At times there is nothing better than taking some time out to relax, but our busy lives now mean that many of us miss the chance to enjoy some ‘me time’ and can’t relax. Relaxing doesn’t necessarily mean embarking on a weekend spa retreat, in fact the tips we’ll provide can take as little as 15 minutes to help you wind down!
One of the best ways to beat stress is through regular meditation. Research has shown that meditation helps to alter brain waves so that you become more resilient to stress and less affected by feelings of anxiety. It can also help to control heart rate and blood pressure levels which will have a significant impact on your overall health. Just ten minutes a day can help you feel the benefits, so even the busiest person should be able to find that time to shut off and relax! Meditation is very simple. Find a comfortable place to sit with both feet on the floor. Close your eyes and focus on one thing that calms you. It could be your own breathing, an object, a place, or even a mantra, whatever makes you feel happy and calm. It can take time to get the hang of focussing on one thing and not letting things distract you, but with practise it will become much simpler and the benefits will be greater.
A nice, easy way to relax is by listening to music. You could opt for calm, soothing music to help settle your mind or alternatively you could choose some of your favourite tunes and get moving! Both ways will help to relax you, however the second option will drum up your energy levels and it has the potential to release the feel-good endorphins in a similar way to exercise without the tough workout! Let’s be honest, who doesn’t feel good and relaxed after a song and dance along to their favourite music? And this can be done in less than five minutes!
The very idea of water is calming, so it’s no surprise that water-related activities are often cited as a great way to relax. They make take more than 15 minutes but they can really help you wind down and take your mind away from daily stresses. Take a hot bath and really indulge yourself. Create a soothing environment with candles and let the heat relax tired muscles. Alternatively, if you find you can’t sit still you could opt to go for a swim. Swimming is extremely beneficial to the mind and body and it doesn’t have to be include a strenuous workout.
Our facilities are perfect if you want to relax socially. You can enjoy the heat and let the tension just melt away in the sauna and steam room, and you can enjoy a dip in our mosaic tiled pool and let the water just wash over you.