10 ways to relax at home

Maggie Morrow, counselling, CBT therapy, life coach and psychotherapist London. MSc Integrative Psychotherapy, BSc Psychology, Adv Dip, UKCP.
Author: Maggie Morrow, Award Winning Psychotherapist, Counsellor & Life Coach
Last updated: 16th March 2023

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We all experience stress from time to time; it can affect us both emotionally and physically. Are you feeling tense and moody, overwhelmed by the demands of your family or find it difficult to switch off? If you’ve been suffering from low energy, digestive problems or loss of libido, it’s worth checking with your GP to see if stress could be the cause.

When stress is threatening to get on top of you, for whatever reason, sometimes you just need a quick fix to get you back into balance. We’ve compiled quick and easy relaxation techniques to help.

This blog will focus on 10 fast stress busters at home, while next month we’ll be bringing you 10 simple strategies to restore your inner calm and composure at the office. Why not try them all and see which ones you can incorporate into your daily routine?


Dance your stress away

Get up and move to the rhythm of your favourite dance tunes. Just 10 minutes and you will feel your mood lift as your body’s ‘feelgood’ hormones do their thing.


Stroke your pet

Cats and dogs have been known to help lower stress in humans. Feel your heartbeat slow as you sit with your pet and gently stroke its warm fur.


Breathe relaxing scents

Essential oils such as lavender, geranium and chamomile are known to have calming and relaxing properties. Put them in a room diffuser, aroma lamp or a hanky and breathe deeply.


Legs up the wall

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This simple restorative yoga pose is a favourite stress buster. If you haven’t done yoga before, don’t worry – here’s how.


Call your best friend

A problem shared is a problem halved, goes the saying. Sometimes, you just need a sympathetic ear and an opportunity to vent your frustrations.


Write it down

When a particular issue is playing on your mind, don’t let it overwhelm you. Putting it down in writing helps you create distance and perspective.


Sing out loud

Turn up the radio and sing along at the top of your voice to a catchy tune. You should be able to feel your body loosen up pretty quickly.


Observe your breath

Take just 5 minutes to focus on your breathing with a simple mindfulness meditation. It will leave you calm, composed and ready to carry on with your day.


Hold hands

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Human touch, such as holding hands or giving hugs to someone you love, has a calming effect on the nervous system.


Give thanks

Practising gratitude is a powerful way to feel good about yourself and your life. Think of 3 things to be grateful for every day and write them down.

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