Relax Well

Taking time out of your busy schedule is important for your health and wellbeing. Whether you’re away from home, on the job, or having a day off, there are small actions you can take to de-stress and have fun.

Why Relaxing Well matters.

Deliberately setting aside time each day to let your body and mind relax is important for maintaining your health, focus and productivity. 

  • Your body is not designed to cope with sustained stress over a long time. 
  • Constant stress can lower your immunity and can lead to health problems: weight gain, disrupted sleep, problems with your stomach, headaches and muscle pain.  
  • Taking small breaks can help switch off your body’s harmful overactive stress response. 

What can I do to Relax Well?

Consciously setting aside a few minutes each day to let your body and mind relax is incredibly important for maintaining your health, focus and productivity.

Tips to relax well

Schedule a small amount of time each day to completely relax and do something you enjoy

  • It could be listening to music or a podcast, reading a book or magazine, or simply watching the sun rise or set.

Take regular breaks from your device

  • When you are eating try to avoid using your device and focus on enjoying your meal.
  • When you have time off, try to limit the amount of time you spend on your device. Instead, plan to catch up on your rest, spend time with people you want to connect with, or do an activity you enjoy.

Stay present

  • Try not to overload your brain with lots of things when you’re having downtime.  
  • Regular moments of stillness can increase your ability to think and focus. They also help you sleep. 
  • When you are in a queue waiting to load or unload, you could use the time to do some small exercises,sip waterand takedeep breaths rather than checking devices. 

Do nothing

  • It’s ok to take proper breaks. There’s no need to be constantly busy.
  • Doing nothing gives us an opportunity to bring our minds back under control and feel calmer.

Write your small wins

  • Before you go to sleep, try writing a list of things that have gone well for you during the day and things you are grateful for or enjoyed that day! 
  • You could try a meditation app. There are many free meditation apps for stress, anxiety, sleep and mindfulness.