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Top tips to relax at home

Spa breaks and pamper days are a great way to unwind, but it doesn't need to end there. Our relaxation tips will allow you to carry on your experience in the comfort of your own home.

Limber up with yoga

Yoga can help to release tension, increase flexibility, promote stress relief and ultimately relax. There are many different positions in yoga, including the lotus position or cross-legged position. When the body is positioned in an open way, like the lotus pose, it's claimed you are more susceptible to calming thoughts. If you're a beginner to yoga, try a couple of DVDs or classes with an instructor first to help you move into the correct positions.

Breathe deeply and meditate

Mediation can help you to relax by becoming 'present' in the current moment. Find a comfortable place, close your eyes and bring your attention to one thing. It could be listening to your own breathing or concentrating on an object or view. This helps you to focus your mind and achieve awareness and inner calm.

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Slow down the tempo

Wind down after a hard day by playing soothing music. Songs with a slower tempo are particularly good at slowing down breathing and heart rate, as well as relaxing the muscles. Calming music can also have a beneficial effect if you're trying to sleep at night.

Diffuse calm-inducing scents

Aromatherapy is a great way to relax, reduce anxiety and improve your overall wellbeing. The therapeutic practice uses essential oils, which can either be dispersed into the air using a room diffuser or massaged into the body. The oils trigger the production of 'feel-good' hormones which in turn helps to soothe, clam and achieve tranquillity. Common essential oils used for relaxation include: jasmine, lavender, camomile and geranium.

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Banish tension and knots

Escape the day-to-day grind with a soothing massage. From back and neck to feet and targeted areas, massages can help to relieve sore and tense muscles. Some massagers incorporate heat to increase the comforting and calming sensation. There's plenty of massage products which can be used at home to help you to kick back and relax.

Soak up soap suds

Taking a bath is also a great way to unwind as heat relaxes muscles, making you feel less tense and stressed. Try dimming the lights and lighting candles, adding your favourite bath soak or salts and playing a little music or reading.

Pamper yourself with at-home treatments

Make some time to treat yourself with a do-it-yourself facial, pedicure or manicure. Setting aside a couple of hours in the evening or an afternoon to apply a face mask, paint your nails or give your toes some special attention will help you to de-stress and relax.

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Get your 8 hours a day

A healthy sleeping routine can make a big difference to your overall wellbeing. Getting the right amount and quality of sleep will help you to perform at your best. If you struggle to drift off, here's some helpful hints to make bedtime a breeze:

  • Sleep on a comfortable mattress and pillow. The average life expectancy for a mattress is 8- 10 years, if yours has exceeded this it may be time to buy a new one
  • Avoid bright lights in the evening as they confuse your body's natural body clock
  • Stick to a regular sleep schedule - even at the weekends
  • Avoid caffeine, alcohol and big meals in the evening - this can cause indigestion and make sleeping difficult
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