality of actually having the time to nap may be non-existent. But, even on weekends - if you're feeling tired out, take half an hour out to lie down on your bed and nap.

If you're lucky enough to have sleep pods in your office, make use of this. Or, you could always just nap at your desk!

Breathing or meditation

Slowing your breathing down is one way of ensuring your body is relaxed. The moment you breathe in deeply, it sends a message to the brain to relax. This then immediately slows an increased heart rate and blood pressure. It also reduces the production of stress hormones.
Try breathing in for ten, then out for ten. You will immediately feel much calmer!

Meditation isn't for everyone, but it's proven to help people relax and destress. Try different meditation techniques involving breathing, silence, and clearing your thoughts.

Listen to music

Listening to music can help us escape the moment which in return will aid our bodies to relax and unwind. It doesn't necessarily need to be classical or piano music, just music that you enjoy listening to. If heavy metal is what you're into (as long as it doesn't make your heart beat ten times faster), then listen to this.

Whatever takes your fancy!

Putting headphones on will help block out any outside noise and can ensure you are in the moment, allowing you to unwind.

Take a bath

Now obviously having a bath isn't for everyone but, there's something amazing about laying in a bath of warm water! The heat soaks through to your muscles and relaxes them. Add candles, some natural-smelling oils, and some relaxing music and you are well and truly on your way to destressing!

Remember, no matter how busy your life is,  you need to make sure you slow down every now and then and take time out to recuperate. You don't want to burn out! These aren't the only ways to unwind, relax and take time for yourself but they're certainly an easy start!


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7 Ways to unwind, relax and take time for yourself