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08 June 2021

9 Ways to Relax and Unwind


Nine Ways to Relax and Unwind

Everyone deserves a relaxing day, and even seniors like us are no exception. Just imagine coming home from work or after finishing an errand, and you sit in a comfortable recline chair. As soon as your back hits the soft, cushioned backrest, you close your eyes, and with a push of a button, you are slowly reclined into a sleeping position. What a relief. Aside from this, what are the things that seniors like us can do to achieve a relaxing day? 

Mindful Meditation

Mindful meditation is believed to have potential benefits for seniors. It can help us calm the mind, increase focus, relieve stress and achieve better sleep. It also stimulates the memory centre of the brain, and it activates its creative and cognitive function. You can meditate whether you're in a recline chair or lying in bed. So plug in your earphones, close your eyes, listen to a meditation guide, and you're off to relaxation. 

Listen to Music

People of all ages would agree that listening to their favourite music helps them relax. Indeed, music can help us unwind. According to research from Stanford University, "listening to music seems to be able to change brain functioning to the same extent as medication." Furthermore, music is universal and is available on different platforms. So practice "earphones on, world off" whenever you need to ward off stress. 

Calm Your Senses With Scents

Aromatherapy has been around for ages, and people have relied on this ancient practice of using essential oils to manage their stress and anxiety. Calm your senses, especially when you're about to sleep with fragrances like lavender, bergamot, chamomile, sandalwood and more. 

Get Enough Sleep

Speaking of aromatherapy, relaxing is not complete without getting enough sleep. Sleeping is one of the best ways to pamper yourself, strengthen the immune system, improve memory formation and repair your bodies from within. 

Engage In Some Low-Impact Physical Activities

Keeping yourself moving with light exercises can help you calm down. Yoga, jogging, brisk walking, and even simple stretching can help you keep up.

Connect With Family and Friends 

Keeping your family and friends around and having a good conversation with them is a mood booster. Doesn't it feel good to know that you are being loved and being listened to? 

Engage With Nature

Many studies have shown that spending time outdoors can significantly lower depression, reduce stress, and enhance one's mental well-being. Several activities can help you engage with nature, like gardening, doing picnics, or walking in green parks. 

Create Something 

Most artists channel their stress and anxiety by creating art. But no need to be like Da Vinci or Van Gogh to create something. Just make art in your own way as it can help you relax and decompress. Aside from painting, you can also do cooking, knitting, playing instruments and others. 

Travel When You Can

Travelling keeps us active and moving, which is good for their overall well-being. It is an exciting and liberating experience.

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