A big part of mental wellbeing is being able to unwind, relax and distress at the end of a busy day. This is important particularly when you have had a stressful day at home, at work, or looking after the kids. Putting some time aside at the end of each day to ensure you unwind will do wonders for your mental wellbeing, help you sleep better and leave you feeling more refreshed and revitalised in the morning, ready to face a brand new day.
But how do you unwind? With such busy lives it can seem easier said than done. And what does ‘unwinding’ even really mean? Eating your tea in front of the TV might be the only time you feel like you get to unwind, but it’s not enough to make sure you’re truly relaxed.
Switching the TV off half an hour or an hour earlier, running a bath and putting some relaxing music on is a much better way to relax and wind down after a stressful day. Light some candles and read a few pages of a good book; you’ll find this method of relaxing is much better for aiding restful sleep than watching TV.
Avoid computer games at night as they make the brain active and disrupt natural sleep, and swap that alcoholic nightcap for a hot, milky drink. Although alcohol might seem to help you relax, it’s not great for sleep and in fact the hot, milky drink is a much better bet.
Keep your working life and relaxation time separate as far as possible. Even if you work from home or are on call, keep your bedroom work-free, and try to have a quality family time uninterrupted with no emails or phone calls if you can.
Practicing spiritual techniques to help unwind can also be a good idea. That doesn’t mean you have to become a pro at tarot reading or visit a clairvoyant, it might simply be a case of trying out meditation and yoga, both of which are wonderful for unwinding.