Relaxing is a necessary part of managing chronic illness. With our busy lives, sometimes it is difficult to find ways to settle down.
Here are ten ways to relax!
1- Take advantage of nature. Soak up the sunshine, listen to the rain, feel the wind. Whatever the weather is; Open a window and get some fresh air.
2- Listen to a happy song. (Examples of songs for every mood here Ultimate Chronic Illness Playlist )
3- Focus on a happy memory. You may be stuck at work, but you can always go to a happy place in your mind. Think about a wonderful experience you’ve had in your life.
4- Take a hot bath. Epson salt soaks are amazing for relaxation and can aid in pain relief.
5- Watch a funny movie or TV show. A little distraction can help you relax!
6- Spend time with a loved one. A few hours with your best friend can make the world look a whole lot brighter.
7- Take some time to indulge yourself. Put on your favorite comfy clothes, drink some warm tea, put some make up on- anything to pamper yourself.
8- Read a good book. You can always escape to another world with literature.
9- Snuggle with your partner. Hugs release the chemical oxytocin, which aids in stress regulation and can lower pain levels as well. Don’t have partner? Single? Cuddling with a pet can reduce stress too. Grab that cute little dog or cat of yours and curl up on the couch!
10- Singing or dancing. Even if you have zero talent- these are great ways to reduce anxiety and to boost your mood.
If you are not physically able to dance, singing can lift your spirits! Like the disney princesses- sometimes it’s fun to sing a long with whatever you are doing!
If you are able to dance- EVERYBODY LOVES the MACARENA! 🙂
I hope some of these tips help you relax.
Wishing everyone hope & healing <3
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