Relaxation Tips for Busy People

We’re all guilty of doing too much, whether it’s putting in long hours at work, or pushing on when we should really be resting. Many of us struggle to find the time to relax, and some of us may even struggle to relax at all. In this fast-paced world where everything is on demand, it’s easy to find that your switch is always on as you constantly look for the next thing, be it on social media, shopping or getting out and about.


There’s always something to do, people to see, things to buy, and all manner of other distractions. It’s no wonder so many of us are feeling exhausted and can’t actually switch off. So, how do we find the time in our busy lives to get the rest and relaxation we desperately need? It’s all about taking time out little and often. For busy people, taking long periods of rest outside of a holiday can feel uncomfortable, especially if we’re also contending with FOMO or battling imposter syndrome. 


But you don’t need to take hours out of your busy schedule to get some relaxation in. It might be something as small as making a hot drink and taking the time to enjoy it away from your desk, or sitting in your favourite chair. You could read just one chapter of a book or do a quick five minute meditation. If you work at a computer, you should be taking a 5-10 minute break every hour, although this is often easier said than done!


Prioritising building relaxation into your day will help reduce stress and anxiety, and even make you more productive. Here’s a sample routine based around a typical working day. You may wish to adapt the timings or activities based on your own lifestyle and preferences:


8:45am – 5 minute meditation

10:00am – Make yourself a drink and enjoy it away from your desk

11:15am – Get up and stretch

12:30pm – Lunch and a quick walk

3:00pm – Make yourself another drink, or read a chapter of a book or flip through a magazine

4:15pm – 5 minute breathwork exercises

5:30pm – Finish work and stretch


The time outside of your working hours is yours to enjoy, and you can build relaxation practices into this too. It’s likely you’re already doing something to relax after work such as going to the gym, or meeting with friends for a drink or dinner. But if you struggle to switch off, perhaps focus on more restful activities such as yoga, reading, taking a hot bath or even going outside for a walk. Over time these small habits build up but it’s important to choose activities that you enjoy above all else. It’s easy to say “I’m too busy”, but we all have plenty of time to focus on our health and wellbeing. Why not practise the schedule above for one day out of the week and see how you feel!

You can find plenty of free meditations and yoga classes on Youtube, and Insight Timer is a great app for guided meditations and breathwork. Let me know how you get on!

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