Finding the time to relax during our day to day lives can feel hard at times so when we add all the tasks of planning a wedding into a mix, those “free times” can feel impossible to find. Relaxing is so important, especially when you are under a lot of pressure. Our bodies are amazing but they need to be taken care of in order to perform to the best of their abilities and that means we HAVE to relax.
When you create your daily to do list, do you leave a space for relaxing? We all know that regular exercise and healthy eating is the key to a good lifestyle but not many people will make relaxing a priority even though it is just as important. In fact, it is more common to hear a person say “I don’t have time to relax”.
Our lives seem to be getting busier and busier as time goes on, leaving many people feeling overwhelmed, exhausted and tired on a regular basis. I want you to go into the planning process feeling refreshed and powerful. That is how you will build your dream wedding. Take a look at my advice on how to relax and what the benefits are from taking that well deserved break.
The Health Benefits Of Relaxing
Lowers Your Blood Pressure
The first health benefit I want to mention is that relaxing can help to reduce your blood pressure. Now I am not telling you to retire and live your life in front of the tv because that won’t be good for anyone. It is still important to fit in 30 minutes of exercise a day but it is just as important to fit in some time to relax as well.
It Will Increase Your Blood Flow
As well as reducing blood pressure, it is believed that short-term meditation can increase the blood circulation in your brain. As well as this, it can improve focus and self-control which is very important when you are planning your wedding because, as you will know,, you always have to be on the ball in the planning process. Exercise is also known to improve your blood flow but overworking yourself can lead to you feeling stressed, therefore taking you back to square one.
Helps To Reduce Your Aches & Pains
I don’t know about you but I seem to be creaking a lot more when I move these days and I think I am way off the age where this should be happening. If we take the time to relax it is proven to help reduce those aches and pains that we have just gotten used to. Taking some time out to relax will cause your muscles to loosen. This is because we tend to hold our bodies still when we relax. If you’re constantly in motion, your muscle tone will heighten, resulting in tightness, knots and aches. Balancing out the exercise and movement with relaxation can make our bodies feel far better.
Benefits You Both Physically & Mentally
Do you ever feel like your mind is working at a hundred miles per hour? Does it sometimes feel like you can’t think straight? Are you finding yourself feeling mentaly drained and tired on a regular basis? Don’t worry, it is completely normal. All this means is that you are due some relaxing. Take a look at my little exercise below to find out how you can help gain control of your mind again!
Our Easy Relaxing Technique
Here is a simple calming exercise that can help calm the body and mind...
1. Find a quiet space and get comfortable
Begin by taking 5 deep breaths - in through the nose and out through the mouth. Close your eyes once you reach the 5th exhalation.
2. Acknowledge your surroundings
Pick up on any sounds or smells that may be around you. Take the time to really soak up your surroundings.
3. Scan your body
Mentally scan your body from head to toe, observing which parts of your body feel relaxed and identify any tension or discomfort that you have. Take your time with this.
4. Return to your breathing
Focus on the way your body is rising and falling with each breath.
5. Silently count your breaths
Count your breaths, 1 as you inhale, 2 as you exhale, and so on until you get to 10. Then restart from 1. Try to keep focused at all times and do this for as long as you feel comfortable.
6. Start to finish
Once you feel refreshed and you are ready to finish, allow yourself 20 to 30 seconds to just stay still.
7. Bring yourself back
Bring yourself back to anything physical you may be experiencing, e.g. your posture, and slowly open your eyes.
What Are Your Tips For Relaxing?
Make time to relax and your body will reward you! We have some really great wellness products available on our online wedding marketplace that will get you on your way to a more relaxed planning process so click the button below and check them out!