Have you been told to avoid contact with others and stay at home? As social creatures, isolation in any form can be quite stressful for us, making it’s important to monitor your mental health. One useful thing you can do is learn how to relax your mind; Knowing how to calm down those thoughts and relax can help to relieve feelings of anxiety and stress. We’ve put together some tips to help you do just that!
Just because you’re stuck indoors, it doesn’t mean you can’t exercise. Why not browse the web for a fun dance routine, body-weight strength workout or relaxing yoga session? We have some suggestions if you’re in need of some home exercise inspiration here.
It’s been proven that exercising – however you want to do it – can help improve your mental health. Your self-esteem will be raised, you’ll experience setting goals and achieving them, and to top it all off: exercise causes chemical changes in your brain which can help to lift your mood.
Top tip: It’s more important to find an activity you enjoy doing and are more likely to keep up than going for the ‘hardest’.
Write it down
Sometimes it can feel like our minds are going 100 mph, flitting from thought to thought erratically or overthinking a certain topic. Especially when you’re on your own. How are you supposed to know what is really getting to you when you feel like this? A great method to tackle these stressful thought processes is to write down what you’re thinking. Then, you can look at what you wrote down afterwards or even the next day to see if it was a valid issue for you to address or just a passing flit of anxiety.
Reach out to friends and family
You know what it’s like. If something bad happens or we’re forced to spend extended times by ourselves, life can feel overwhelming. However, sometimes all we need to do is talk our loved ones to make everything seem that little bit lighter.
Even the most introverted of us need contact with others, so don’t be afraid to pick up the phone. Who knows? They could be in a very similar situation to you, so you could be helping each other out.
How to relax your mind by getting a good night’s sleep
Catching enough good-quality ZZZs every night is beneficial for so many areas of health. One of these is our ability to deal with daily stresses, as when you’re tired, you’re more likely to get agitated. A good 7-9 hours of sleep a night (depending on your age and other factors) is important for your mood – a lack of sleep can make staying happy and relaxed a real struggle.
Hold on though, how are you supposed to sleep well if you’re stressed? Are we in some sort of catch-22 situation here? It can feel like that! Here are some ways to try and improve your sleep:
- Stick to a regular bedtime
- Have a bath, do yoga, or any other relaxing activity to unwind before bed
- Keep your bedroom quiet, dark and at a nice temperature – blackout curtains and earplugs can help
- Leave the tv, computer and your phone out of the bedroom – they can make it difficult to unwind
- Avoid caffeine and nicotine, they could keep you up all night
- Lead an active lifestyle with regular exercise
- Consider a lavender sleep kit like this one by Miaroma. Lavender can help calm an active mind, help you relax and drift off for a lovely night’s sleep – and it smells pretty good too!
How to relax your mind by practicing mindfulness
Mindfulness is the act of paying attention to the present moment. This type of meditation makes us more aware of our mind-body connection and helps us to focus on being in the moment. When you’re in the moment, you won’t be worrying about something that happened last week or stressing about what may happen in the future. All that free mind space will allow you to focus on your breathing and the way you think to help you be more relaxed in general. Read more about it in our mindfulness article.
Last updated: 29 April 2020