Happy Wednesday! I forgot to ask you if you had a nice Memorial Day weekend? Honestly, the holiday weekend felt like every other day because time is endless and has no boundaries. Am I right? We just chilled out and relaxed over the rainy weekend in Dallas.
One way I love to relax is just by lounging in my pajamas at home with a cup of coffee and my sweet pets – Sparky, Max and Ruby Lou. This is EXACTLY what I did on Monday! We had a lazy Memorial Day weekend and it was great to have some downtime. Even on weekdays, the best start to my day is when I have a few minutes to myself before I get to working. With everything going on, I know it can be hard to truly settle down and relax, especially with social media and coping with all the unknown. I thought in light of everything that I would share my top 7 easy ways to relax!
When I get a chance to relax, I always love to throw on my favorite pajamas since they are so comfy. Another one of my favorite loungewear items is the Sunday Pant (comes in gray and black) and the Sunday Shorts. These are my go-to! My latest spring and summer obsession are these Cool Night Sleepshirts because they are breathable and comfy (and they keep me cool). Read more about them here. These pajamas are my go-to when I want to just lounge at home. Read more about the benefits and fabrics of the Cool Night Pajamas here. There’s more relaxing loungewear options at the bottom of this post. But for now, let’s discuss the 7 ways to help you relax. Ready?
7 Easy Ways to Relax
Is there anything better than binge watching your favorite show? I’ve discussed my love for binge watching and the shows I watch in this blog post. After dinnertime, it’s great to have some time before bed to grab a glass of wine and snuggle up on my bed or couch for some quality entertainment. Films and television shows have always been a fun thing for me and Pete to enjoy, as they give that sense of escapism from whatever has occurred during the day. So binge watching is definitely my relaxation go-to. Our latest obsession has been the show Hollywood on Netflix. Seriously SO GOOD! We also enjoy watching movies on Amazon Prime. Our most recent film we watched was The Assistant. If you like independent films then you will love it. It’s your typical “fade to black” ending leaving you to ponder what really happens. This film premiered at Sundance Film Festival.
Read a Book
Probably second to film and TV for me would be a good book. Finding yourself lost in the pages of an engaging story is so enjoyable and takes your mind off of any stresses you may have. Although I often reach for the TV remote, I have found that reading really is more calming – especially before bed. It’s the perfect end to a technology-filled day because it centers your focus and naturally prepares your mind to relax before sleeping. Below are some of my favorite books to read.
Vitamins & Supplements
My daily vitamins and supplements keep me healthy, focused and relaxed throughout the day. My daily supplements that I currently take include four Nutrafol capsules (read about Nutrafol here), two Ritual Essential Vitamins (read about Ritual here), two Magnesium supplement capsules, and four STUNN capsules – two AM capsules and two PM capsules (get 20% OFF with code TANYA20). I am writing a full blog post about STUNN and it will publish next week. Right now you can use code GROW25 for 25% off of your Nutrafol subscription, and use code TANYA for 10% off of your first 3 months of Ritual Essential Vitamins.
Take a Walk
Getting some fresh air is good for the soul. I know we have all started to value the outdoors at a whole new level these days. There’s something lovely about spending time in nature and taking in the beauty of the things around you. I like to take a short walk around the neighborhood with my dogs as a great opportunity to think and have some time to myself. I also use this time to listen to podcasts. Read about my favorite podcasts here. Really any exercise in general is so good for you. Exercise is a proven way to help you sleep better and therefore be more relaxed. I have listed some great at-home workouts you should check out here.
Listen to Music
Listening to music is so soothing – if you have the right playlist of course! I’d go for more classical or soft music that has the ability to destress your mind better. You can listen to music in the car, the bath, on a walk, while exercising or in your home. It’s one of the easiest ways to relax since you can do it just about any where.
Take a Bath
Taking a bath in the evenings is always an amazing feeling. Much like listening to music, it’s ideal for soothing your mind while also relaxing your muscles too. The best thing about baths is that there are so many ways to relax while you’re in the tub – by merely just thinking, reading a book, listening to music, lighting candles or indulging these relaxing CBD bath bombs. Better yet, combine all of these together and you’ve got it made! If you’ve had a long day, this is definitely the way to go. Below are some amazing products to really help you wind down in the bath tub.
If you know me, you know I love engaging on social media – mostly Instagram. Don’t we all though? It’s become such a norm in our society that I think we forget what it was like to be without the craziness of phones, the internet and social media. Especially right now when we are relying on FaceTime and Zoom to even connect with people! Sometimes it is very refreshing to “unplug” – mute my phone, step away from all my screens and just invest in myself and the people around me. Pete and I have been married quite awhile, but there’s nothing better than just spending quality time with one another.
For other ways to relax and enjoy a homebody lifestyle, read my ideas here. I also highlighted five things to do at home during quarantine here. All of these activities have all helped me relax! Do you have any easy ways to relax? I would love to hear your tips!
xoxo – Tanya
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I like to go to the pub on sunday for “me” time.
Well, that’s a good solution too!
Great suggestions for relaxing! Binge watching is my “go to”!
We are EXPERT binge watchers over here. Now, if I could just put that enthusiasm into exercise…
I am most relaxed when my phone is on silent and I’m playing with the kiddos!!
WOW! That’s good to know!
Taking a bath is my relaxing time. It always gives me a good nights sleep. Love your Soma pajamas.
I would have to agree. Especially if it has been a long day…
Bath bombs away!
I like to cuddle with my significant other…
Your experience is interesting for me, I have written down a couple of ways and I will definitely try it. Fortunately, now there are also a lot of cool supplements that will help you relax.
I have always felt that rest and relaxation are just as important as hard work, although it’s easy to forget. We all need to kick back and recover from all the stresses that life can bring. Being an athlete, I had to learn this the hard way with numerous over-use injuries over the years. But I think at least for now, that I have finally reached a point in my life where I can balance hard work and play time.