With Christmas around the corner, chances are life is pretty hectic right now and you’ve got a lot on your plate. This goes for parents, educators, centre owners and directors, and even children. The festive period is full of fun but it can be a stressful time too. That’s why it’s really important to make time to do things that are relaxing. This usually means slowing down, being in the moment and perhaps doing a little less than usual.
If the thought of coming up with something relaxing to do creates stress in itself, we can help! The seven ideas below are easy to achieve, accessible and definitely relaxing.
- Connect to nature
There’s no better time than summer to get outdoors and connect with our beautiful planet! The beach, the backyard, the local park — being close to nature is proven to have a calming effect on people and help us to feel grounded.
- Get moving
Whether you prefer strolling, riding, swimming or even yoga, the benefits of exercise are undeniable. Not only will you feel relaxed, but exercise releases endorphins, the feel good hormones,to put a smile on your face!
- Read a book
Take some time to get stuck into a good book. Whether it’s one you have read before and love, one you’ve had gathering dust on the bedside table for a few months or a new one you got for Christmas, reading is a great way to take some time out.
- Write it down
Keeping a diary or journal can be a therapeutic exercise that can relax you, stimulate creativity and help you to better handle what life throws at you. Maybe you could try writing a poem or two, or just doing some dot points about how you have been feeling or what you have been doing.
- Take a nap
Many of us do not get enough sleep, but this summer try to give yourself the gift of an afternoon nap. It doesn’t need to be more than ten minutes or so but will give you a sense of calm and you’ll be surprised how rejuvenated you can feel after just a short nap!
- Play time
We often talk about the benefits of play for children, but how often do adults just take the time to get immersed in play? Relax and get stuck into playing here and there over summer. Not only will it help you connect with children, but you’ll reconnect with your own inner child too.
- Watch a movie
While too much screen time isn’t good for anyone, snuggling up on the couch for a movie is a pastime that we all love. Choose a feel good film, get some snacks sorted and get lost in a movie this summer!
However you choose to unwind, make sure you give yourself the gift of relaxation over summer or anytime throughout the year
For some more inspiration on how to take some time out, check out the photos of the Bonkers Beat team getting close to nature and being creative at the Staff retreat here!