10 ways to relax

20 April 2017 by
First published: 2 November 2016

Take some chill time with these 10 ways to relax for National Stress Awareness Day. As although stress is considered to be a fairly everyday occurrence, it can have some very serious health implications, such as high blood pressure and insomnia, so it is very important to relax whenever you can find the time. Here are 10 ways to help you unwind…

Light some scented candles
Smell is the sense that is most likely to calm you, so you should always use it to your advantage. Buy a candle scented with chamomile, lavender or jasmine – all of these fragrances are known for their calming properties.


Shutting your mind off from what is happening in your life is one of the best ways to calm yourself, whether you are at home, in a park or at your desk. Meditation techniques are really easy to find and follow online, so there is always something new to try!

Keep a diary

Writing down what is stressing you out can be a great way to externalise your problems and make them seem less overwhelming. This is perfect for when something is bothering you but you don’t want to talk about it.

Have a hot drink
Sometimes all you need to feel about a bit better after a long day is to curl up on the sofa with a hot drink. Green tea is the best choice for relaxation as it contains theanine, which has a calming effect on your nervous system.

Do some exercise

Everyone knows that even a short burst of exercise produces endorphins, which is what puts you in a good mood. Go for a quick run, or go to the gym and your cortisol levels will drop

Get an early night

Things always seem a lot worse than they actually are when you’re exhausted, so sometimes an early night really helps banish stress. Usually you’ll wake up the next day feeling much more optimistic and energetic. So get home from work, put your pyjamas and read a book in bed before turning your light out early – it will do you the world of good.

Meet up with loved ones

Relax and chat with friends and family in your free time, and you will leave feeling like you can handle any problems that come your way. Plan a fun day out or have a girly night in to lift your spirits.

Do some colouring in
Recent studies have shown that adults who use colouring books in their free time have lower stress levels. It’s a form of distraction – as you have to concentrate so hard on staying in lines. It’s harder than it looks.

Treat yourself to a massage

Stress can carry itself in your muscles, especially in your shoulders and back, which can lead to knots, aches and even spasms. This can quickly lead to long-term problems. Spa massages are also specifically designed to be a calming experience, with scented oils, dimmed lighting and calming music – so you know it will be a good idea to go.

Take a walk

Getting outside and taking a deep breath of fresh air can dramatically improve your stress levels – as you are exercising and getting a change of scenery, leading to a happy mood change. Try and get to the countryside if you can, as it will be even more peaceful.