Relaxation: A Girl’s Night In
by Laetitia Wong
At least Dory’s got that down. Relaxing and freeing yourself from all the stresses of life can be a major factor in decluttering your life, both physically and emotionally. Feeling calm as a person translates directly to reducing workplace stress and can even lower your blood pressure.
In a world of missed alarms, piping hot showers or heaters that refuse to work, you end up arriving late at work to a stony-faced boss who then berates you for your tardiness. And the cherry on top of that embarrassing ice-cream sundae, you’re broke and living from paycheck to paycheck. There are way too many zero’s on your monthly credit card bill, and your boyfriend isn’t even answering his phone.
At this point in time, a warm bubble bath and generous glass of Pinot is beginning to sound real good.
Meditating is a great way to relax, especially if you have been particularly stressed with your life lately. It’s not costly, easy on your wallet, and it doesn’t involve anyone but you and yourself. Experts advise to sit in a cross legged position, close your eyes, and focus on your ‘happy place’. That could be anything from a beach in the Bahamas, to the fragrance section at Sephora. Check out our top 5 fragrance picks here!
2. Indulge in Matcha
Oh, Green tea. It’s no surprise that this one’s on the list. Not only does it aid weight loss, but it contains a particular animo aide that gives the bitter flavour to the green tea and promotes calm and serenity. In addition, it gives you your daily dose of the caffeine high without the lows of the coffee crash.
3. Pump up your iPod
Music affects your mood – Similarly, good music makes you feel good by amping up your heart rate and brain waves. In addition, it stimulates the release of oxytocin and the feel-good hormone seratonin. Personal faves include Sneaky Sound System’s “Pictures” and Starship’s “We Built This City”. #oldies
4. Read a great book
Reading, it sounds simple enough, but oddly most people (Yes, I’m looking at you Gen Y) have ditched the traditional hard copies for handier digital copies like Kindles and Kobos. Nonetheless, we’re obsessed with catching up on the Mazerunner series for the time being. Make time for a chapter a day, it’s both a good habit, and a great outlet.
5. Watch silly pug vines
This may sound completely loopy, but pugs are one of the world’s most adorable potato-looking dogs, and I do love what I watch. I could spend all my lunch break watching these pugtatoes wiggling about on screen. Watching something you truly enjoy could make for a solid half an hour of pure and unadulterated laughter.
Like the saying goes: Laughter is the best medicine.
I mean, look at that smushy face.