Being active and relaxing may not sound like two things that go hand in hand, but strange as it may sound, activity can have a profoundly relaxing effect on the body and mind.
Anything with a rhythmic or repetitive pattern induces almost a meditative state (apart from when it really starts to hurt!)
So think running, walking, dancing, swimming, squats, step machine…we could go on but you get the gist.
These exercises cause you to focus on the breath, and get you to be more in tune with your body.
With “green prescriptions”; recommendations from GPs to get outdoors and exercise, proven to boost both mental and physical wellbeing, it stands to reason that getting active can have mental gains.
A little like meditation, if you have something to focus on, then physical activity can force you to focus on your own breath and movements.
And this all helps you to relax. Exercise has been shown to promote better sleep, and mental wellbeing.
So rather than pouring a glass of wine and putting your feet up on the sofa to unwind, the best thing you can do for your body and mind to unwind is actually to get your trainers on and start moving.
Who says you have to keep still to relax? There’s nothing so relaxing as a long run through a park, or a few lengths of the pool. And just think how good you’ll feel afterwards.
Now sleep well!
There's definitely not much more relaxing than a run in natural surroundings - much better than swimming up and down a chlorinated pool.
the hard bit is getting off the sofa - but when I finally did what I said I would and went swimming last week (first time in forever!) I did indeed feel really good afterwards. It is worth it.
Ah now that's easier said than done. I find a glass of wine and sofa very therapeutic and surely that's ok for relaxing sometimes? We need to give ourselves a break once in a while.