Sometimes, it’s just one of those weeks. A week where even the simplest of tasks is hard work. Whether it’s deadlines at the office that are making life hard. You’re struggling with home life or it’s a demanding mix of both. Sometimes we all just need to switch off and unwind. No matter how busy and stressed you are, it’s important to remember that you need time to relax. Which is why we’ve gathered 5 ways you can relax after a busy week.

Spend Some Time Outdoors

We’re all spending more and more time indoors. Which is why it’s important to get out and enjoy some time surrounded by nature. Spending time in nature relaxes your heart rate and reduces your stress levels, but it also gives you time to think, reflect and reset your mind. So, spend some time under the weeping willow in the park, enjoy some quiet time in your own backyard, or spend an afternoon walking through an area of natural beauty. You mental health will thank you.

Take a Hot Shower or Bath

They say there is very little a long soak in a hot tub can’t cure, and it could be just what you need to relax and unwind. Set the scene with some candles, low light and even some music. Soak your aching muscles in your favorite bath soak or try some Epsom salts if you’re really looking to soothe your body. A hot shower will also help relieve the tension in your muscles and if you’re a little under the weather due to stress, then the steam will help unblock your sinuses.

Get Changed

Tight, uncomfortable work clothes, shoes that pinch after a long day on your feet, these are all contributors to stress. Have some of your most comfortable clothes laid out and ready for you when you get home from work. And no, there are no rules that say you can’t wear you PJs at 5pm.

Turn Off From Your Tech

Having the whole world at our fingertips is an incredible thing. It also leaves us open to distressing news, political turmoil and not forgetting the constant barrage of perfect images that make us question the perfection of our own lives on a regular basis. Switch that phone off, or turn off your push notifications, leave your phone in another room for a couple of hours and instead of concentrating on the world at your fingertips. Focus on being in the moment and in the room right now instead.

Exercise

A sweaty gym session doesn’t exactly sound relaxing, but you’ll be surprised at how better your feel afterwards. Exercise releases endorphins which helps us to relax, it gets the blood pumping and your heart beating. It’s great for body and mind. Don’t worry about hitting the gym if you’re a little nervous. Go for a brisk walk or jog around your neighborhood, try some workouts at home, go swimming or try your best to hit your step goal for the day.