Life’s little luxuries

Published On: June 2, 2017 12:07 PM NPT By: Republica  | @RepublicaNepal

After a hectic day at work or a busy week, all we want to do is relax and take it easy but sometimes that’s easier said than done, especially when there are things that need attention on the home front too. But recharge and re-energize we must. So whenever you find some little pockets of time, try one of these little ideas that we have for you here. Even if your day has been really chaotic, indulge yourself for a few minutes before you call it a night. We guarantee you will go to bed soothed and wake up all set to tackle another busy day. 

The basic and the best
The best way to leave work behind you is to immediately get out of your work clothes and wash out every office meeting and tension from your hair and body. Lay out your most comfortable pair of clothes to wear at home and get into the shower or a tub for a long relaxing cleansing routine. It is scientifically proven that water has a calming effect on the mind and soul, creating the perfect environment to unwind.

Family time
Most people assume that they would like to be alone at home, especially if they are very tired. But there is nothing more relaxing than walking in to the lovely smiles on your family’s faces because it tells you that there are people who are always happy to see you. Nurture their company. Spend some time asking about their day and talking about yours. Give them a hug that lasts for more than 20 seconds. It has been scientifically proven that longer hugs calm your mind and make it feel safe. If you don’t have a family staying with you, go out with your friends. Grab a glass of wine (a glass), and don’t talk about work. It’s easier to get your mind off how tired you are while having a conversation with those you love. 

Hobby to the rescue 
Whether it is embroidery, video games, pottery, or computer programming, a hobby is the perfect way to transition out of a long day and into home time. If you work using your mind (whether it’s finance, tech or the arts), try picking up a more physical hobby. If you’re more physically inclined at work, try developing a hobby that stretches your mind.
It’s more than just preoccupying yourself with an activity. A hobby is a chance to grow and learn, doing something that you enjoy and that pushes you in different ways than your job might.

Letting music/literature 
take control

Hearing is one of the senses that have a direct effect on the way you are feeling. So if you want to relax, dissociate yourself from noise. If you live in a noisy household, move to another room or outside of your house to seek some peace and quiet. Alternatively, you can plug in some headphones or put on the speakers and play some soothing classical music or chants. Try to stay away from rock and other such loud genres of music as loud sounds might aggravate that muddled feeling you usually have at the end of the day. 
Alternatively, make yourself a cup of tea and sit back and relax with a good book. There really can’t be a better way to relax than by entering another world through a fascinating book. Just to be clear: Read a book totally non-related to work. No business books, papers or reports – nothing to do with work. Also, drinking a cup of chamomile tea has been proven to be a highly effective way to sooth and calm jittery nerves after a hard day at work. It is considered to be a mild tranquilizer and effective in inducing sleep. 

Mandatory meditation session
Blank your mind. You don’t have to attend a yoga class or sit in any particular posture to meditate. You can meditate in the environment and position that you find most comfortable. You might like to dim the lights, lie down in a comfortable position and slowly relieve your mind of thoughts. You cannot consciously control what thoughts come to you, so the best way is to let them flow till they natural take you to another level of peace. You can also have some chants or music in the background to assist you in the process.

Indulging the senses 
This can be a great bedtime ritual. And it really couldn’t get any simpler. All you have to do is buy some scented candles of your choice and light them as you are getting ready to go to bed. Lavender, vanilla, and rose scented candles are just right for this purpose but the key is to choose a scent that you like. Just five or ten minutes of this ritual will put your mind at ease. Just pay attention to the ambiance candlelight creates, and take in the lovely scent as well.

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