Stress causes a lot of adverse effects on the body, both physically, mentally and emotionally. Stress can cause high blood pressure, headaches, muscle tension and a weakened immune system and they’re only some of the physical side effects! Relaxation allows the body some time to recover, regenerate and for your mind to switch off and take stock. Here are some of our tips on relaxation and how to get the most out of your downtime.

Do What You Love

Relaxation means different things to different people. For some, it’s a cup of tea and a biscuit in front of the TV and for others it’s a yoga retreat in a hotel. Sometimes relieving stress is as simple as listening to your favourite song and other times it takes a little more, like a tranquil retreat to a country house hotel. Whatever relaxation means to you, that’s what you should focus on. It’s ok to say no to things that cause you unnecessary stress no matter what other people expect you to do. Relaxation isn’t easy and it doesn’t come naturally to most of us so it’s important to figure out what works for you.

Set a Routine

Sometimes the best way to calm down what seems like a chaotic life is to set a routine. Make sure to include practical tasks like working, cooking and cleaning and have a healthy mix of more enjoyable tasks like watching your favourite show or going for a walk to enjoy nature. Schedule some downtime for yourself every day, even if it’s a 10 minute stretch in the mornings or a quiet bath every other evening. Set yourself a bedtime and stick to it to ensure you are getting enough sleep. Routines can also calm a busy or anxious mind and allow you to focus on the task at hand and what’s next.

Stay Active

While for some people a workout sounds like the opposite to an enjoyable activity, for some it is exactly what they had in mind. Staying active doesn’t mean doing a 60-minute intense workout leaving you exhausted and sore, it could mean a walk in the park with the dog. For a really worthwhile relaxing experience that will still get your heart racing, try a yoga class followed by some meditation. Releasing physical tension through yoga will ultimately help to relieve stress. A healthy combination of keeping active and eating well will go a long way toward a healthy relaxed body.

Write It Down

Writing can be a cathartic experience, no matter if you’re writing a diary entry or a shopping list. When we’re stressed, we often focus on the negative aspects of our lives rather than the many positives. Starting a list or blog and adding to it regularly can remind you of the many things we have to be grateful for. Writing down your thoughts can help to get them out of your head leaving you feeling lighter and with less to worry about. Visualise your happy place and write down what you can see, smell, feel and hear. If nothing else, it will calm your mind for a few moments.

Spend Time in Nature

The power of nature should not be underestimated. When you’re feeling stressed or overwhelmed, step away from the situation and take a short walk or simply sit in nature. If you’re lucky enough to live in a rural area you don’t need to travel too far to enjoy the wonder of Mother Nature, but city dwellers need to make a little more effort. Find a local garden or park and visit as often as you can.

Enjoy a Weekend Away

Book yourself a stay in Cahernane House Hotel this Winter for a weekend of wellness and sleep therapy. Cahernane House Hotel have teamed up with holistic sleep therapist Deirdre O' Connor to bring you ‘The Sleep Coach Package’ which runs from the 15-17th of November. The package includes two nights bed and breakfast, dinner on both evenings, regular yoga classes, informative talks and personalised sleep tips. You’ll not only leave completely rested and satisfied; we’ll also give you a gorgeous goodie bag including Elemis quiet mind pillow spray.

To book your stay in Cahernane House Hotel or find out more about our ‘Sleep Couch package’, contact our friendly reservations team today.

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