Many of us get into the habit of having a glass of wine in the evening to help us relax. The holidays are no help with this - and often lead to more than one glass. Now that 2018 is here and the New Year’s resolutions and promises are in full swing, it’s time we switch up our evening routine.
Wine can be comforting in the evenings, but are there perhaps healthier ways for us to wind down and relax?
Coming home to breathe and meditate, even if it’s only 5 minutes, can help you to relax and let go of your day. It can sometimes be difficult to make the transition from the day to day hustle to family and home life; this is where meditation steps in. Meditation can help you breathe through your day, take it all in, and exhale and let it all go.
2. Take a bath.
Taking a warm bath, especially with lavender epsom salts, can help you unwind and relax from a long day. The epsom salts will help to alleviate sore muscles, aches, pain, and the lavender will help to calm your mind.
Sometimes picking up a good book at the end of the day and “escaping” can be exactly what you need. There are so many options depending upon your mood and the day. Perhaps you are looking for something motivating, inspiring or maybe you just want to escape and dive into the lives of the characters on the pages.
4. Go for a walk.
Get outside, and breathe in the fresh air. Many of us are trapped inside offices all day, and this is your time to get a bit of exercise and enjoy nature. Clear your mind, let go of your day, and just walk. Perhaps you take your partner or dog with you, or maybe you take this time for just you.
Come home and write down your thoughts about the day, your hopes and dreams for tomorrow. Perhaps reviewing a to-do/to-be list and creating new objectives for tomorrow.
6. Spend time with loved ones.
Presence is a gift, for ourselves and others.
How do you choose to wind down at the end of the day?