Mar 03 2015

Working a full time job, running my blog and handling a new creative business together means I work for long hours and often don’t have time to relax. Working continuously without relaxing ain’t good for the mind or the body.

And so, I have made relaxation a part of my work routine by including little activities that calm and refresh me throughout the day. These are some of the quick and effective ways I use to relax and you can too:

1. Take a 10-minute catnap: Yes! Go sleep but not for more than 20 minutes. Research says that a 10 minute nap during the day boosts our focus and productivity. However the trick here is timing, if you miss the 10 – 20 minute mark, you will enter the sleep inertia zone which will make you feel tired and groggy. So steal a short nap during the middle of the day and encourage your boss to take one too!
2. Soothing music: Music is food for the soul. Listen to some soothing music while you are at work to relax your mind. I love using apps on my phone to play some sweet sounds that refresh my mood. Sounds of nature – birds chirping, water flowing, wind blowing are so lovely to listen to and keep my mind calm. You could also create a playlist of some relaxing music on your phone or desktop – I love this youtube playlist as background music while I work. 
3. Micro-meditation: From a very young age, I ‘ve been into meditation and it has helped me a lot in keeping a calm mind and controlling stress. You don’t have to spend a lot of time, you can meditate in short 5-minute periods throughout the day. For starters, I love the Headspace app for guided meditation. You have to try it, its awesome.
4. Take little window breaks: I often take 2-3 minute breaks for every 25-30 minutes of work. During these breaks, I love to look out of my window as it takes my mind off work and gets me involved with the outside world. Whether it is watching the clear blue skies or busy people on the road, these breaks help me return to work with a new perspective and a fresh mind.
5. Creative visualization: This is one of my favorite ways to relax. I just close my eyes and visualize a scene that makes me happy. Whether it is traveling, meeting your loved ones or success at work, just close your eyes and visualize it happening – it instantly drifts you into a state of happiness and relaxation. 
6. Water plants: This one is very specific to me, but I love watering plants every afternoon. There is something very relaxing about plants and watching them grow, it puts happy thoughts in my head. If you don’t have plants around, just take a short walk outside and look at some greenery.  
7. Sip on some tea: Coffee is for kicks, but tea is relaxing. I love sipping on some hot lemon tea, it refreshes me instantly! Ginger, lemon, green – any tea, just choose one and sip on.

Life is really beautiful – stop, appreciate, relax and say thank you for it!

What are your favorite ways to relax?

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  • Holly

    These are all great tips and ones that are so useful to add to our daily routines. I swear by soothing music and taking a break every fifty minutes to an hour – just getting up and moving my muscles instantly makes me feel better!

    Holly | http://abranchofholly.blogspot.co.uk/

  • clementine buttercup

    I love Head space! I've been working through the meditation packs and have learned so much about myself as a result. Your idea of taking time to just look out of the windows is a lovely one. Much better than browsing through my phone during my breaks.


  • Ah now it makes sense. I always take 1-2 hour naps and just feel tired after it anyway. But I've tried taking short naps and still feel tired! Maybe I just need more sleep the night before πŸ˜› Love tea! And I need to remember to take more window breaks, because I get headaches really often from staring at the computer for so long.

    Sheri | Behind The Frames

  • My life is basically a series of cat naps!! I like the idea of little window breaks though – takes you away from a screen for a minute.

    Laura x FloraLoo Two

  • I like to listen to a song I've never heard before and focus on the lyrics. It allows me to completely clear my mind from the task I was working on and makes it easier to approach a challenge with a fresh mindset.

    Alyssa J Freitas

  • catherine β™‘

    Tea can solve any problem! Lovely post x


  • A Johnson-JohsonsHouseofLove

    Is there a such thing as a 10-20 minute catnap?? I've tried this and have failed miserably every time. I usually wake up 2 hours later well rested but mad that I slept so long lol

  • Love this!

    Ashleigh | Being Ashleigh Blog

  • Great post! You make a good point about working in a more relaxing way instead of adding the relaxing as a separate task on your to-do's! The window break is one I will try starting tomorrow! xx


  • Anna

    I definitely need to do more of this everyday!! Thanks for sharing <3


  • Lovely tips! I've always got jazz music playing in the office. I also make tea every few hours- helps me remember to step away from my desk!


  • πŸ™‚ That is so good holly, its a wonderful practice to get out of your desk every 50 min. Keep it going πŸ™‚ x

  • Thanks catherine πŸ™‚ ah you bet, tea is awesome xx

  • Ha ha i know its hard, really really hard! πŸ™‚ x

  • Let me know how it goes rebecca, atleast for me it helps relax my eyes and mind every few minutes πŸ™‚ xx

  • Welcome Anna πŸ™‚ Do it! x

  • Yes, I also keep water away from my desk sometimes so it will make me get up πŸ™‚ Thanks kira! xx

  • Thanks ashleigh! x

  • Claire Campbell-Adams

    I am going to download the headspace app, Thank you for the recommendation.


  • Great tips! I always think it's so important to take a bit of time for yourself every day πŸ™‚

  • So welcome claire πŸ™‚ Hope you like it xx

  • Yes so true πŸ™‚ A few moments for ourselves helps lot in relaxing x

  • Such a great post!! My favorite ways are listening to music and meditation. I recently tried meditation with the Headspace app and I'm so glad I did because I love it, it instantly makes me feel more relaxed and my head feels lighter if that makes any sense πŸ™‚ x

  • I wish I would be able to control naps, haha. I can't sleep whenever I want, it takes some time to fall asleep so it's hard to control how much time I'm actually sleeping. Stopping after 10-20 mins is another challenge!

  • The Adored Life

    I love the little break ideas! Plus that is really motivating to work hard for a break!