Relax and Recharge Without Spending a Penny

There are few, if any, people who exist in the modern day world who are able to totally avoid stress. With busy work schedules, chaotic family lives and personal relationships to maintain, finding time for yourself can seem near impossible. The increasing average use of technology is another factor that adds to the invasion and interruption of our private time. As our lives get crazier so too grows the need to break away from the chaos and find ways to relax and recharge. Spending a small fortune on a beach getaway, or flying to a remote retreat in the middle of nowhere, are both great options but potentially not financially viable for the majority of people to do on a regular basis.

So for those of us that want to bring the harmony back into our lives without breaking the bank, here are some simple but effective ideas!

Turn it off!

Checking your phone every 20 minutes or so has become a regular action for so many people. Add to that, that large numbers of people have to be hooked to their computer for several hours during the working day and that adds up to a lot of screen time. Technology is continuously making it easier for us to be distracted by the endless amusement and communication that is possible on the internet. However, this constant stream of information and interactions is undoubtedly quite addictive and also massively time consuming. Make sure you have a break from all technology during the day. Your lunch break at work is a great time to do so. Switch your phone off, step away from the computer and go for a walk.

Breathe!

Taking time to focus on your breathing is a great way to mentally detox. During your day try to find a quiet space and take ten deep breaths in and out. Keep your mind clear or repeat a motivational mantra to yourself. You can then return to your tasks armed with a fresh sense of calm.

Mediate!

Meditation, similar to breathing exercises, allows you to understand yourself in the present moment and remove external stresses from your mind. Even just ten minutes of meditation a day can help you to relax and recharge.

Get going!

Exercising is one of the best ways to clear your mind and also to boost happiness and motivation. There are endless forms of exercise that you can do for free, either in the home or outside. It’s best to choose an exercise that you’re comfortable with in order to prevent additional stress. Pushing your body too hard won’t be of any use to your mental state. Going for a walk, doing yoga or cycling are light exercises that are also highly enjoyable.

Incorporating all of the above into your daily routine will help to keep stress levels low whilst also keeping you full of motivation. Of course the occasional break from your routine will also be great for recharging your batteries but there’s no reason why you can’t stay on top of your stress without spending a penny!

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39 Comments Add yours

  1. grenzgaengerei says:

    Thanks for sharing your thoughts, just what I needed today!

  2. surleen7 says:

    love love love this post! 🙂 xoxo

  3. makupsy says:

    I completely agree. I actually had a time I was off WhatsApp because I was getting addicted. The time I was off it I found new hobbies to fill in the gap and now exercise is a great part of my life.
    This was a great post, I hope people take time out to just unwind. 🙂

  4. plpparker says:

    Reblogged this on Past Life Parisian and commented:
    Really thought this blog hit the nail on the head! We get so swept up in daily life, shopping, texting, etc etc…
    Time to get in some TLC “me” time.
    xx
    Ash

  5. WestFourteen says:

    Love this post! Since I discovered Yoga and have learned to breathe through my problems I have found I can cops so much better with what life throws at me 🙂

    http://www.westfourteen.wordpress.com

  6. So true!! my phone was down for a while it was great… but now its back and im as bad as ever 🙂

  7. I have to work on doing these things. It’s especially hard for me to unplug from technology. I’m addicted to my iPhone! I have to try to set aside them to be free from technology though.

  8. Eve Jansonn says:

    Reblogged this on evejansonnpages and commented:
    Seems that stress and depression is an EFFECT.
    Sure, we have TV, therapies, massages, alcohol, everything we want to have – but resting and relations are the ART 🙂
    Thank You for this great post!

  9. babsi765 says:

    You’re so right. I feel that I’m getting more and more addicted to my phone…
    It could also help while sitting in the train just focusing on your thoughts and your breath to relax 🙂

  10. rawkiwi says:

    A great post and a very timely reminder 🙂

  11. soothingaloeatoutlook says:

    I know myself well enough to know that when I make time to exercise daily I am happier, healthier and calmer. I completely agree with this sentiment. Thanks for posting x

  12. Katie Rose says:

    My iPhone arrived yesterday and I can tell already that’s it’s going to be hard to resist checking it regularly! I think turning the internet off your devices can help, so you can focus on using your tech for writing or listening to music without interruptions from the outside world 🙂

  13. Zoale.com says:

    Great post! I completely agree, but meditation is the hardest for me. Definitely one I need to work on 🙂

  14. Ugh! I have the hardest time putting my phone down! I try, but I am seriously addicted. Even if I don’t use it at all, for some reason, I feel like I just have to have it with me at all times. It’s ridiculous. Lol

  15. soothingaloeatoutlook says:

    Try not switching it on for a day. When it’s not on you can’t keep checking it. It’s hard but great. Then (if you have time) log the amount of time you would have spent on the phone checking messages, Whatsapp, FB etc and do something good for you. Go on and good luck. I am doing the same and it is liberating x

  16. slim24pro says:

    Great Though… But these things require firm dedication . ANyway good post

  17. very nice and simple advice…it is really the need of the hour!!

  18. aytahir says:

    so true. smartphones have made our life so anxious.We all need quality time for ourselves. Am also trying to spread the word on healthyjoys.wordpress.com.

  19. mckennalane6 says:

    I love this. Our phones distract us from everything we do. We are mindlessly multitasking all day. Sounds as stressful as it is!

  20. Rohit says:

    effective 👍

  21. Georgia Grey says:

    100% agree. I am a trainee yoga teacher and learning to switch off is so important – metaphorically and literally. I have found trying to resist my phone is one of the hardest things…will keep trying though! x

  22. margaretrkt says:

    Reblogged this on Extraordinary Fitness and Nutrition and commented:
    Other FREE ways to take care of yourself

  23. Great post! Love these tips!

  24. Great post! I am expressing the importance of creating healthy habits from your college years at my blog. Great content and very inspirational for all of us 🙂

  25. dahlclinics says:

    Reblogged this on dahlclinics and commented:
    This is a great blog!

  26. cheflauracerullo says:

    Love your blog! So green – and I don’t just mean the delish pictures! Haha good job

  27. Amy Gage says:

    So glad you highlight exercise as a stress reliever. I’ve made time for it daily for years, and in middle age am also discovering that it’s the fountain of youth as well.

  28. blusabbia says:

    Nicely written xxx

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