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It's the small things: relaxation

The science

Having a little time to relax each day can have a multitude of benefits. It can help you wind down for a better night's sleep, make you less susceptible to catching colds, help to improve your memory and maintain good mental wellbeing.

How to make it a routine

Try to find time each day to simply spend time relaxing. This might be for half an hour before you go to bed, or a couple of hours in the evening after you've eaten. Spending time relaxing doesn't mean you have to sit still and be quiet - what works for one person might not work for another. You might find a yoga class to be beneficial, or listening to music and simply concentrating on your breathing can help.

Techniques such as relaxed breathing can often take time to get the hang of, but after a little practice, it can be really effective in helping to relieve stress.

For others, spending a little time each day doing activities you like can be relaxing. For example, taking a warm bath, reading a book or watching some of your favourite TV programmes can be a good way to unwind at the end of the day.


The outcome

Allocating a little time each day to spend relaxing can really help to combat stress. It can help to lower your heart rate and blood pressure, reducing the level of activity of certain stress hormones which can in turn help to reduce any feelings of frustration, too.



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